FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Edmunds.com Announces Inaugural Consumers' Top Rated Vehicle Awards for 2008
Vehicles With Highest Average Consumer Rating on Edmunds.com Honored
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 22, 2008 — Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announced the winners of the first Edmunds.com Consumers' Top RatedSM Vehicle Awards. Consumers rate vehicles in eight different categories: performance, comfort, fuel economy, fun to drive, interior design, exterior design, build quality and reliability. All 2008 vehicle models that received the required minimum number of consumer ratings as of April 30, 2008 were eligible.
"These awards are made possible by consumers who submit reviews on new or used vehicles they own," said Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief of Edmunds.com. "They are the result of real-world driving and ownership impressions"
Among manufacturers, Audi led the pack, winning four awards, while Toyota, Lexus and Chevrolet tied for second place, each winning two awards.
The 2008 winners are:
|Convertible Under $35,000||Smart Fortwo|
|Convertible Over $35,000||Audi TT|
|Coupe Under $25,000||Saturn Astra|
|Coupe $25K-$35K||Audi TT|
|Coupe $35K-$45K||Audi A5|
|Coupe Over $45,000||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Sedan Under $15,000||Scion XD|
|Sedan $15K-$25K||Hyundai Azera|
|Sedan $25K-$35K||Toyota Avalon|
|Sedan $35K-$45K||Audi A6|
|Sedan Over $45,000||Lexus GS 460|
|Hybrid||Mercury Mariner Hybrid|
|SUV Under $25,000||Jeep Patriot|
|SUV $25K-$35K||Buick Enclave|
|SUV $35K-$45K||Lincoln MKX|
|SUV Over $45,000||Lexus LX 570|
|Compact Truck||Toyota Tacoma|
|Large Truck||Chevrolet Avalanche|
|Wagon Under $35,000||Volkswagen Passat|
|Wagon Over $35,000||Mercedes-Benz R-Class|
Details on all award winners are located at the Consumers Top Rated Awards Page at http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/consumers-top-rated/.
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com, Inc. publishes three Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers and enthusiasts. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site. Its most popular feature, the Edmunds.com True Market Value® , is relied upon by millions of people seeking current transaction prices for new and used vehicles. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com Study(SM), was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated "#1" in Keynote's study of third-party automotive Web sites. Inside Line launched in January 2005 and is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. CarSpace launched in February 2006 and is an automotive social networking Web site and home to the oldest and most established automotive community. AutoObserver.com launched in 2007 and provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.