2014 North American Car of the Year
Good morning Warren and Friends
The shortlist for NACTOY is out. Which of these vehicles would you vote for and why? Remember, you don’t compare the vehicles against each other, but against the competition in its class. What makes the car you choose the best in its class with the winner being the best value for the money?
This is the shortlist for the 2014 North American Car of the Year
BMW 4 Series
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
This is the shortlist for the 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year
Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The second contest is for the 2014 Green Car of the Year jury. Which would you vote for?
The 2014 North American Car of the Year Finalists:
Audi A6 TDI
Audi’s 2014 A6 TDI blends excellent “green” credentials with unexpected levels of performance in a high-efficiency vehicle. Its 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine with Tiptronic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive provides 240 horsepower and 428 lb-ft torque, achieving 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. A start-stop system aids efficiency, as does a lightweight body that makes extensive use of aluminum body panels. This sedan features an EPA estimated 38 highway mpg that enables over 700 miles of highway driving range.
Featuring the first 4-cylinder BMW diesel engine in the U.S., the new 328d combines exceptionally high fuel efficiency with the performance expected of BMW models. EPA estimated 45 mpg highway fuel economy is achieved with this sedan’s 2.0-liter TwinPower clean diesel powerplant, which produces 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque. Efficiency is enhanced with engine auto start-stop and brake energy regeneration. A 328d Sports Wagon is also available. The models are offered in rear-wheel drive or with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Honda’s popular Accord sedan aims to lead in the efficiency space with an array of efficient powerplant choices including four-cylinder, V-6, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions. Even the V-6, the largest engine option, nets 34 highway mpg with the four-cylinder rated at up to 36 highway mpg. The bar raises considerably with the Accord Hybrid at 50 city and 47 highway mpg, and the Accord Plug-In with its 47 city and 46 highway mpg on hybrid power. The Plug-In also offers an EPA rating of 115 MPGe, the highest of any mid-size hybrid sedan in the country.
The all-new third-generation Mazda3, this automaker’s best-selling model worldwide, is lighter, more efficient, and packed with advanced electronics. The 2014 Mazda3 features an appealing new design and has been built from the ground-up with Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology. The 2.0-liter powered Mazda3 four-door sedan offers a best-in-class 41 mpg highway fuel economy, with the five-door hatch coming in at up to 40 mpg. A more powerful 2.5-liter engine with an i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system gets 38 mpg.
The Toyota Corolla has long been a best-seller due to its blend of efficiency and affordability. With the all-new 2014 Corolla, Toyota adds visual excitement, improved driving dynamics, and even greater efficiency to its popular compact sedan, achieving up to 42 highway mpg delivered by the model’s Eco version. This level of efficiency is achieved with a 1.8-liter, 140 horsepower engine featuring the first use of Toyota’s Valvematic technology in this country. A driver-selectable ECO function moderates acceleration and optimizes on-board systems to enhance mpg.
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