2013 – Cars Ratings – Performance

Posted by Canstar Blue November 15th 2013

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New cars versus used cars: the pros and cons as told by Australian drivers

Car Awards 2013 - PerformanceOur most recent survey has revealed why motorists choose to purchase new or used cars. Roughly half of our respondents who bought a brand new car did so because it is mechanically more reliable than alternatives, while two in five purchased because of its warranty.

Here are some other reasons that motorists used to justify their new car purchase:

  • newer cars are ‘more fuel efficient’ (34%),
  • they deserved a new car (33%),
  • they want peace of mind in knowing the car’s complete history (27%), and
  • they would have more choice over colour, style, extra features (21%).

A greater proportion of drivers bought used vehicles because of cost considerations. For example, half of the respondents who purchased a used car did so because it was ‘better value for money’, and an even greater number purchased because they thought a new car wouldn’t fit into their budget (59%).

Volkswagen and Honda are both five star performers in 2013 Motoring Awards

New cars can deliver outstanding performance, which is obviously part of their appeal. If you’re in the market for a car that consistently operates at its best, use our customer satisfaction ratings to find your dream machine.

Congratulations to both Volkswagen and Honda, who both received our Most Satisfied Customers Award – Car Performance for 2013.

Both of these recipients have a long-standing reputation for producing performance vehicles. Volkswagen has innovated for many years in the ‘hot hatchback’ space, thanks to its Golf and Polo fleets. Similarly, Honda has been a performance powerhouse for decades – spanning from the days of the Honda NSX, to the newly released Civic hybrids.

Subaru, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mazda, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, Holden and Ford all received four star ratings for performance. Both Suzuki and Nissan were also rated, with each brand receiving three stars in this area.

Frequently asked questions

Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 7,500 Australian consumers over a number of months to measure their satisfaction across a range of motoring products and services. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group – in this case, 2,026 people – who had bought a new car from a dealership in the last three years and rated performance.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands that received three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10.