• Feb 7, 2008

Last year, we were surprised by Motor Week's choice for its 2007 "Best Of The Year" , the Honda Fit. This year, we were simply shocked that its choice for 2008 is the Scion xB. It's not that the xB is a bad car, it's that there are so many better choices. In fact, peruse the list below of winners in other categories. Almost any of the other cars on the list would be a better choice, save for the Sebring Convertible and possibly the minivans. Lexus makes fine vehicles, but its LS 600h L does not belong on a "Best Dream Machine" list.

  • Best Small Car - Scion xB
  • Best Family Sedan - Honda Accord
  • Best Minivan - Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country
  • Best Convertible - Chrysler Sebring Convertible
  • Best Luxury Sedan - Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Best Sport Sedan - Cadillac CTS
  • Best Sport Coupe - Infiniti G37
  • Best Performance Car - Volkswagen R32
  • Best Small Utility - Nissan Rogue
  • Best Large Utility - Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
  • Best Crossover Utility - Buick Enclave/GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook
  • Best Pickup Truck - Ford F-Series Super Duty
  • Best Eco-Friendly - Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid/GMC Yukon Hybrid
  • Best Dream Machine - Audi R8/Bentley Continental GT Speed/Lexus LS 600h L

We can agree with a few of the choices, like the Audi R8, the Cadillac CTS and even the R32, although the new Evolution or STi might have been a better choice. These types of lists are never easy, but MotorWeek seems to have gone out of its way to make this one irrelevant.

[Source: MotorWeek]

PRESS RELEASE:

MotorWeek Honors Scion xB as 2008 Drivers' Choice "Best of the Year"


Scion xB's versatility and value appeal to the young and young at heart;
GM recognized for pioneering technology giving full size vehicles functionality and fuel efficiency
Chicago, IL – Delivering the perfect mix of fun, fuel efficiency and usefulness the Scion xB eclipsed the
competition to capture MotorWeek's coveted "Best of the Year" 2008 Drivers' Choice Award. The honor was
announced today at the Chicago Auto Show. Without abandoning its roots as a funky, compact urban utility
vehicle, the xB offers more versatility, more power, unique customization options, a thrifty sticker price and
frugality at the pump. MotorWeek's Drivers' Choice Awards have been presented since 1983, and are among
the auto industry's most prestigious honors.


"Our Scion owners asked for a bigger and better 'box' and we responded with the 2008 xB," said Jack Hollis,
Scion vice president. "We're flattered MotorWeek finds the xB just as appealing as our Scion enthusiasts and
has named the xB 'Best of the Year.' "


"Scion has made an interesting first concept into a great second generation car," said John Davis, MotorWeek
host and executive producer. "With the xB, Scion has broadened its appeal to every intelligent consumer out
there. It's amazingly roomy, stylish, fuel efficient and entertaining to drive. A compact this versatile should be
in everyone's garage. The Scion xB is a smart choice, a great value and a fun one too. It appeals to the
young, and the young at heart."


Recognized as the best overall among winners in 14 categories, the xB is the first Scion to win a Drivers'
Choice Award. Scion, a marque of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., began its national rollout of vehicles in
2004. The entire winners' list will be featured on a special MotorWeek episode airing on PBS beginning
February 9 (check local listings) and on cable's SPEED beginning February 11. The Drivers' Choice Awards
and MotorWeek are nationally sponsored by Cars.com, Valvoline and Goodyear.


GM's Tahoe and Yukon won "Best Large Utility," but also proved bigger can be better -- and greener -- by
also taking top honors as "Best Eco-Friendly" for their new hybrid models. It is the first time in MotorWeek
history that a large utility has won in both categories. "GM should be commended for putting hybrid systems
where they belong, in the biggest vehicles that use the most fuel," said Davis. "GM's two-mode hybrid system
improves fuel economy by up to 30%, without compromising performance or utility."


GM also swept the "Best Crossover Utility" category with newcomer Buick Enclave and repeat winners GMC
Acadia and Saturn Outlook, demonstrating that domestic automakers still dominate the large vehicle market.
MotorWeek also recognized GM's successful efforts to take on the Europeans. With its power, sharp styling
and amazing interior quality, the Cadillac CTS captured the title of "Best Sport Sedan."


Import brands maintained their supremacy in the family and luxury car segments. MotorWeek awarded first
place honors to the Honda Accord as "Best Family Sedan," the Nissan Rogue as "Best Small Utility," and the
Scion xB as "Best Small Car". Mercedes-Benz's redesigned C-Class did not disappoint, taking the "Best
Luxury Sedan" category. A trio of rare import brands won as "Best Dream Machine," Audi R8, Bentley
Continental GT Speed and Lexus LS 600h L.


Capturing the essence of the Drivers' Choice Awards, the Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Caravan
shared top honors as "Best Minivan." "With a new seating system, more entertainment options and more
space, they've got everything a minivan should have, plus a couple of things that are unexpected. That's what
we're looking for with these awards," said Davis.


The annual MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards are unique for their consumer focus and represent the
definitive list of best automotive picks for a range of lifestyles. This year, a team of 15 judges, comprised of
the writers, producers and staff of MotorWeek evaluated more than 150 cars and trucks. Decisions are based
on performance, technology, practicality and dollar value. The resulting 14 categories reflect the most popular
vehicle segments, and the winners represent what MotorWeek considers to be the best in each class.


