Ask The Best And Brightest: What Is Your Car Of The Year?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
ask the best and brightest what is your car of the year

Chevy’s Volt and Ford’s Explorer won North American Car and Truck of the year, a result which surprised precisely nobody here at Cobo Hall. The Volt beat out Nissan’s Leaf and Hyundai’s Sonata, while the Explorer beat out Dodge’s Durango and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee. But forget the well-fed journos who make up the NACOTY jury… what is your car and truck of the year… and why?

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  • Kita Ikki Kita Ikki on Jan 11, 2011

    Hyundai Elantra (or is it next year's COTY?)

  • Kman Kman on Jan 11, 2011

    My COTY vote: Hyundai Sonata, for all the reasons stated by others, including the innovative for the segment "we-don't-need-a-V6". That being said: In the thirty years since I picked up my first C&D and became a "car enthusiast" (worked in industry, raced 'em, club-ed them, etc...), I notice one constant: The North American manufacturers have so constantly produced crap, that when a car they produce is simply _not_ crap, it gets praised and given high laurels and awards. The pattern is consistent when, one to three years later, that model is just quietly not mentioned anymore because it was, after all, crap, or, really, just quite ordinary. The 1981 GM X-cars (Chevy Citation II, Pontiac Phoenix, etc...) were heralded as world-changing, America's front-wheel-drive miracle cars. The 1988 Chevy Beretta was hailed as a great, almost-Teutonic 2-door sports sedan. The 1st gen Caddy CTS, the aforementioned Chevy Vega, heck I even submit the 1982 Mustang, which was only raved about because the Mustang II was so embarrassingly abhorrent. The list continues and is consistent over the years. I actually like the Volt. I hope it works or is indeed the the game-changer all its hype claims. However, by this standard, the MY 2000 (1999?) Toyota Prius should have been COTY. For this year, it's Hyundai's Sonata.

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    • Steven02 Steven02 on Jan 11, 2011

      The Prius was a finalist along with the Insight for COTY in 2001. The Prius did win COTY in 2004. Now, the PT Cruiser won the award in 2001. It was innovative for the time with the shape, but not a vehicle I would have picked. If you think back to the first Prius, was very innovative for the time as well, and probably should won the award. Either that or the Insight, from that year. But I would have picked the 4 seater Prius. Honestly though, I don't think that not having a V6 is innovative. The Buick Regal doesn't have a V6. It could have one, and doesn't have some of the advantages of the Sonata, but honestly, that is the only thing different about the Sonata. It is no better than the other cars in this segment as reviewed by many automags. The Sonata is no shoe in for this award.

  • Tparkit Tparkit on Jan 11, 2011

    Ford Fiesta/Mazda2 -- showing the way to future transportation in permanently poorer western societies like ours. Hyundai Sonata -- an unparalleled brand equity builder... and from the point of view of Hyundai's competitors, the single most frightening vehicle imaginable because it embodies a potency of automotive imagination and corporate can-do that will manifest in any segment Hyundai participates in.

  • Mor2bz Mor2bz on Jan 11, 2011

    Volt? not with my money. Well, I guess they did use my money. Read about the world's best hypermiler driving the 2011 Sonata Hybrid across the USA. I am not a hybrid fan, but this car kills Volt and Leaf for less money (alot less than a Volt). Wonder who they paid off and how much to get the award. I am appalled by GM.