Last week, the editors of AutoWeek announced their 2011 “Best of the Best” awards. Big winners were the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Most consumers are critical of such awards, suspicious of lobbying and agendas. But Wes Raynal, magazine editor, insists otherwise: “Automakers couldn’t sway our vote with lobbying or specially prepped test vehicles. 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.”
The publication was launched in 1958 to provide consumer car news. The AutoWeek grading criteria focused on drivetrain, ride quality, handling, exterior and interior design and fun factor. 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.” The Rest of the Best top five were the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado, the Porsche Cayenne and the Honda Odyssey. www.autoweek.com