• Jan 6, 2011
Nearly everyone else in the entire world may already have spouted off various year-end lists, but AutoWeek waited for the 2010 dust to settle before announcing its Best of the Best 2011 car and truck award winners. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee took home the respective top spots.

Rounding out AutoWeek magazine's top five cars were the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Ford Fiesta, BMW 5 Series and the Audi A8. The rest of the top trucks included the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Porsche Cayenne and Honda Odyssey. The Cadillac and the Jeep edged out the rest of the competition in categories such as ride quality, handling, exterior and interior design and fun. Feel free to hit the jump for the official press release.

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AUTOWEEK 2011 'BEST OF THE BEST' CAR AND TRUCK WINNERS ARE THE CADILLAC CTS-V COUPE AND JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

DETROIT, Jan. 5, 2011 – AutoWeek editors announced their 2011 "Best of the Best/Car" and "Best of the Best/Truck" awards today. Recipients are the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. "The AutoWeek staff annually drives hundreds of vehicles, supplying an insider's opinion about which cars and trucks are worth considering when making one of life's biggest purchases," says AutoWeek Editor Wes Raynal. "We wanted to use this knowledge to establish an annual standard to determine the ultimate 'Best of the Best.'"

The AutoWeek grading criteria, ranking vehicles on a scale of one to five, focused on drivetrain, ride quality, handling, exterior and interior design and fun factor. The Cars category included sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks and wagons. Trucks included pickups, crossovers, minivans and SUVs. According to Raynal, a unique feature of this selection process was that no
outside influences affected the outcome. As has been known to happen with other awards, "Automakers couldn't sway our vote with lobbying or specially prepped test vehicles."

AutoWeek's Jan. 10 Best of the Best issue describes the CTS-V Coupe as having "the best interior General Motors has ever made." One AutoWeek editor said, "It's the best Cadillac ever." The Rest of the Best were the Audi A8, the BMW 5-series, the Mercedes-Benz SLS and the Ford Fiesta rounding out the top 5 contenders.

The Grand Cherokee was described as "the most well-rounded, handsome and brutally capable Jeep in years." Editors said it is a possible "harbinger of things to come from the new Chrysler." The Rest of the Best top five were the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado, the Porsche Cayenne and the Honda Odyssey.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Best "best" list so far, I wouldn't kick either of those out of my garage.

      The rest of their tops ain't shabby either, makes me happy to see a list that actually takes driving enjoyment into consideration, not just "which vehicles got the most news articles written about it in 2010"
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Man, I hope Cadillac kicks it into high gear and gets a 3 series and 7 series competitor out there quick.."

      Your wish is Cadillac's command. From what I'm hearing the ATS including the V variant should be on line by 2012 (which hopefully means late 2011).
      • 4 Years Ago
      My two experiences with Jeeps...they spent more time in the shop than with me!

      The Cadillac is AWESOME !!

        • 4 Years Ago
        How long ago was that? I've had my Liberty for four years and 80,000 miles and it's been to the dealer twice. In fact, it still has the original brakes and the "bushing problem" has not reared it's head either
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea...Zeus the Idiot...Ive got a lot to gain by making this up dont I ?
        Contact Weyel Jeep in Seguin Texas and ask for the service manager...he remembers Im sure!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both of mine blew the transmissions....
        The second Jeep blew it three time within the first 10K miles on a brand new vehicle!
        It always leaked fluid after that.....The Jeep dealer never had the parts or knowledge and they had to have it trucked to another dealer 80 miles away to be fixed....THREE TIMES !!
        At 10K miles I traded it in on a new Chevy Tahoe and told myself...

        Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.....I wont get fooled again !!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had a 2005 Wrangler and currently a 2010 Wrangler, and neither have needed ANYTHING. Gotta find some wood to knock on FAST! ;-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah... I'm going to go ahead and call BS, because none of that happened.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I hope Cadillac kicks it into high gear and gets a 3 series and 7 series competitor out there quick. As much as I absolutely love the looks of the CTS, it was coty in 2008 and only has one more year before it's starting to get long in the tooth compared to the competition. I hope their renaissance doesn't turn into a wet dream, they're the only bright spot in GM's portfolio. They need new product NOW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope the upcoming ATS will also be a great car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The CTS-V coupe. This car did something I've never seen a car do...

      One night while driving home I passed a black one just cruising casually along in the righthand lane. At 50 or so yards out my fiancee straightened up in her seat and stared intensely at it as we passed by and said, "Oooooo! What's that!?" This is a woman who has ZERO interest in cars. I mean NONE.

      I've never seen her react to a car like that, and I'm always dragging her around to look at cars. That alone impressed me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very similar thing happened to me. (It also happens when M series BMWs go by as well) Wish I had the cash for one of those wicked things...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Trust me, I'm already thinking about it.
        The SRT8 has been paid off since June and I'm feeling "The Urge".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, this is your chance. You love it, she loves it - your first car together - awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm so sick of hearing about the CTS-V Coupe that I guess I'm finally going to have to drive one to see why people seem to love it so much. Still think it's ugly but...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You'd choose the coupe because you want a coupe.

        If you rarely use the backseats and like the style that a coupe offers, you get a coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess the question I would have for Auto Week is; since the coupe has the same interior as the sedan (minus the back seats of course), and the weight and performance are virtually the same, why would you choose the coupe?
        Personally, I think the sedan carries the design language far better (second only to the Sport Wagon IMO).
        • 4 Years Ago
        As cool of a car as I think it is, I'd have a hard time taking one over the sedan since they're both within, what, 70 lbs of each other?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a pretty good snag for a car that is in a family that is halfway through its product cycle. It just goes to show that spending extra to make a car great up front yields a lot of benefit. Even when the time marches on and other vehicles (even GM's own cheaper SRX) have more up-to-date interiors.

      It's too bad GM's distribution in Europe is so lousy (and even worse with the demise of Kroymans), I think the CTS could have been the vehicle that manages to sell a few in Europe and show Cadillac is working its way back to the world stage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have no experience with the CTS but after driving the JGC it deserves the award. Very good SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ mike

        Q5 is also 500 some odd pounds lighter.

        the JGC is a different kind of vehicle, its not made to be small and sporty, its a large, well built, reasonably quick, reasonably economical, FULL SIZE suv.

        that said, i agree, the JGC could use 1 maybe 2 more gears but still, doesnt discount it from being absolutely fantastic. I hate SUV's, i hate how they ride, how they handle but after 3 mins in one of these (base model too) i was sold. I would buy one if I was looking for a new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I did not compare those two. I am just showing what a difference a transmission makes. The Q5 with its torque biased engine with 'only' 208 hp pulls almost 15 flat.
        Also depending on the transmission programming, the 1/4 mile might be in 4th gear revving to 6750 rpm, or already in 5th.

        The JGC is unacceptably slow for the low mileage it returns. When it gets the 8 speed automatic, next year at the latest, then it will be worthy of winning awards.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes it is good, but the obsolete transmissions ruin it for me.
        The result is that regardless of engine, the JGC is a slow gas guzzler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Honda Odyssey is a truck???
        • 4 Years Ago
        The new Honda Oddity looks like it was rearended by a truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every SUV gets to be a truck. Dunno why, other than payola to allow them to get truck mpg ratings. Used to be that anything mainly used to haul people was a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can understand calling an suv a truck, but not a minivan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad the CTS-V still looks like a first gen CTS compared to the non-V model. Someone really needs to tell Cadillac that higher end models are supposed to look better, not worse, they really messed up the front end design on the CTS-V imo.
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