Cars.com Announces "Best Of 2013" Award Nominees
CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2012
CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Cars.com, the premier online resource
for buying and selling new and used vehicles, today announced its editors'
nominees for the site's highest honor, the "Best Of 2013" Award. Nominees
include the BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Ram 1500, Scion
FR-S/Subaru BRZ and the Toyota Prius.
"Each year, automakers roll out upwards of 70 brand-new or redesigned cars,"
said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's Editor-in-Chief. "From those, we choose the
very best new or fully-redesigned cars that represent change, innovation,
forward thinking and a breath of fresh air."
Cars.com's editors' "Best of 2013" finalists include (in alphabetical order):
BMW 3 Series: The new 3 series has outdone itself in too many areas not to be
considered one of the best cars of the year. There is more interior room, a
new design keeps it looking contemporary, and under the hood is an engine BMW
can be proud of.
Honda Accord: The Accord boasts admirable EPA mileage, has improved driving
refinement and generous standard equipment. This impressive redesign improves
in a number of areas where its predecessor lacked.
Honda CR-V: The compact-crossover segment is packed with comfortable,
competent cars, but no automaker blends those two attributes better than Honda
has with its CR-V. The CR-V's edgy styling, standard features, affordable
prices and fuel-efficiency helped to make it a top pick.
Ram 1500: There is no other segment more competitive and more significant than
full-size half-ton pickups. The new 1500 offers class-leading fuel economy, a
segment-exclusive 8-speed transmission, another exclusive airbag suspension,
and a vastly improved and more technologically advanced interior than they've
ever had before.
Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ: Nearly identical from chassis to sheet-metal, the FR-S
and BRZ sports cars provide a driving experience that is rare. In a market
dominated by the practical and the expensive, sports cars at this price alone
Toyota Prius c: With the debut of this smaller Prius, Toyota ups the ante
again with a subcompact that achieves an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined, at a
price that is about $5,000 lower than the regular Prius. Its smaller
dimensions help give the hatchback a nimble, light feel, making it ideal for
the tighter confines of city driving.
"There is no shortage of great cars on the market these days," said Olsen.
"However, these seven cars, representing a variety of segments, buyers and
lifestyles are what we consider to be the best of the best. Car shoppers can
be assured that a Cars.com award nominee has our highest seal of approval and
is a worthy investment."
For more information on Cars.com's Best of 2013 Awards and Lifestyle Awards,
visit www.cars.com/awards. Winners will be announced on January 15, 2013 at
the Cars.com Award Gala during the North American International Auto Show in
Detroit. To find these cars or any other car at your local dealer, click here.
Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers
information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on
what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers
thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side
comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many
other tools. Cars.com put millions of car buyers in control of their shopping
process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC,
which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC),
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune
Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).
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