2011 Automobile of the Year Finalists

The Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year is a car that is groundbreaking, that establishes new standards in design, or performance, or engineering, or technology, or some combination thereof. It is an enthusiast's car. It is not necessarily exotic, or expensive, or high-powered; but any car that can provide some of the same pleasure to the enthusiast driver as exotic, expensive, and high-powered cars do, but at an accessible price, is of particular interest to us as we choose our Automobile of the Year. Our least expensive AOY was the 1994 Chrysler Neon ($9500). Our most expensive was the 2008 Audi R8 ($109,700).

The Automobile of the Year might also represent a breakthrough for its manufacturer, or for the automotive culture from which it comes. When we consider candidates for the award, we are looking not only for cars that inspire us, but cars that we think will resonate in the marketplace. We take matters like practicality, affordability, packaging, and fuel economy into consideration, for sure, but when forced to choose, we give more weight to entertainment value and driving pleasure. In total, we are looking for a car with a story.

2011 Automobile of the Year finalists, in alphabetical order. They were chosen after a primary ballot vote of the senior editorial staff and contributing writers.

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While I think the 2011 Saab 9-5 should be car of the year, it's not on the list. So I would either go with the CTS-V wagon or the Grand Cherokee.
I think it will end up being the sonata. Either that or the XJ. Of course, almost all of these finalists are good. I don't disagree with any of them.
The Volt must be the Automobile of the Year - it is the first of it's kind, the first of more to come. It is the first useful - really useful and practical electric car. Split hairs and pinch mosquitos all you want about it's geek-filled powertrain, it isn't really this and it isn't that - but all you come up with is the bottom line: you can drive it daily and may never put any gas in it! Got your attention? Good!That's why it's the Automobile of the Year.
Where is the new Porsche Cayenne, which is the best SUV today.It's more relevant and affordable than the A8 for example.
My list:1. Sonata (There have been cars that have pushed the envelope of style or powertrain or value, but for the Sonata to hit everything out the park is deceptively impressive.)2. Volt (A possible powertrain of tomorrow, today.)3. XJ (A styling masterpiece with driving dynamics beyond reproach.)It's going to take some cool heads to pick a family sedan over something like a 556hp hot-rod coupe, but ultimately, the sedan is exponentially more significant.
Apples and oranges....I think it's a ten-way tie! Lotsa great products in that list.

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