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Hyundai Sonata Sets Highest Value Index Score Ever

Hyundai SonataStrategic Vision has released its 14th annual Total Value Index for 2010.

While Volkswagen still retains its top position, Ford has moved up into second position by bumping Honda down - particularly commendable considering that Ford was ranked dead last in the study just eight years ago.

The Hyundai Sonata took the highest Total Value Index score of any vehicle ever tested by Strategic Vision, even amongst luxury badges.

The new sedan won a total of 860 points, prompting the creation of a new Special Value Award category.

The next closest vehicle is the Hyundai Genesis with 852, while the Audi A8 rounds out the top three with 821.

Strategic Vision combines information from a whopping 442 data points in order to rank individual vehicles, and a company's score is created by averaging the verdicts for all of its respective products.

Here are the results for the other segments:

Small CarHonda Civic Hybrid814
Small Multi-Function Volkswagen Golf 790
Mid-Size Car Ford Fusion 802
Mid-Size Multi-Function Subaru Outback 760
Large Car Volkswagen CC 806
Near-Luxury Car Hyundai Genesis 852
Luxury Multi-Function Lincoln MKT 815
Luxury Car Audi A8 821
Specialty Coupe MINI Cooper Hatchback 817
Premium Coupe Audi TT Coupe 816
Mid Specialty Honda Accord Coupe 781
Convertible Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible 814
Premium Convertible/Roadster Audi A5 Cabriolet 820
Minivan Volkswagen Routan 748
Entry Utility Hyundai Tucson 800
Mid-Size Crossover Utility Ford Flex 786
Mid-Size Traditional Utility Toyota 4Runner 762
Large Utility GMC Yukon 747
Luxury Utility Audi Q7 798
Standard Pickup Honda Ridgeline 732
Full-Size Pickup Dodge Ram 1500 767
Heavy Duty Pickup Ford F-250/350 698





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