After intently analyzing all of the new automobiles launched for the 2017 mannequin yr, a big jury of unbiased automotive journalists voted to offer their highest awards to the Chevrolet Bolt, the Chrysler Pacifica, and the Honda Ridgeline.
The Chevrolet Bolt electric car acquired 364 factors from the jury of 60 automotive journalists throughout the United States and Canada to earn the title North American Car of the Year. Bolt boasts an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on a full battery cost. The compact, 4-door hatchback retails for $37,495, although GM says federal tax credit can decrease the tab to $29,995.
The North American Car of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, efficiency, know-how, driver satisfaction and worth.
About 60 skilled automotive journalists representing newspapers, magazines, TV, the web, and radio stations in the U.S. and Canada participated in the voting.
“These three awards are the most prestigious product awards in the auto business, and for good causes,” defined Mitch McCullough, editor-in-chief of New Car Check Drive, and a juror who has voted for the awards for the previous 20 years. “There’s nice variety amongst the journalists and, as a result of all of us work for various retailers and organizations, there isn’t any probability of collusion.
“We spent months test driving and learning the new 2017 fashions earlier than voting. The automobiles are so good that there’s typically disagreement amongst us as to which one is best.”
The Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup earned the North American Truck of the Year title. “Constructed like a car, Ridgeline drives like a car however features a pickup mattress with a trunk and a tailgate that swings two methods,” McCullough stated. “A comparatively clean rider, it’s a terrific various to a car for somebody who must haul stuff.”
The Chrysler Pacifica minivan was named North American Utility Car of the Year. “Comfort, versatility and performance are the most essential features of a big household vehicle, and the design and features of the Pacifica make it a simple car to reside with for day by day errands and household transportation,” McCullough stated. “Its unbiased rear suspension, a rarity on minivans due partly to greater value, helps with experience high quality and dealing with. As a result of it’s a minivan, the Pacifica needed to be excellent to beat a herd of nice sport-utilities.”
The awards have been introduced January 9 at the 2017 Detroit auto present, although the awards are unbiased and on no account are related with the present.