Drivers' Choice Awards Individual Categories:


1. Best Small Car - Scion xB
2. Best Family Sedan - Honda Accord
3. Best Minivan - Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country
4. Best Convertible - Chrysler Sebring Convertible
5. Best Luxury Sedan - Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6. Best Sport Sedan - Cadillac CTS
7. Best Sport Coupe - Infiniti G37
8. Best Performance Car - Volkswagen R32
9. Best Small Utility - Nissan Rogue
10. Best Large Utility - Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
11. Best Crossover Utility - Buick Enclave/GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook
12. Best Pickup Truck - Ford F-Series Super Duty
13. Best Eco-Friendly - Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid/GMC Yukon Hybrid
14. Best Dream Machine - Audi R8/Bentley Continental GT Speed/Lexus LS 600h L


MotorWeek, the original television automotive magazine series, is one of the nation's leading sources for
automotive industry news, new car information and driving entertainment. The award-winning series, seen
nationwide on PBS, PBS HD, SPEED and V-me, is sponsored by Cars.com, Valvoline and Goodyear. The
weekly series is produced by Maryland Public Television. For more information on MotorWeek and the
Drivers' Choice Awards, visit
www.pbs.org/motorweek.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I read all those comparisons, and none sound like a vicious trouncing to me.

      “If Cadillac were to fix the rudeness in this particular (manual) powertrain combination and slice off a few hundred pounds from its curb weight, the CTS might finally overthrow the 3-series.” Car and Driver

      "The Cadillac CTS now competes toe-to-toe with some of the best German and Japanese sport sedans, there are more safety features and interior amenities in the new model. Fit and finish is greatly improved and the interior is much more pleasant than in the previous generation." – Consumer Reports

      “So while the G35 Sport hasn't set the world on fire in terms of cutting-edge style, it is still a very good-looking and functional sedan. Its more fluent chassis, snappier drivetrain and slightly tighter structure more than compensate, making it the narrow victor in this comparison.” – Road and Track

      “Inside, the CTS is the best-appointed car in the test. Not only have its interior quality and materials leapt ahead of the C-Class and G35, but its design is as striking as it is functional.” - Edmunds

      Just for the record the Edmunds put the CTS 3rd and the BMW 335i, 2nd with the G35 first.

      Car and Driver has the CTS 3rd, G35 2nd and BMW 328i first.

      No argument the CTS is still behind the Media's performance mark but I am sure most buyers without a preference would be tough to choose between the two. Factor in that most people simply drive their cars not aspire to re-enact scenes from the Fast and Furious movies and you can see why the CTS out sold the G Sedan 5,534 to 3,370.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think these guys should be reviewing "Best Cars To Buy Before Kicking The Bucket" Those are some great cars (minus the Sebring) but boring compared to other selections out there. Is the CTS considered a sport sedan? The CTS-V, yeah, but the CTS alone?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drive an R32 and wouldn't mess with an STi, but I was surprised to see the STi it come in third (behind the new EVO and the R32) in Car & Driver's test in the March issue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And eveyones opion here is just that, opinion, same as theirs.

      It's like CR, "The best car of the year is no car, because we hate them."
      • 6 Years Ago

      Maybe their sponsors had something to do with which cars won.
      Chris
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Best Family Sedan" - Honda Accord Please! Best Granny Sedan maybe.

      How about "Best Family Sedan" - Chevy Malibu.

      "Best Convertible" - Chrysler Sebring That's gotta be kidding me.

      How about "Best Convertible" - Toyota Solara Convertible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, where's your list?

        • 6 Years Ago
        seconded. We want to criticize your list, too. Or maybe a reader's choice award?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since only brand new cars for 2008 model year can qualify. The Sebring and Caravan/T&C were default wins for their respective categories being that their the only contenders in their classes. Same for the F-series SD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Best Performance Car - Volkswagen R32"

      yeah sure. Come and play with me and my 08 Sti and we'll see about that. They must of gotten confused with Best Performance Commuter Car
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think the R32 is the "best performance car" either, but just for argument's sake, it isn't too much slower than an STI anymore.

        Around the top-gear test track the new R32 was down only 3/10ths of a second on the previous STI. The new chassis improved the R's time by 2 seconds.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gear_Test_Track

        Considering an STI will leave an R32 in the dust as far as a straight line goes, that means the R32 is better in the corners. Odd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In case you don't know, lots of people need such vehicles. Toyota makes them--Honda makes them and in fact, GM has the best gas mileage for them. Why not pick on Toyota and Honda for not being the best on gas mileage for that class of vehicle and instead complement for GM having the best. Oh, I forgot, Toyota and Honda are immune to this kind of criticism.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I believe in naming the Yukon / Denali Hybrids as best eco-friendly, they were giving credit to GM for having produced full size SUV's that get the same city MPG as a V6 Camry or Accord. Let's keep some perspective here.
      I see no outcry that either the Camry or Accord only get the same city MPG as the Yukon / Denali hybrid. Seeing as the GM managed to get the cd down to .34 on vehicles this big is pretty impressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How do you know that you are not irrelevant?
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