For companies adding to their fleet of vehicles available for employee use or as part of a hiring package, there are several things that need to be considered. Price, reliability, dependability, safety and running costs are often primary concerns. Still, much of the choice comes down to need and how the vehicle will be used. Whether you’re looking for a workhorse or an executive’s ride, here are the top 5 contenders for the best company car models for 2017 based on value for the money.
1. Toyota Prius
As a compact hybrid, the Toyota Prius is one of the top selling company fleet vehicles of 2017. It also won the Best Hybrid Compact Car for the Money Award from U.S. News & World Report. It was deemed that over a 5-year period safety, reliability and quality scores exceeded those of 24 other vehicles in a direct comparison. It’s well-appointed interior, fuel efficiency, comfortable ride and safety sense driver assistance features that come standard simply add to its allure.
2. Lexus ES
If you need to add midsize luxury cars to your fleet, the Lexus ES should be considered. Its smooth, quiet ride, spacious rear seats, superb safety score, infotainment interface and new standard advanced safety features helped ensure its placement at the top of the 2017 class. Pre-collision braking and lane-keep-assist features come standard while luxury appointments make it the perfect cruiser for getting around. When it comes to luxury cars, it surpasses all competitors in value and quality in this class.
3. Nissan Murano
The Nissan Murano blew the competition away in the midsize 2-row SUV category. It features the same performance, comfort and refinement as the luxury SUV’s but without the high price tag. In fact, its interior was found to be superior to all other models in the class by delivering a smooth, cushioned ride over a variety of surfaces. It is a well-rounded vehicle that features an upscale interior, excellent fuel economy and the latest technology while achieving superior reliability ratings. Its best feature, however, is its high safety rating which also helped it achieve the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
4. Hyundai Sonata
For a mid-sized car with the largest trunk in its class, Hyundai Sonata is an excellent choice. Its superior gas mileage, comfortable ride and warranty (one of the longest on the market) make it an ideal addition to any fleet. It was found by U.S. News & World Report to feature the best combination of value and quality in the class. Best of all, it has one of the lowest starting prices in the category even with all the features taken into consideration.
5. Chevrolet Colorado
For something with a little more cargo room, you won’t be disappointed with the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s a workhorse featuring the highest towing and payload capacities and comes in three engine models; those with fuel-efficiency in mind, power or with a diesel engine that provides both power and fuel-efficiency. It has a handsome, comfortable, quiet cabin and is reliable with smooth and stable handling. Additionally, its low starting price make it the perfect choice for many companies. When added to the fact that it also won the Best Compact Truck for the Money Award in 2015 and 2016, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
When adding to a fleet, many features must be taken into consideration. Value and quality are often at the forefront of such decisions. The Best Value for the Money Award Winners are well-worth considering. The important thing is that you have a way to ensure that what you purchase will serve you and your employees well.