CHICAGO, Dec. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com has announced nominees for its annual Best of Awards. Award categories include Best of 2016, Best Pickup Truck of 2016, Eco-Friendly Car of the Year, Family Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and Play Car of the Year. To qualify for a Cars.com award, each vehicle must demonstrate the highest levels of quality, innovation and value. The pickup trucks are judged on power, capability and value.
"Each year Cars.com experts test hundreds of new cars, and determine which are the overall best," said Cars.com editor-in-chief Patrick Olsen. "Our awards are designed to help shoppers across a variety of segments and budgets choose the best vehicle for their needs. In addition to looking at the overall best new car and truck of the year, we determine which cars are best for families, luxury shoppers, fuel-economy-conscious drivers and those who just want to have fun behind the wheel."
Each of the finalists for "Best of 2016" are the leaders in their respective segment as noted in the list.
Nominees for "Best of 2016" are:
- 2016 Chevrolet Malibu – Best New Midsize Sedan
- 2016 Honda Civic – Best New Compact Sedan
- 2016 Honda HR-V – Best New Subcompact SUV
- 2016 Kia Sorento – Best New SUV
- 2016 Toyota Prius – Best New Hybrid
- 2016 Volvo XC90 – Best New Luxury SUV
Nominees for "Best Pickup Truck of 2016" are:
- 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel
- 2016 GMC Sierra 1500
- 2016 Nissan Titan XD
- 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel
- 2016 Ram 3500 Cummins
- 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Nominees for "Eco-Friendly Car of the Year" are:
- 2016 BMW X3 xDrive28d
- 2016 Mazda3
- 2016 Toyota Prius c
Nominees for "Family Car of the Year" are:
- 2016 Honda Odyssey
- 2016 Nissan Rogue
- 2016 Subaru Impreza
Nominees for "Luxury Car of the Year" are:
- 2016 Audi A7
- 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
- 2016 Volvo S60
Nominees for "Play Car of the Year" are:
- 2016 BMW M235i
- 2016 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Nominees for our Best of 2016 and Best Pickup Truck of 2016 must be all-new or fully redesigned models. Winners will be announced at Cars.com's annual Best of Awards ceremony on Jan. 12, 2016. The exclusive event is held during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For more information about Cars.com awards and all of the nominees, visit www.cars.com/news.
Launched in 1998, Cars.com, a TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) company, is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers and owners that offers information from experts and consumers to help research, price and find new and used cars, as well as information around service and repair for car owners. With more than 31 million monthly visits to its web properties, Cars.com offers millions of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison, build and price tools, unbiased editorial content and much more. In 2015, Cars.com introduced a new service and repair feature to help consumers find the right service provider and understand how much to pay with the fair-price estimator tool. Cars.com puts millions of car buyers, and now owners, in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make stress-free buying, selling and servicing decisions.
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