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As 2010 draws to a close, it's time for different publications to start dishing out the numerous "car of the year" awards that highlight the best and brightest offerings for each new model year. The folks at Popular Mechanics have just released their Top 10 Cars for 2011, with American manufacturers (Ford, specifically) taking away the vast majority of top honors. Add General Motors and Chrysler to the mix, and the Big Three account for six of the ten vehicles on Popular Mechanics' list.

Ford's Mustang, Fiesta and F-250 Super Duty were all recognized as class-leaders for the 2011 model year. Across town, the new Cadillac CTS Coupe and Chevrolet Volt were given a hat tip from the editors, as was the Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of parent company Chrysler's big comebacks for the year 2011. The remaining awards were given to the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Sienna, Lotus Evora and Infiniti M, all of which are fantastic cars in their own rights.

To see which cars were honored for each category, you can scroll through our image gallery of the winners, or hit the jump to read the official press release. Look for the full story in Popular Mechanics' December issue, which hits newsstands on November 12.

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Detroit's Big Three Take Home Majority of Awards

NEW YORK, NY (November 1, 2010) – Popular Mechanics today revealed the recipients of its Automotive Excellence Awards, the Top 10 Cars for 2011. Chosen by the magazine's expert editorial team, these awards recognize the best in automotive design, execution and technology for 2011 model year vehicles in ten specific categories.

"This was a year of resurgence for the auto industry in general, and that was very apparent from the quality, performance and innovation we saw in the new models," said Larry Webster, automotive editor, Popular Mechanics. "This year's Top Ten truly represent the best of the best; we are especially excited to note that Detroit's Big Three automakers have come back in a big way and snapped up a majority of this year's wins."

Popular Mechanics' Top Ten Cars for 2011 are:

- Performance: Ford Mustang
- Design: Cadillac CTS Coupe
- Value: Hyundai Sonata
- Fuel Efficiency: Ford Fiesta
- Versatility: Toyota Sienna
- Fun to Drive: Lotus Evora
- Off-Road Ability: Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Technical Innovation: Chevrolet Volt
- Luxury: Infiniti M37/M56
- Workhorse: Ford F-250 Super Duty

Each year, to determine the winners of the Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards, PM's editors drive more than 100 of the newest cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles, amassing well over 100,000 miles in the process. Through their experiences on extended test drives around the world, instrumented comparison tests and longer-term evaluations, the auto team nominates a list of vehicles in each category. Those selections are put to a vote and the top vote-getters in each category win an Automotive Excellence Award. The auto team is led by automotive editor Larry Webster, West-coast editor Ben Stewart, and senior automotive editor Mike Allen, the magazine's contributing editors, and editor-in-chief James Meigs.

Full coverage of the Popular Mechanics' Top 10 Cars of 2011 can be found in the December issue of Popular Mechanics, on newsstands November 12, 2010 and online at http://www.popularmechanics.com/top10cars2011.


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