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PRESS RELEASE Announces Nominees for Best of 2016 Awards has announced nominees for its annual Best of Awards. Award categories include Best of 2016, Best Pickup Truck of 2016, Eco-Friendly Car of the Year, Family Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and Play Car of the Year. To qualify for a award, each vehicle must demonstrate the highest levels of quality, innovation and value. The pickup trucks are judged on power, capability and value.

“Each year experts test hundreds of new cars, and determine which are the overall best,” said editor-in-chief Patrick Olsen. “Our awards are designed to help shoppers across a variety of segments and budgets choose the best vehicle for their needs. In addition to looking at the overall best new car and truck of the year, we determine which cars are best for families, luxury shoppers, fuel-economy-conscious drivers and those who just want to have fun behind the wheel.”

Each of the finalists for “Best of 2016” are the leaders in their respective segment as noted in the list.

Nominees for “Best of 2016” are:

  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu – Best New Midsize Sedan
  • 2016 Honda Civic – Best New Compact Sedan
  • 2016 Honda HR-V – Best New Subcompact SUV
  • 2016 Kia Sorento – Best New SUV
  • 2016 Toyota Prius – Best New Hybrid
  • 2016 Volvo XC90 – Best New Luxury SUV


Nominees for “Best Pickup Truck of 2016” are:

  • 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel
  • 2016 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2016 Nissan Titan XD
  • 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel
  • 2016 Ram 3500 Cummins
  • 2016 Toyota Tacoma


 Nominees for “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year” are:

  • 2016 BMW X3 xDrive28d
  • 2016 Mazda3
  • 2016 Toyota Prius c


 Nominees for “Family Car of the Year” are:

  • 2016 Honda Odyssey
  • 2016 Nissan Rogue
  • 2016 Subaru Impreza


 Nominees for “Luxury Car of the Year” are:

  • 2016 Audi A7
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • 2016 Volvo S60


Nominees for “Play Car of the Year” are:

  • 2016 BMW M235i
  • 2016 Land Rover Range Rover
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet


Nominees for our Best of 2016 and Best Pickup Truck of 2016 must be all-new or fully redesigned models. Winners will be announced at’s annual Best of Awards ceremony on Jan. 12, 2016. The exclusive event is held during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  For more information about awards and all of the nominees, visit

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