• Oct 21, 2009
The Internet Car and Truck of the Year (ICTY) keeps chugging along and hit something of a milestone yesterday as head man Keith Griffin released the news that the seven finalists in each category have been further whittled down to just three a piece. In case you didn't know, the ICTY is following an "Internet Pro and Average Joe" format, because, well – it's the internet. Meaning that twelve experts (hi mom!) voted on what they think the Internet Car/Truck of the year should be, as well as the collective mob voices of all you online types. Meaning that a total of four awards will be given out. Two by us online journalist types, and two by the citizens of the internet.

Now that all that's out of the way, let's look at which cars (and trucks) have made it. During the semis, the car choices were the Chevrolet Camaro SS, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Taurus SHO, Kia Forte sedan, Mazda3, Nissan Cube and Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. As for trucks, it was down to the Audi Q5, Audi Q7 TDI, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Raptor, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60. Whew – that's a lot of metal to chew on. But chew we did – and if you make the jump, you can check out the ICTY finalists. Here's a quick preview, Ford's looking mighty good in 2010.

Here are the finalists as selected by the twelve person jury of automotive internet journalists:

Cars:
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Mazda Mazda3
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

Trucks:
Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Raptor
Volvo XC60


An interesting mix of brute force (Shelby, Raptor), high tech (Fusion Hybrid, XC60) and lots of bang for relatively low bucks (Mazda3, Equinox). Did the citizens of the internet vote the same way? Let's look:

Cars:
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Ford Taurus SHO
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

Trucks:
Audi Q7 TDI
Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Raptor


Looks like the people demand power! At least as far as the cars are concerned. And if you've ever wondered how buff books were able to go with crazy-expensive sports cars on their covers twelve months out of twelve, now you know. And if you would like to vote for the ICTY, you can do so up to November 5. As far as us internet pros go, all we can tell you is that we've already voted.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      No GTI? What, is this just a popularity contest. Why the Equinox and no Vue? Same car, no? I mean, the Terrain and SRX at least look different, but the Equinox is NOT impressive, anyway you look at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Internet Car of the Year"...what does that even mean?

      And how did the Q7 TDI not make the cut - that thing is a beast! The Q5 is really nice too. These selections seem -extremely- biased toward domestic automakers. The only (arguably) foreign things on the lists are the XC60 and Mazda3 - both partnered with Ford. If we lump those into the Ford "family" of brands, 5 out of the 6 cars are tied into Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yippe! Another meaningless award to further dilute all other meaningless awards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's some hella fancy Atari / Star Wars/ Mork & Mindy era graphic design going on with the logo for "The Internet Car and Truck of the Year". I'm impressed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Take it easy guys, youknowwho
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow... Ford vehicles seem to make up the majority of the nominees. Thank goodness at least one major US automaker looks like they will recover without being owned by the government.

        I actually rented a flex recently and it really surpised everyone. Nice interior with plenty of room, solid feeling build, and a good engine. I dont think the flex is for me - we rented it since we had a bunch of people - but for people who want/need that kind of car, it's competitive with the best of em.

        Hopefully Ford can pull off a win in at least one of the categories.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In terms of cars, I would love to see the GT500 take it, just to say it won OVER the Camaro SS. I think the Raptor is just badass enough to take it. The Equinox and Volvo are just too boring. But if the Raptor is a success, which it is going to be, more so than the Lightning ever could be, this will intice Chevy to pull off something and brag about how much better it is when it uses some godawful suspension. The new Dodge Power Wagon is bad enough in terms of looks and seems too large for its purpose. Damn, rambling on. Anyways GO FORD!!!!! Too bad the SHO didn't come in to rack in a second award. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      ........Go Ford!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the GT500, and I'm loathe to praise anything from the General these days, but I'm not sure the Shelby belongs on a "best cars" list when you can buy a base 'vette that outperforms it for the same price and without all of the absurdity. Maybe the absurdity is what gets it on the list, I don't know.

      I'm down with the rest of the picks. I think it's cool that the Q7 got on there - it's such an unusual choice. Now that I think about it, though, the Equinox doesn't really cut it for me. It's nice, but it's a warmed-over Acadia/Outlook isn't it? Something really class-defying like the CX-9 would be my choice over that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess the fact that current Vette is around couple of years has something to do with it. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the thing. It's the INTERNET car of the year.

        I see that as what cars made the biggest and best impressions on the internet. So I would say things like the GTR, ZR1, Camaro, LFA, etc. Not necessarily the best cars, but the best cars for internet? Definitely. Go to any automotive site and check the number of comments in posts about 'Ring times, Camaro speculation, and things like that. To me, those are the INTERNET cars of the year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just went to the site for Internet Car and Truck of the Year. Now I'm wondering, why do we even care? That page looks like it was put together by a 10th grader for their intro to HTML class. What is this outfit anyway? Oh wait... now I know why we care: Lieberman's one of the jury members.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the Equinox is on the Theta platform, shared with the all-new Terrain.

        You're thinking of the Traverse, which shares a platform with the Acadia.
      • 5 Years Ago
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        • 5 Years Ago
        i know but its funny how stupid the trolls are sometimes, good for a laugh. wish Matt would put a picture of himself up to see what STUPID looks like..lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Raptor for the Truck award.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol...sorry for feeding the trolls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Raptor and GT500. wow i wish those 2 where sitting in my driveway. Guess i have to settle for my 05 f150 FX4 for now. Build a supercrew Raptor Ford and i would gladly turn in my FX4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        so did my cousin. it was at Lake Elsinore Ford for one day and he bought a molten orange one. the paint realy shined in the sun with some kind of micro metal flake or something but that orange is the best color. i agree it was realy wide and stout looking. looks way better in person. i think he paid to much for it though because it was the first one. i think he payed close to $60,000 for it. i thought that was kind of a big mark up.I will wait a year or so for it to come down in price
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seeing as though the only truck on the Truck list is the Raptor, this should be pretty straightforward.
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