Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value awards announced; GM, Toyota, and Ford have strong showings


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan – March 15, 2007 – Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America™ awards were announced today, with General Motors, Toyota, and Ford Motor Co. brands each taking top honors in 7 of the 30 vehicle segments. The Chrysler Group also had a strong showing, winning four different categories. Due to increased availability, hybrid vehicles were eligible for the fleet awards this year, with the Toyota Prius hybrid and the Mercury Mariner hybrid winning awards. 


To determine Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America™ awards, Vincentric used its ongoing, comprehensive analysis of fleet lifecycle costs to identify the best fleet values in the industry. The company measured 8 cost factors for over 2,000 vehicle configurations in the 2007 model year, with twelve different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios used in each of the 50 states plus DC. The resulting 9,000,000+ lifecycle cost measurements were then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles.


The eight cost factors that determined overall lifecycle costs were depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs. These costs were integrated with the Vincentric Fleet Price, which estimates the acquisition cost for each vehicle in the study.


“The variety of winning brands shows that fleet buyers are justified in looking at multiple manufacturers when reviewing their fleet needs. Our winning vehicles provide great value in a wide range of lifecycle scenarios”, stated David Wurster, President of Vincentric. “Annual mileage was measured ranging from a low of 20,000 miles to a high of 30,000 miles, along with timeframes from 24 to 60 months of ownership.” 


The vehicle segments and the winners of Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America™ awards for the 2007 model year are listed below. In addition, a review of each winner and further information about the study is available at





Compact, over $18,000 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL 4D Sedan
Compact, under $18,000 Saturn ION Level 2 4D Sedan
Large Chevrolet Impala LS 4D Sedan
Luxury Volvo S80 3.2 4D Sedan
Mid-Size, over $23,000 Toyota Prius Touring 4D Hatchback
Mid-Size, under $23,000 Toyota Prius Base 4D Hatchback
Near-Luxury Volvo S40 2.4 i4D Sedan
Prestige Luxury Mercedes-Benz E Class E550 4D Sedan
Subcompact, over $17,000 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5 2D Coupe
Subcompact, under $17,000 Toyota Yaris Base 2D Hatchback
Wagon, over $23,000 Subaru Outback 2.5i 4D Wagon
Wagon, under $23,000 Dodge Caliber Base 4D Hatchback


Compact SUV, over $23,000 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4D Utility 4WD
Compact SUV, under $23,000 Jeep Patriot Sport 4D Utility FWD
Mid-Size SUV, over $30,000 Toyota Highlander Sport 4D Utility 4WD
Mid-Size SUV, under $30,000 Jeep Compass Sport 4D Utility 2WD
Large SUV, over $42,000 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4D Utility 2WD
Large SUV, under $42,000 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4D Utility 2WD
Crossover, over $29,000 Nissan Murano S 4D Utility AWD
Crossover, under $29,000 Saturn VUE Base 4D Utility FWD


Compact Pickup Toyota Tacoma Base Reg Cab 2WD
Full Size Pickup Ford F150 XL Reg Cab 2WD 126
Heavy Duty 3/4 Ton Pickup Ford F250 XL Reg Cab 2WD
Heavy Duty 1 Ton Pickup Ford F350 XL Reg Cab 2WD SRW
Heavy Duty 1 Ton Chassis Cab Chevrolet Silverado C/C Classic 3500 LT Reg Cab 2WD 137


Full Size Cargo Van  GMC Savana Cargo G1500 Cargo SWB
Full Size Passenger Van Chevrolet Express G1500 Wagon SWB
Mini Cargo Van Ford Freestar Van Cargo Van
Minivan, over $27,000 Chevrolet Uplander LT Wagon
Minivan, under $27,000 Dodge Caravan SE 4D Wagon





Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Using Vinbase™, its comprehensive, proprietary cost-of-ownership database, the company measures and analyzes the overall cost of owning and operating vehicles and its impact on the value provided to buyers. Vincentric data is used by organizations such as Yahoo! Autos,, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Business Fleet Magazine and as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC, is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


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Dave Freed
Vincentric, LLC