The Lifestyle Awards

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This week, we announced the nominees for’s first ever Car of the Year award. We’re doing things a bit differently here at Instead of naming the best sedan, SUV or minivan, we’re giving out awards based on how many people shop for cars, comparing sedans versus SUVs versus minivans, for example. We’ll be naming a Family Car of the Year, Work Car of the Year, Play Car of the Year and Eco-Friendly Car of the Year on Jan. 3.

For now, you can see which cars won in our subcategories. Since families go from that first child until retirement, for example, we broke down Family Cars into Small Families, Big Families, First-Time Drivers and Empty Nesters; one of those four category winners will win the big prize.

While we only show one winner for each segment, there were a number of other expert recommendations. Over the next few weeks leading up to the big announcement, we’ll tell you what other models our reviewers and editors picked before the eventual winner was selected.’s Lifestyle Awards Vehicle Recommender

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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