The Big Three battle it out in time-honoured tradition
1. Holden Caprice
THE Big Three vying for podium spots sounds like Mount Panorama in the 1970s, but also describes our sub-$60K large sedan class. Not only do Holden, Chrysler and Ford duke it out, but so do the three mainstream fuel types: LPG, diesel and petrol. The clear winner here is the Lion and LPG, but the finish was closer than many of the great Bathurst battles. There was just 0.04 of a percent between first and second, and 0.05 from second to third! That’s incredible given each car has a different set of strengths. For the V6 Holden, the biggie was the low cost of LPG, but a fair 55 percent resale and nine-month service interval also helped.
2. Ford G6E Ecoboost
THE four-pot Falcon certainly doesn’t do it on the strength of its three-year resale – 39 percent, ouch! – leaving the Blue Oval to rely on cheap insurance and a 12-month service interval.
3. Chrysler 300 Limited
BUMPED to the bronze by a gnat’s knacker. Resale and insurance are the big Yank’s key wins; six-monthly service requirement and a middle-of-the-road diesel bill its defeats.
|Large <$60k||Purchase Price||Comb. Fuel (L/100km)||Fuel RON (min. rec.)||3-year fuel cost||Redbook resale (%)||3-year deprec.||AAMI insurance prem.||Service interval (months)||Warranty (years)|
|Ford Falcon G6E Ecoboost||$46,735||8.5||91||$4852||39||$28,508||$1069.45||12||3|
|Chrysler 300 Limited CRD||$48,000||7.1||D||$4291||56||$21,120||$1261.34||6||3|
Notable classmates: Skoda Superb Elegance 191 FSI, Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR6 / Number of cars crunched: 5
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