So just how do the automobile magazines select their Car of the Year awards? Pointing at the cars blindfolded? Divining rod? Tossing lawn darts? No, it's a little more complicated than that.
To shed light on how Motor Trend selects its COTY, Jessi Lang gives us a glimpse into the process, describing it as "carefully organized madness."

It begins with the Motor Trend staff hammering it out over minutiae, like a windshield wiper. Next, they get down to the fun part; wringing the candidates out on the track, followed by open-road testing. Motor Trend created six criteria upon which judges are able to compare cars that span different vehicle segments, price points, and purposes.

These include value, safety, efficiency, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of intended function. There are eleven judges, including our friend Jonny Lieberman, who doesn't disappoint with his commentary, calling the Chevrolet Malibu "less of a car, and more of a collection of everything I don't like." Oh, Jonny.

There was much deliberating, and passionate debate, the result of which was the selection of a single car that rose above all others. And the winner is....? Well, they kind of leave you hanging, but the video is worth watching to see how the champion is crowned. The winner will be announced this Monday, November 12 and stand alongside the magazine's already announced 2013 SUV of the Year, the Mercedes-Benz GL. What car do you think will claim the golden calipers? Have your say in Comments.

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      My money's on the Tesla. That car has been getting nothing but praise and rave reviews.
      • 2 Years Ago
      All of you picking the accord need to pick up MT and actually read it. The Passat just beat the 2013 Accord, Altima and Fusion. It would really shake their credibility to then pick one of those cars when they were beaten by last years winner in a 6-way shoot out. Of course C&D just put the Accord at the top in a similar comparo, but they have to. Gotta be able to pick the accord for 2013 10-Best next month.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Agreed. That C&D liked that turd 8th gen Accord is convincing evidence that they feel pressure to keep rating them highly. As far as comfort, quality, and features, the Accord really is a junker compared to some of its competitors. I can't speak for the new one, but I don't quite care to. A 2012 Accord recently fell into my family and I can't for the life of me understand why so many people are obsessed with them... One of my least-favorite of the midsize sedans. Very out-dated, crude, and unimpressive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Depends what you think of as "car of the year". I mean Tesla Model S could literally be the car of the decate if it lives up to the hype. It's been reviewed very well - as long as it doesn't have a bunch of issues (like the Nissan Leaf) then yes I think it should win. This is where electric cars should be! In the luxury market. They didn't start navigation systems in sub-compact cars. They didn't start power windows, traction control, ESC, disc brakes, power doors, sunroof, etc etc in subcompact cars because they were too expensive at the beginning. Once any feature/new technology starts to be mass produced, prices start to drop and then you can make better products and cheaper. I believe Nissan rushed the leaf a little early. The lack of battery cooling (even the prius has battery cooling) was a major miss on their end. So Model S should probably be the 1. Cadillac ATS - could be GM's car of the year IF it turns them around and starts to compete with the 3 series. Just because Cadillac made a small car, doesn't mean it should be car of the year. Lets see how it holds up and sells. The Ford C Max hybrid - I really like and think that is Ford's car of the year.
      • 2 Years Ago
      CODA FTW! LOL ;) Tesla S seriously!
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      "less of a car, and more of a collection of everything I don't like." Wow! That is what I think of the BMW X6 - couldn't have expressed it better.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it came down to an expensive car, an expensive car, and an expensive car. My shock level: 0
      • 2 Years Ago
      In no particular order, I think MT is going to pick one of these cars: ATS BRZ/FR-S Tesla Model S Ford C-Max
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      When you need to go out there, and explain to people who you pick your winner, it's because the bad press of how it happens, is going global. MotorTrend has traditionally picked it's winners as most other organizations would, but the biggest factor is the marketing plan, that the car manufacturer's company will implement. It's about, HOW the Motor Trend NAME will be used, when the winning vehicle is advertised. Cross-Promoting.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's the one in the middle of the front row.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watch to Motor Trend's previous review of the Tesla S on Youtube. After watching it, there shouldn't be any doubt that it'll be their Car of the Year.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're waiting for those last few advertising contracts to get signatures before deciding.
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the last reviews by MT, it should be the Tesla. But I dont know if that'll be a good marketing move for MT, as Tesla has a low advertising budget and will not be able to promote "Motor Trend COTY" properly. So, if MT is serious, they'll handle the title to Tesla; if not, they'll end up giving it to the ATS or Toyobaru.
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