It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about presents and stuffing and holiday cheer (yet) — it’s automotive award season! Now, not every automotive publication and outlet chooses the end of the year to announce their respective “Car of the Year” awards, but quite a few have been declared by this point in the year. Here is a roundup of the cars that have been awarded so far, maybe shedding light on which vehicles might win North American Car and Truck of the Year.
This car was selected by Motor Trend as its Car of the Year, and who can argue? The CTS is a terrific blend of performance, style and luxury. M/T’s editor-in-chief, Ed Loh said: “Our judges were particularly impressed by the CTS’s responsive powertrains and masterful balance of smooth ride and sporty handling.” Motor Trend also named the Ram 1500 as its Truck of the Year.
In perhaps an unexpected announcement, the all-new Lexus IS was voted as Esquire’s Car of the Year. The IS was one of our finalists for Bold Ride of the Year, but it apparently impressed the folks at Esquire more than it did us.
When a publication like Popular Mechanics names you as their car of the year, there is some serious engineering afoot. But if you listen to PopMech editor-in-chief, Jim Meigs, it was for far more practical reasons: “The Mazda6 really impressed us with how well it delivers so many things modern car owners want: great mileage, fun road-handling, upscale features and looks – and remarkable value.”
Arguably another surprise selection was the Honda Accord as the Green Car Journal’s car of the year. We’re not talking about just the hybrid or plug-in versions, either– the ENTIRE lineup of Accords won, including the I4 and V6 conventional powertrains. Also, it’s close to unheard of to name the same Car of the Year back-to-back, so…sorry Tesla Model S.
We’re a blog for the common driver and enthusiast, alike. But the Camaro Z/28 was chosen for those drivers that fall into the latter group. There are many more refined cars out there (much more refined), but we are thankful every day that cars like this snarling brute continue to exist.
Was there any surprise? More outlets are naming the new Corvette as their car of the year than any other thing with four wheels. Why? According to Marco R. della Cava, Alex Lloyd, and the rest of the Yahoo Autos editors, “[it] strikes an amazing balance, providing supercar performance and looks for less than its European rivals while offering a welcome reminder that a bona fide legend of the American roads has no intention of pulling over.”
The Corvette also won as Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year, and Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year. We fully expect other outlets to crown the Vette as their vehicle of choice. If you were taking bets on which car would be named North American Car of the Year the favorite would certainly be the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Though, if you are taking action on NACTOY, you might have a betting problem.