That's a wrap, folks. Press days for the 2012 Detroit Auto Show have come and gone, meaning there's just one thing left to do: pick our favorites.

As we said in our end-of-show wrap-up, the Detroit show is back in full force after several years of being stuck in first gear in the wake of a stagnant auto industry and a horrid economic climate. This year, though, automakers from the United States, Asia and Europe all had impressive production and concept vehicles to show off. After tallying our votes, these are our five favorites.

#5: Acura NSX Concept



The 2012 Detroit Auto Show marked the much-heralded return of the Acura NSX, even if it's only a concept right now. How will the NSX faithful feel about a mid-engined, gasoline-electric supercar that's going to be built in North America? We'll have to wait and see. But here at the show, we couldn't keep our eyes off of the sleek new concept, and frankly, it's nice to see the NSX name back on the books. Interestingly enough, the NSX is the only concept car you'll see on this list.


#4: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo



This time last year, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster was the staff favorite of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The new Turbo model certainly has a lot to love, what with a 201-horsepower forced-induction inline-four under the hood and a more aggressive exterior design (with matte gray paint!). Korea's new hot hatch certainly looks fantastic, and this car, while not our Best In Show, is perhaps the one we're most eager to get out on the open road.


#3: 2013 Dodge Dart



The Chrysler Group was missing out by not having a strong player in the booming C segment (good riddance, Dodge Caliber), but that all changes with the addition of the 2013 Dart. In a way, it sort of picks up where the Neon left off, and with Alfa Romeo DNA underneath, it could prove to be one of the better-driving compact sedans in the market. Pricing will start just below $16,000 when it hits dealerships this summer.


#2: 2013 Cadillac ATS



You really had to be at the Cadillac press conference on Sunday night to hear GM's North American President, Mark Reuss, speak about the 2013 ATS. He spoke passionately about the new sedan, citing that the automaker is demanding absolutely nothing but class domination from its new ATS – a tough thing to do when your main competitors are the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. But if we're honest, we left the press event feeling excited about the ATS, and giving it quite a few once-overs on the Detroit show floor only furthered our excitement. We only hope it's as good as Reuss says it is.


#1: 2013 Ford Fusion + Hybrid + Energi



The 2013 Ford Fusion was, hands down, the staff favorite, receiving substantially more points in our voting than any other vehicle mentioned here (scroll down to see the full breakdown). In terms of a new vehicle debut, the Fusion packs a huge punch. It brings a sexy shape to a segment that for a long time was made up of bland, three-box shapes. What's more, a grand total of five powertrains – one naturally aspirated, two turbocharged, one hybrid, and one plug-in hybrid – were revealed, and if Ford's predictions come through, the Fusion will be the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan by a huge margin. It's the one car we simply couldn't stop talking about, and when tallying the votes it came as no surprise that it's our pick for Best In Show.


How'd we arrive at this list? Each Autoblog editor in attendance ranked his personal favorites from one to five, and points were awarded to each (five points for the first place spot, one point for the fifth place spot). Points were tallied and cars were ranked, but if you're curious, here's how the actual voting breakdown looked. We weren't kidding when we said that the Fusion was the hands-down winner.
  • Fusion – 41 points
  • ATS – 26 points
  • Dart – 23 points
  • Veloster – 21 points
  • NSX – 15 points


Honorable Mentions

As you can imagine, coming up with our list of the five best Detroit debuts wasn't a quick and clean process. There was arguing, name-calling and automaker-branded USB stick-throwing, so the other vehicles that rounded out our personal top-five lists are indeed worth mentioning. Here are the other vehicles that caught the eyes of the Autoblog team in attendance, and how many points they received in our voting.


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      Car Lovin' Engineer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't argue with this list. I'm going tomorrow, and can't wait to see these cars.
      shiloh1388
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Dodge Dart looks great, and with Alfa underpinnings, should handle and go with aplomb. The Hyundai and Ford also start the juices flowing with design and sensibility.
      robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Buick Encore was the winner for me! ATS a close second. Fusion is nice , but Ford needs a wagon/hatch version for all us Taurus/Sable wagon owners looking for a replacement. Same for Dart.
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      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Dodge Dart? Really? How excited can y'all be over a re-badged Neon/Caliber?
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        Considering the Dodge Dart is based on a modified Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform that is a pretty ignorant opinion. Did you not bother to read any of the articles?
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        Caliber and Neon share nothing with each other. Caliber and Neon share nothing with the Dart. So how can this be a "re-badged" version of either of those?
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        How ignorant can you be that you think the Dart is anything remotely related to the Neon/Caliber?
        Luke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        This is so far from a re-badged Neon/Caliber. Your ignorance can be smelled from where I sit. And Dodge is my least favorite of the Big 3....
      carboy55
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Dart is AWFUL. What car were you looking at?
        Sixspeed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        Let me turn this around and ask, What are you looking at?!?
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      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only car I would not include in my top 5 is the Veloster Turbo. I would replace it with the new Chrysler mini-van. That one came from left field!
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        sckid213
        • 2 Years Ago
        The number of Fusion vs. Accord articles is representative of the significant of each vehicle. The Fusion is an all-new vehicle from the ground up, with new powertrains and a plug-in hybrid. The "new" Accord is a mild update of a vehicle that debuted in 2008, no matter what Earth Dreams Honda would like you to believe. I suppose they could have done an article on the acres of tacky chrome and LEDs they threw onto the vehicle like spaghetti, or a piece on how coming out with an "all-new" vehicle that looks almost exactly the same as the outgoing one is harder than it looks. Moral of the story, with so many cool vehicle unveils (I honestly can't recall an auto show as good in terms of significant vehicle intros in the past five years), the "new" Accord was trivial.
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      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fusion is not going to wear well. Next year it will just be jarring; in five years, a curiousity. The front looks good if you cover the rest of the car with your hand; Putting on an Aston Martin grille doesn't make a car look sporty any more than putting a Bentley grille on a Chrysler 300 makes it seem luxurious. It doesn't fit the character of the car much less compliment the rest of the car. However it looks to have the best set of drivetrains in the segment right now. The NSX may be the first beautiful car from Honda in 10 years. Hope this signals a new design language, the vestigal beak aside.
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      ack154
      • 2 Years Ago
      It may turn out to be an awesome car - but I really can't get behind that Fusion design. It is mostly the front end I guess... but none of the rest of it really says anything to me either. I'm trying to like it, I really am... but I just can't stand looking at it.
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