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Our Automobile of the Year, Design of the Year, Man of the Year, Technology of the Year, and All-Star awards can be found here.

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All-Star: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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All-Star: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The ultimate boy racer, it's lightweight, has quick responses, and is dominated by its engine.
Automobilemag
Dec 09, 2005
All-Star: Porsche Boxster
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All-Star: Porsche Boxster

This vehicle has been deemed the sports car from heaven, with even more horsepower than last year's - a whopping 276 hp.
Automobilemag
Dec 09, 2005
Design of the Year: Pontiac Solstice
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Design of the Year: Pontiac Solstice

With brilliant Franz von Holzhausen styling, this is one of the rare concept cars that went into production and came out almost exactly the same.
Dec 09, 2005
Automobile of the Year 2006: BMW 3-series
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Automobile of the Year 2006: BMW 3-series

BMW has produced a car that is the gold standard for its class, something that all other automakers feel they have to measure up to.
Mark Gillies
Dec 09, 2005
2004 All-Star: Minivan
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2004 All-Star: Minivan

The Odyssey is like the champion athlete who stubbornly refuses to surrender his title. Recent bouts have brought on the elegant Nissan Quest and the deft Toyota Sienna, among other challengers, introducing features previously unknown in this division: glass roof panels, fold-flat second-row seats, side curtain air bags for all three rows. The Odyssey concedes points here, but by commanding the basic details and unfussily going about its business of being a Honda, it still excels the others.
Automobilemag
Mar 09, 2004
2004 All-Star: Sports Car
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2004 All-Star: Sports Car

The two-seat roadster segment is based largely on impulse and emotion. New roadsters sell well for a few years until they are deemed passe by the mix of enthusiasts and poseurs who consume them. In this constantly evolving segment, the Boxster is so immediately perfect and timeless that only slight tweaks are necessary to keep it on top. Porsche knows when to change and, more important, when change is unnecessary. A true Porsche, the Boxster feels crafted instead of merely built. It is beauti
Automobilemag
Mar 09, 2004
2004 All-Star: Coupe
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2004 All-Star: Coupe

The risky and ambitious RX-8 is the rear-wheel-drive flagship of a new wave of greatness from Mazda. Most obviously, it looks special, with two rear half-doors that swing back to give unusual access to the snug rear cabin. Kids fit back there, and they love it back there. The RX-8 has the soul of an RX-7 and the moves of a Miata, and it's priced to sell. The normally aspirated, 1.3-liter, twin-rotor Renesis engine is a miracle that produces 238 horsepower you can feel all the way to its 9000-
Automobilemag
Mar 09, 2004
2004 All-Star: Mid-Size Sport Utility
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2004 All-Star: Mid-Size Sport Utility

Cadillac has had a pretty spectacular year. With the XLR roadster, the CTS V performance sedan, and the SRX sport-utility, the division brought out three top-notch vehicles, each of which was in the hunt for an All-Star award. The CTS V took one, as did the suburban sleeper, the tall, angular SRX wagon. It offers generous room for five (and occasional space for two more), with a commodious and accessible cargo hold. The lusty and sonorous V-8 and the surprisingly capable V-6 are terrific, as
Automobilemag
Mar 09, 2004
2004 All-Star: GT
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2004 All-Star: GT

The latest M3 has everything we like about cars--speed, handling, braking, good looks--just the way we like it, in ludicrous quantities. Deeply sporty, edgy even, it is luxurious and relentlessly smooth yet blindingly fast, an automotive paradox that remains one of the most satisfying rides ever. Although some of us will recall the very first M3, the four-cylindered E30 line, more than a little wistfully, the new car is a rocket ship to the earlier model's skiff-with-a-tailwind. Not all will
Automobilemag
Mar 09, 2004
2004 All-Star: Small Sport Utility
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2004 All-Star: Small Sport Utility

The Element may be the progeny of an unholy union between an ice cream truck and a Honda Civic, but it clearly received the best parts from each parent: Honda engineering meets boxy-but-useful dimensions. The trick interior, accessed via clamshell doors, offers an unobstructed rear-seat view, a full-length bed, or space unheard of this side of a cargo van. The awkward exterior grows on you in a hurry, a refreshing break from a field of increasingly bulbous SUVs. Plus, the Element is pretty cl
Automobilemag
Mar 09, 2004

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