AutoWeek picks CTS-V Coupe and Grand Cherokee as Best of the Best for 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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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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