2019 ASG AWARDS: Best All-Around Performance and Best Environmental Performance in the Minivan segment.
NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: Top all-around performing Minivan for the third consecutive year, outperforming 52 model variants, and holding the smallest carbon footprint at 34% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle, as compared to the average competitor in the segment.
ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE RATING: 100
ASG’s annual study found the Pacifica Hybrid to offer the best all-around performance of any model year 2019 Minivan, earning the distinguished BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award for the third consecutive year. In ASG’s data-driven automotive assessment, the Pacifica Hybrid outperformed all 52 minivan variants in its competitive segment.
In ASG’s environmental performance assessment, the Pacifica Hybrid furthered its winnings by holding the smallest carbon footprint of any model year 2019 Minivan, earning the distinguished BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE award in class, again for the third consecutive year. ASG found the Pacifica Hybrid to produce 34% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle, as compared to the average vehicle in its segment. ASG found the Pacifica Hybrid to produce 286 grams of CO2-e emissions per mile driven over its full life-cycle (accounting for resource extraction, processing, vehicle assembly, delivery, use and upstream fuel phases). This is on par with vehicles in much smaller classes, such as the Toyota Avalon Hybrid with 284 grams, the Lexus ES 300h at 287 grams, or the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at 295 grams per mile driven lifetime.
Further, the 32-mile all electric range and advanced gas-electric combination not only reduces emissions, but also significantly reduces fuel costs. ASG found the Pacifica Hybrid to have the lowest fuel cost in class over the first 6.5 years of vehicle operation, a savings of $5,600 over the segment average, and $3,890 less than the next closest competitor.
The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.
Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.
While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.
One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.