Vincentric has announced its 2015 Best Fleet Value awards with Ford, FCA US, General Motors and Toyota capturing the most categories for their 2015 model-year vehicles.
Ford's vans dominated that category, while Ram light-duty trucks topped pickups. Nissan and Toyota showed strength among passenger cars. Ford, Toyota, and FCA's Jeep brand performed well among crossovers and SUVs.
In all, 11 Ford or Lincoln vehicles earned acclaim. Nine FCA US vehicles from the Dodge, Jeep, or Ram nameplates made the list. General Motors has six vehicles on the list from Buick and Cadillac. Toyota had five vehicles on the list. Nissan and Subaru earned four awards.
Ford earned six of the nine van awards on the strength of its new Transit full-size van introduced in a variety of configurations. Vincentric chose two Transit 150 vans (low- and medium-roof models) and two Transit 350 vans (low- and medium-roof).
Ram nearly swept the pickup segment with three of the four winners, including the 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks. Toyota's Tacoma earned the top mid-size pickup.
General Motors' Buick nameplate earned five awards for the Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave.
To determine the award recipients, Vincentric performs a cost of ownership analysis on more than 2,700 vehicle configurations based on typical use in commercial fleets. Vincentric measures cost of ownership using eight different cost factors including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs.
Each vehicle was evaluated in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., using 20 lifecycle cost scenarios. Winners were identified by determining the vehicles that had the lowest fleet lifecycle cost in the most scenarios for its segment.
View the full list of winners here.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet