Each year, MotorWeek uses the Chicago Auto Show as an outlet to release its annual Drivers' Choice Awards, and we often have reason to question their rankings. This year, though, Television's Original Automotive Magazine manged to compile a list that mostly meets with our approval. Best of the Year (and, not surprisingly, Best Eco-Friendly) went out to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which makes our compadres at AutoblogGreen wonder if there's any award that the oil-burning German sedan can't walk away with.

Other choices we can't argue with include the Honda Fit as Best Small Car, the Mazda6 as Best Family Sedan, Hyundai Genesis as Best Luxury sedan and the Cadillac CTS as Best Sport Sedan. Affordable supercars like the Nissan GT-R and Corvette ZR1 are also represented. In total, 13 vehicles walked away with honors from the TV show, and the next show (check local listings here) starting this Friday will be all about these winners.

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COMPLETE LIST:

2009 Drivers' Choice Awards
  • Best of the Year.....Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Drivers' Choice Individual Categories
  1. Best Small Car Honda Fit
  2. Best Family Sedan Mazda6
  3. Best Minivan Dodge Grand Caravan* / Chrysler Town & Country*
  4. Best Convertible BMW 1-Series
  5. Best Luxury Sedan Hyundai Genesis
  6. Best Sport Sedan Cadillac CTS*
  7. Best Sport Coupe Audi A5/S5
  8. Best Performance Car Nissan GT-R
  9. Best Small Utility Subaru Forester
  10. Best Large Utility Honda Pilot
  11. Best Pickup Truck Dodge Ram 1500
  12. Best Eco-Friendly Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  13. Best Dream Machine Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 / Ferrari California
*Denotes repeat winners from 2008