Whether you’re a daily commuter or an occasional road-tripper, everyone wants the best when it comes to their car. With so much money at play in purchasing a car, it’s important to find a vehicle that goes the extra mile.
“There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you’re buying a car,” said Peter Marshall, Mozo People’s Choice Adjudicator. “We surveyed 3,568 Australians to find out which car brands are their favourites in a range of categories.”
Kia has come a long way from making bicycles in 1944. They are all about finding inspiration in movement and their trend-setter status helped them earn seven Mozo People’s Choice Awards in 2023.
Far and away from the more awkward shaped cars they were associated with in the 1990s, today Kia is synonymous with modern looking cars with durable designs. They took out awards for build quality, reliability, safety features and interior comfort & design, which make them an attractive choice for the whole family.
Kia also topped the class in terms of ownership experience, being well known for their 7 year warranty and 7 year price-capped servicing. They picked up prizes for excellent driving experience, outstanding customer satisfaction, and most recommended.
Mercedes-Benz as a brand dates back to the invention of the motor car in 1886. With that link they define themselves as one of the leading luxury car brands in the world, ready to push the boundaries of technology to find new ways to bring the auto industry into the future.
Their past investments into hybrid technology, safety innovations and automation assisted driving have resulted in sleek, futuristic cars that Australians love to drive, winning awards for excellent driving experience and ownership experience. They won a total of seven Mozo People’s Choice Awards, also standing out for build quality, safety features, interior comfort & design, outstanding customer satisfaction – and most recommended!
Setting trends in sustainability and speeding towards a green future, Tesla are one of the biggest names in the automotive industry today. With some of Australia’s top-selling electric vehicles, Tesla have made a major impact since they came to Australia in the 2010s.
It wasn’t the sustainability that saw them winning awards, with Aussies awarding Tesla for their sleek feel and experience as a driver and an owner. For 2023, Tesla took out four Mozo People’s Choice Awards titles, winning for their build quality, interior comfort & design, excellent driving experience, and ownership experience.
Australians love their Toyotas. Not only did they win four Mozo People’s Choice Awards for 2023, but they’ve consistently been at the top of Australian sales figures for more than 20 years.
We all know about the Aussie love for the HiLux, but Toyota provides for every demographic with their wide catalogue of vehicles (almost all of which are available as hybrids). They have impressed the Aussies with their build quality and reliability, winning those awards along with titles for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction and Most Recommended.
Subaru have been building cars since 1958, so they’ve developed quite the reputation for dependability and quality. In Australia, they’re particularly loved for their devotion to the all-wheel drive Sports Utility Vehicle. That means balancing the utility of a family car with a readiness to tackle any terrain.
Subaru took out three Mozo People’s Choice Awards this year, winning titles for Excellent Driving Experience, Interior Comfort & Design, and Safety Features. Their award-winning safety features include EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Vision Assist Technology, designed to keep you safe in any conditions.The symmetrical all-wheel drive ensures a balanced and controlled ride, one of many things helping to lock in their award for excellent driving experience along with interior comfort and design.
Though Isuzu are known in most of the world for their heavy duty trucks and buses, Aussies still can’t get enough of their classic utes and SUVs like the D-MAX and MU-X. They picked up two 2023 Mozo People’s Choice Awards in the major categories of Most Recommended and Outstanding Customer Satisfaction.
Their knowledge of those heavy duty vehicles means that they know how to make sturdy cars that drivers can trust, if these awards are anything to go by.
The best car brand for you will depend on a lot of factors. This can include the look, price, size, engine, and feel of their cars as well as elements of ownership like their reliability, safety features, and servicing. The Mozo People’s Choice Awards are a good starting point for your search, highlighting brands that are mentioned by Australian customers for their build quality, driving experience, interior comfort, safety features, and customer satisfaction - amongst other things.
There were 54 different car makes rated by survey respondents in the 2023 Mozo People’s Choice Awards. To see the full list of brands, see our People’s Choice Methodology Report.
3,568 Australians were surveyed in the car category, and any brand that received more than 30 mentions was eligible for inclusion. These were then ranked by our judges according to their average rating. The winners represent roughly the top 10% of brands in each category - to find out more, read the full People’s Choice Awards Methodology Report.
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