Motorweeks 2007 Drivers Choice Awards

By: Noah Scott

MotorWeek has recently announced the results of their Drivers Choice Awards and here is the complete list:

&bullBest of the Year - Honda Fit
This cute edgy 5-door subcompact delivers big on all levels. The front-wheel-drive Fit is powered by 1.5 liter single overhead-cam 4 cylinder with variable-valve timing and lift control. It revs up a reasonable 109 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. Both the manual and automatic transaxles are 5-speeds, with paddle shifters included in the uplevel "S" trim. It is also equipped with safety features like safety front, ABS brakes, and front-side-impact and side curtain airbags. Its other features include standard air, CD stereo, and power windows and locks. Fit is priced at under $15,000.

&bullBest Small Car - Honda Fit

&bullBest Family Sedan - Saturn Aura
The Saturn aura is derived from the Opel concept combines with the solid reputation of the Saturn brand with some added capabilities. It has an upscale look, a long list of standard features including curtain airbags, V6 power at a 4-cylinder price, a hybrid option, and 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

&bullBest Minnivan - Hyundai Entourage and Kia Sedona
These two Korean branded designs were able to match all the outstanding features of other brands in the same segment. They were able to defeat their competitors in terms of price and powertrain warranty. In terms of school bus and apartment moving, minivans are still the most versatile vehicles worldwide and this is exactly where these two brands lead.

&bullBest Convertible - Volkswagen Eos
The convertible's 5-piece retractable hardtop allows this open four-seater to double as a four-season coupe. The large glass sunroof panel makes sure that sun always rises. Add to that the firm driving experience that is typical to all Volkswagen with standard turbo 4 power and a base price that is under 30k makes the Eos a must have.

&bullBest Luxury Sedan - Lexus LS
The LS is equipped with high-end technology starting from radar cruise control to self-park. Even the long wheelbase edition has powers that its German rivals can appreciate throw in an upcoming V8 hybrid and the new LS move a notch higher.

&bullBest Sport Sedan - Infiniti G35
The second-generation Infiniti G35 is an outstanding backroads performer. It obtains a close to perfect balance between ride and handling, rear drive power and economy, and driver's cockpit and comfort. The G35 is a very gorgeous car even when it's not moving. It is equipped with a powerful V6 engine and available in all-wheel drive.

&bullBest Performance Car - Ford Shelby GT500
Carroll Shelby combines a revving supercharged 500 horsepower V8, and near-race-car-quality prowess with added sophistication.

&bullBest Small Utility - Honda CR-V
This is third award given to Honda. The CR-V is a no fuss vehicle and does what a small utility should do but only better.

&bullBest Large Utility- Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon
The Tahoe and Yukon possess contemporary styling, excellent fit and finish, luxury car-like interior, and segment-leading fuel economy which exude GM's new design direction. Its features range from quick-fold seats to three-row curtain airbags plus other features that customers want in a ute. GM will release a hybrid version of both the Tahoe and Yukon later this year.

&bullBest Crossover Utility - GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook
Although these 7 and 8 passenger crossovers lack in rugged looks but their efficiency, comfort, and safety makes up for what they lack. Their all-wheel-drive and standard OnStar adds up to its performance. The Acadia and Outlook offer driving security regardless of the road condition and the weather.

&bullBest Pickup Truck - Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra
The Silverado and Sierra both have added style, flexibility, class-leading economy, and perceived quality plus capabilities. From its interiors which are perfectly fitted to owners, to its wide-swinging rear doors, sturdy and cargo management, the Silverado and Sierra are the perfect vehicles for those individuals who just love rugged outdoor adventures.

&bullBest Eco-Friendly - Toyota Motor Corporation
MotorWeek has not only chosen one car but the entire ToMoCo was awarded as Drivers' Choice Best Eco-Friendly of the Year. The award was given to honor the company that has brought the fuel-saving gasoline electric hybrid technology in the world that has pushed other carmakers to follow suit.

&bullBest Dream Machine - Jaguar XKR, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Porsche 911 Turbo
Leading the trio of the most desired machine is Jaguar XKR. This Ford feline is capable of producing 420 horsepower and exudes elegance and perfect details which is considered to be the hallmark of the brand's posh sedans. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano on the other hand is equipped with a rarified V12 engine producing 611 horsepower. It possesses GT styling and performance at its best. The last but not the least is the latest Porsche 911 Turbo which is equipped with a 480 twin-turbo horses that can produce tremendous power but still delivers a down-to-earth feel.

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