We know we just said that we’re getting sick of COTY awards, but they just keep coming anyway despite our protests. The latest comes from the Detroit Free Press, which has chosen the Chevy HHR as its Car of the Year and the Ford Explorer as its Truck of the Year.
Mark Phelan, the Auto Critic for the Free Press, explains that both vehicles share uncommon value, but little else. The HHR is a bargain for its price and offers big utility in a little package, a combination that is winning Chevy buyers who were shopping for other vehicles. Despite receiving a nice “refreshening” for 2006 that fixed a few of the Explorer’s foibles as well as increased fuel economy and power at the same time, the aged veteran of the SUV class has still seen its sales drop as significantly as the segment itself this year. They’re both interesting choices, and both domestic to boot.

[via Detroit Wonk]

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