Esquire holds an annual car of the year award, and for the past four years, only American or German autos, such as the Cadillac ATS and the Audi S4, have earned the publication's top pick. But for 2013, the top pick is from Japan: the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport. The publication calls the IS "thrilling first, responsible second."

Upon learning the top pick, we had to make sure we were still reading about a Lexus, though we admit the new IS350 F Sport is indeed a new breed, one that approaches BMW 3 Series levels of performance and handling while maintaining its Japanese identity.

Esquire appreciates the F Sport's new direction, but says, "Crucially, unlike everything else, it's not trying to be the BMW." It claims the 2013 car of the year is an "honest, gutsy, fast set of wheels."

Take a look some of the other categories for 2013 Car of the Year:


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      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm thinking the IS won won because it was the only redesigned car in its category for the year.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Terrible looking car.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Esquire's editors must be blind because that thing is horrendous. My dog would bark at it. Hideous predator grille-dominated front end with those ridiculous Nike swoosh check mark LEDs... what were they thinking? This stupid split headlights trend needs to die... now. It doesn't work on the Juke, doesn't work on the Cherokee, and it certainly doesn't work here.
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did they vote for it without seeing a picture?
      l9t8z
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car looks ridiculous with all the oddly placed swooping lines and those gimp headlights.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such an ugly car.
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much did they pay to have this selection? Damned ugly and not likely to improve.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was that the only car that was in the running?
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand the hate. Sure not everyone's cup of tea but that's because styling is subjective. And the only negative I hear about these cars are in comment sections of websites. Reviews have been positive, and people who drive the car are thoroughly enjoying it. It's hypocritical to like a magazine when your favorite car wins something, but then bash the magazines credibility when your least favorite car wins. When something I don't like wins, it makes me think what that person saw in that car that made them pick it. I think it's important to think about cars with an open mind, because it's not always what you think.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bobby
        Couldn't have said it better myself. Lexus fooled everyone and it hilarious
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      As if we needed more proof of how irrelevant Esquire magazine is today.
      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      magazine must of been paid off
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just looked at the interior...what on earth is that 1980's mess doing in a car from this decade?
        avanti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        I couldn't agree more. What a hot mess of an interior and dash design. Looks like they got their design inspiration from an old Datsun.
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