The 2013 Ford Explorer won the Large Crossover category.

The 2013 Ford Explorer won the Large Crossover category.

General Motors, Ford, and Toyota gave strong performances in the eighth annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award, the only fleet-specific valuation award of its kind in the automotive industry. To determine the awards, Vincentric measured all costs involved in owning a vehicle, including depreciation, fuel and maintenance, for 3,400 vehicle configurations in the 2013 model year.

On the List

GM topped the list this year with nine awards, while Ford and Toyota were close behind with eight winning vehicles each. Other manufacturers with notable results were Chrysler Group, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

The General Motors success was evident in the key fleet segments of heavy duty pickups and full-size vans, along with a strong showing by Buick in the premium vehicle categories. Ford showed strength across its product line-up, with the half-ton F-150 pickup and strong passenger car results contributing to the automaker’s overall strong performance.

The Toyota achievements were led by the Tacoma, which won for the eighth year in a row, along with numerous Toyota winners in the hybrid and SUV/crossover segments. Chrysler’s success was highlighted by three winning Dodge vehicles, while BMW showed value in the premium segments with the winners. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter used strong lifecycle costs in all three of its market segments to earn those awards for the second year in a row.

The 2013 Buick Verano took the trophy in the Mid-size Sedan category.

The 2013 Buick Verano took the trophy in the Mid-size Sedan category.

“Our awards look to provide guidance to all types of fleet buyers, and the fact that we have winners from a variety of manufacturers illustrates the growing competition in the fleet market,” stated David Wurster, president of Vincentric. “By segmenting the awards and analyzing different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios, vehicle buyers have guidance for determining the fleet vehicle that best meets the needs of their organization.”

Awards Methodology

To determine the 2013 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards, Vincentric, a provider of automotive cost-of-ownership data,  analyzed more than 3,400 vehicle configurations in 20 different lifecycle cost scenarios, using eight cost factors, including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs.

The lifecycle costs were measured in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, with more than 25 million lifecycle cost measurements used to determine the winning vehicles.

Further information regarding all of the winners of the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for the 2013 model year and the Vincentric methodology is available at


Vincentric's 2013 Model Year Winners 

 Vehicle SegmentMake/Model
Passenger Cars    
  Micro Chevrolet Spark LS
  Subcompact Toyota Yaris 5-Door L
  Compact, Hatchback Ford Focus SE
  Compact, Sedan Nissan Versa S Plus
  Compact, Sedan, Premium BMW 3-Series 328i
  Compact, Hybrid Toyota Prius c One
  Electric Nissan Leaf S
  Plug-In Hybrid Ford C-Max Energi SEL
  Mid-size, Sedan Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4
  Mid-size, Sedan, Premium Buick Verano Base
  Mid-size, Sedan, Hybrid Toyota Camry Hybrid LE
  Mid-size, Sedan, Hybrid, Premium Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  Large, Sedan Ford Taurus SE
  Large, Sedan, Premium Buick LaCrosse Base FWD
  Prestige Sedan BMW 7-Series 740Li xDrive
  Wagon Subaru Impreza Base
  Wagon, Premium Volvo XC70 3.2 FWD
Sport Utilities and Crossovers    
  Crossover, Compact, Entry-level Jeep Patriot Sport 2WD
  Crossover, Compact, Mid-level Toyota RAV4 LE 2WD
  Crossover, Compact, Premium Buick Encore Base FWD
  Crossover, Mid-size Dodge Journey SE FWD
  Crossover, Mid-size, Premium BMW X3 xDrive28i
  Crossover, Large Ford Explorer Base FWD
  Crossover, Large, Premium Buick Enclave Convenience FWD
  Crossover, Hybrid Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD
  SUV, Compact Toyota FJ Cruiser 2WD
  SUV, Mid-size Toyota 4Runner SR5 2WD V6
  SUV, Large Dodge Durango SXT
  SUV, Large, Premium Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL 350 BlueTEC
Pickup Trucks    
  Compact Pickup Toyota Tacoma Reg Cab 2WD
  Full-size Pickup, 1/2 Ton Ford F-150 XL Reg Cab 2WD 126
  Full-size Heavy Duty Pickup, 3/4 Ton Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500HD W/T Reg Cab 2WD LWB
  Full-size Heavy Duty Pickup, 1 Ton Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 3500HD W/T Reg Cab 2WD LWB SRW
  Minivan Dodge Grand Caravan SE FWD
  Mini Cargo Van Ford Transit Connect XL
  Full-size Passenger Van, 1/2 Ton Ford E150 Vans XL
  Full-size Passenger Van, 3/4 Ton Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Std Roof 144 WB
  Full-size Passenger Van, 1 Ton Chevrolet/GMC Express/Savana G3500 SWB
  Full-size Cargo Van, 1/2 Ton Chevrolet/GMC Express/Savana G1500 Cargo SWB
  Full-size Cargo Van, 3/4 Ton Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van 2500 Std Roof 144 WB
  Full-size Cargo Van, 1 Ton Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van 3500 High Roof 144 WB