2011 Lexus GX 460
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2011 Lexus GX 460 – Premium full-size SUV – New in 2010, the 2011 Lexus GX 460 edged out the Toyota Land Cruiser to win in the premium full-size SUV category thanks to lower insurance costs and improved residuals.
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2011 Lexus RX 350 – Premium crossover/wagon – While residuals were a major factor in its category win, the 2011 Lexus RX 350 also benefits from low insurance and repair costs.
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2011 Lexus IS 250 – Premium compact passenger car – Beating out the Lexus ES 350, the 2011 Lexus IS 250 boasted high residual values.
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2011 Lexus IS 250c – Premium convertible – Lower repair costs cinched the win for the 2011 Lexus IS 250c.
2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid
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2011 GMC Yukon – Full-size SUV – New winner in the category, the 2011 GMC Yukon, which beat out the Toyota Sequoia, boasts low fuel and maintenance costs.
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport2011 Chevrolet Corvette – Performance car – No surprise here, since the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette benefits from high retained values, low repair costs, and lower insurance costs (within its category). See why Nelson Ireson calls the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette “ridiculously fast and still daily-driver practical” in this review.
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2011 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design
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2011 Volvo C30 – Premium sporty/coupe – Three years of no-charge factory-recommended maintenance is a plus for the Volvo C30, which beat out the Audi A5 for a category win.
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2011 Volvo XC90 – Luxury crossover/wagon – New winner in the luxury crossover/wagon category this year, the 2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 six-cylinder also benefits from Volvo’s three-year no-cost factory-recommended maintenance program.
2011 MINI Cooper
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2011 MINI Cooper Hatchback – Sporty/coupe – Like Volvo, MINI provides new-car customers with three years of free maintenance. Doing very well on residual values, MINI is an iconic brand with the highest retained value in its class. Relatively low maintenance costs and good insurance costs clinch the win. Also check out TheCarConnection review of the 2011 MINI Cooper (covers hatchback and convertible).
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2011 MINI Cooper Convertible – Convertible – Everything that applies to the MINI Cooper Hatchback also works in favor of the 2011 MINI Cooper Convertible for a first-place win in this category. MINI Cooper is a consistent winner in the Intellichoice Best Overall Value of the Year Awards.
The following automakers each won one award:
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2011 Audi A3 – Premium compact crossover/wagon – Fuel economy and the strongest residual value in its group are two reasons the Audi A3 wins in the premium compact crossover/wagon category. Read why Bengt Halvorson says the 2011 Audi A3 is “stylish, refined and versatile” in this review in TheCarConnection.
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2011 Subaru Outback – Crossover/wagon – The redesigned 2011 Subaru Outback, with its standard all-wheel drive and high safety scores has excellent insurance costs and sales continue to increase each year.