The 2011 Motorist Choice Awards approaches cars from a consumer angle

There are plenty of lists of best vehicles for all sorts of qualifications, but rarely do they venture outside of certain classes. However, one list does things a bit differently. Intelli-choice and AutoPacific recently announced their 2011 Motorist Choice Awards, which are grouped by unique categories, rather than just by class, price or other standard classification of vehicles. Drivers who are looking to buy a car with an auto loan may not be set on a certain type or size. Instead they might be looking for a vehicle that suits an active lifestyle or something that will turn heads. These are some of the groups that the awards put together to make it easier for drivers to find a variety of vehicles that might suit their needs in one place.

“The Motorist Choice Awards are designed to assist consumers by using a categorization scheme other than traditional vehicle classes. Our research has shown that buyers often shop in more than one vehicle segment based on their needs and uses, rather than simply choosing a segment and then comparing models within it,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “Whether buyers are seeking a kid friendly, youthful, or fun to drive vehicle – we have a suggestion that will fit their budget and needs.”

The categories, such as Cargo Hauler and Fun to Drive, each have two winners, one for the luxury class and the other for popular models.

Volkswagen’s Toureg and the Cadillac Escalade were named the best “High Tech” cars. The Scion tC and Lexus IS took home awards for being the best cars for younger drivers.

When it comes to value, the Hyundai Elantra was named the best car, along with the Lexus HS. U.S. News reports that the average price paid for a new Elantra is between $15,950 and $21,180. It is also the 5th most affordable new car according to the news source’s ranking. Aside from the price tag, the Elantra provide a great deal of value at the pump. It gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway. The U.S. Department of Energy even ranked it the best car in its class for fuel economy.