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Would you recommend your 2009 car to a friend?

Most friends recommend 2009 Infiiniti G37

The 2009 Infiniti G37 would be recommended to friends by 95% of new owners.Who do you go to for advice when buying a new car? What about owners themselves? AutoPacific has just analysed recommendation intentions from 25,000 new-car owners, and the results offer interesting insights.

The survey probed consumers who purchased or leased new cars or light trucks in the period from September to December 2008.

“Typically, car buyers are very pleased when they first drive their new car off the dealer lot. But just as a vehicle's worth depreciates over time, some car owners' level of confidence depreciates,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “We have quantified their level of confidence to see which new car owners will recommend their model most and this is information which will help new car shoppers make informed, confident buying decisions. While many owners can be happy with their new cars, it takes another level of confidence to recommend it.”

Porsche leads as the top brand in a close race, with the highest owner recommendation of 91%. “Porsche owners' feelings for their cars run deep, some might call it devotion,” says Peterson. “Clearly that is still the case as the Porsche line-up all scored well in this survey.”

The vehicle - car or truck - registering highest overall satisfaction in 2009 is the Infiniti G37, which was recommended by 95% of new owners. The truck with the highest overall satisfaction score is the Ford F-150, recommended by 89% of its owners. In a tie, the SUVs with the highest overall satisfaction score are the GMC Yukon XL and Honda CR-V, recommended by 93% of their owners.

At the manufacturer level, multiple top-ranked award winners include: Toyota with eight top rankings (Toyota 6, Lexus 2), Ford with six (Ford 5, Lincoln 1), Honda with three, General Motors with two (Chevy 1, GMC 1), and Chrysler with two (Jeep 1, Dodge 1).

The question asked was:“Would you recommend your new vehicle to a friend or relative? Scores are based on the responses, ranging from “Yes, definitely,” “Yes, with reservations,” or “No.”


Premium Luxury Car: Lexus LS
Executive Luxury Car: Jaguar XF
Aspirational Luxury Car: Infiniti G37 (most recommended - 95%)
Large Car: Toyota Avalon
Luxury Mid-Size Car: Lexus ES
Premium Mid-Size Car: Toyota Camry
Mid-Size Car: Volkswagen Jetta
Image Compact Car: Toyota Prius
Mainstream Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
Economy Car: Honda Fit
Premium Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette
Sports Car: Nissan 350Z
Sporty Car: Ford Mustang

Large Light-Duty Pickup: Ford F-150
Large Heavy-Duty Pickup: Ford F-Super Duty
Compact Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
Luxury Sport Utility: Lincoln Navigator
Large Sport Utility: GMC Yukon XL
Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility: Toyota 4Runner
Mid-Size Sport Utility: Dodge Nitro
Compact SUV/Off-Road Vehicle: Jeep Wrangler
Luxury Crossover SUV: Land Rover LR2
Large Crossover SUV: Ford Flex
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV: Ford Edge
Mainstream Mid-Size Crossover SUV: Honda CR-V
Compact Crossover SUV: Honda Element
Minivan: Toyota Sienna


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