As compared to the Chevrolet Volt, workhorses like the Chevy Silverado HD and Chevy Tahoe sit at the opposite end of the size spectrum, but all three do have a few things in common—and impressively, this includes being named segment winners in Vincentric’s 2012 Best Value in America awards.
Chevrolet Dealer IN said the honors are given only to vehicles with particularly low ownership costs and take into account outlays for everything from fuel to insurance to repairs and maintenance. In addition, although the Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevy Colorado and light-duty Silverado didn’t lead their segments this year, they did perform so well that Chevrolet was named the No. 1 truck brand overall for value. (Note: crossovers and SUVs are categorized as “cars” by Vincentric.)
In fact, Chevrolet’s heavy-duty pickups actually garnered two individual Best Value in America titles. The Silverado 2500HD was the leader in the ¾-ton class, thanks in part to its particularly low depreciation costs, while the Silverado 3500HD bested all rivals in the 1-ton segment for the third year in a row. According to Vincentric, low insurance and depreciation costs helped make the difference here.
In the increasingly important Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Car segment, the Volt earned the top spot for the second consecutive year, beating out a growing number of entries that now includes the Toyota Prius Plug-in. And remember, in addition to being a Best Value in America, the Volt also was recently named the 2012 European Car of the Year.
Finally, the Chevrolet Tahoe took its fourth straight Best Value crown, with Vincentric praising it for showcasing the lowest fuel costs, depreciation rate and total ownership costs in the Large SUV segment.