The past 365 days have been an exciting time in the world of cars. Little by little, the statistics say automotive sales are making a comeback, and vehicular technology, like driverless cars and alternative fuels, seems to be accelerating at breakneck speed. But beyond these forecasts for the future, the present is positively saturated with new and interesting cars. We’ve seen manufacturers make many bold moves to entice buyers back to dealership lots. And alongside each new innovation, we’ve seen the refinement and revival of classic hits, as automakers build on what works to make a good product even better. Per your amusement and befuddlement, we’ve assembled five cars from the past year that most impressed us, then ranked them, profiled them, and burdened them with our opinions.
The judging criteria were simple; whichever car we liked the most won. In alphabetical order, the five finalists are: the 2015 BMW i3 (an electric luxury orb), the 2015 Ford Mustang (modern ‘Murican muscle), the 2015 Mercedes GLA (refined European niche-mobile), the 2015 Subaru WRX STI (Japanese boy racer wunderkind), and the 2015 Volkswagen Golf (the platonic ideal of “hatchback”). With entries cobbled together from North America, Asia, and Germany, each vehicle is easily recognizable as a leader in its respective segment. Each bears it’s own unique philosophy on how to move about. Each is a top-notch choice for a brand-new purchase. But as they say, there can be only one.
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Trucks are about as American as baseball and apple pie, and likely more prevalent even during the World Series or a family reunion. This year was a big one for the truck market. We’ve seen both Ford and Chevrolet release new products while Ram Trucks still burns bright from its homerun with the latest Ram 1500 and its EcoDiesel engine.
As the year winds down, the TopSpeed staff has tallied votes on which truck made the biggest impact on the automotive industry, made the best strides in advancing technology, and which will likely be well-received by potential truck buyers.
Our field of contenders includes three all-new trucks – the 2015 Ford F-150, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban twins — along with the refreshed 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and the carryover 2015 Ram 1500. The latter was only eligible for voting due to its new Ecodiesel engine.
In many ways both the F-150 and Colorado represent a new approach to trucks. The Ford sports an all-aluminum body that will drastically change the way the industry manufactures, repairs, and recycles aluminum vehicles and the Colorado is reviving the midsize truck market that’s lied dormant for nearly a decade. The Tahoe and Suburban take a more traditional approach and stick with what they’re good at while adopting the new design forged by the 2014 Chevy Silverado.
Which one takes the win? Keep reading for the full results including the order of finalists.
Click past the jump to read more about TopSpeed’s 2014 Truck of the Year.
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