US automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific have named the Hyundai Genesis and Elantra as their 2009 Ideal Vehicles in each car's respective category.
In the 'Aspirational Luxury Car' category, the Hyundai Genesis beat out top rivals including the Audi A5 and A4, Volvo XC70 and Cadillac CTS, while the Hyundai Elantra topped the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Kia Spectra (Cerato in Australia) in the 'Compact Car' segment.
AutoPacific's fourth annual Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) rank auto manufacturers for how closely their 2009 model year passenger cars, pickups, SUVs or people movers came to matching owners' expectations and criteria.
"Hyundai has created two vehicles that owners say are nearly perfect just the way they are: their ideal vehicle," said George Peterson, president, AutoPacific. "Owners of the Genesis and Elantra indicated through AutoPacific's survey that they are driving a vehicle that meets their expectations, meaning they desire little to no change to their vehicle."
To determine the winners, AutoPacific asked owners to rate their new car or truck on how close it came to "ideal" in 15 different categories ranging from power and acceleration to safety features and storage. The vehicles that customers said they would change the least were considered the most "ideal."