Tustin, California – The all-new Suzuki Kizashi ranked highest of all new cars and trucks for owner satisfaction in the 14th annual AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA), which measure how satisfied customers are with their new cars and light trucks. The survey is based on the opinions of over 42,000 owners.

“While the auto industry is showing signs of improvement, more than ever before, manufacturers need to be able to differentiate themselves,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “Proof of satisfied customers is as good as gold. We’ve found that more than 25 per cent of new-car buyers are positively influenced by owner-based awards like the VSA when deciding on a new car or truck.

“Vehicles that score highest in the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are delivering value and satisfaction across a wide range of attributes. The winners perform well in 48 separate categories that objectively measure the ownership experience.”

The Kizashi scored 99 points above the industry average to place first among all 2010 model-year vehicles in the survey. Among trucks and SUVs, the Lincoln MKT scored 94 points above the industry average. At the manufacturer level, Ford had five wins, while General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Toyota took three awards each.

The 2010 award winners are:

Highest satisfaction premium brand: Cadillac

Highest satisfaction popular brand: Buick

Premium luxury car: Lexus LS

Aspirational luxury car: Hyundai Genesis

Luxury midsize car: Nissan Maxima

Large car: Ford Taurus

Premium midsize car: Honda Accord

Midsize car: Suzuki Kizashi

Premium compact car: Volkswagen GTI

Compact car: Nissan Cube

Economy car: Honda Fit

Sports car: Porsche 911

Sporty car: Chevrolet Camaro

Hybrid: Mercury Milan Hybrid (not sold in Canada)

Heavy-duty pickup: Dodge Ram HD

Large light-duty pickup: Ford F-150

Compact pickup: Honda Ridgeline

Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade

Large SUV: Ford Expedition

Premium midsize SUV: Nissan Pathfinder/Toyota 4Runner

Midsize SUV: Dodge Nitro

Premium luxury crossover: Lincoln MKT

Luxury crossover SUV: Lexus RX

Large crossover SUV: GMC Acadia

Premium midsize crossover SUV: Ford Edge

Midsize crossover SUV: Ford Escape

Compact crossover SUV: Hyundai Tucson

Minivan: Honda Odyssey

Hybrid truck: Lexus RX 400h

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