Web2Carz 2011 Automobile Awards
Our list of the best of the best.
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: August 14th, 2011
Web2Carz has scoured the blogs, the press releases, the reviews and the ratings to find the top cars in the categories of best design, best performance, best innovation, best family utility, and best safety. Many qualified, but certain models stood out from the rest for many reasons, including; reliability, price, bargain, and the year's automaker umph. Here is a look at Web2Carz 2011 Automobile Award Winners!
Best Designed Car of 2011
2011 Jaguar XJ
Brief: Redesigned in 2010 to recapture a market that has dwindled, the XJ is a luxury car with sporty appeal. For those who can afford it, they will get a lot for the price--impeccable eye-catching exterior styling, tasteful interior luxury, and a nimble agility behind the wheel. Jaguar did something wonderful this year, and the XJ is just it.
Pros: Well-crafted interior, stylistic body shape, incredible engines and drive-train, superb agility for a luxury vehicle.
Cons: No all-wheel drive, underdeveloped touchscreen and media tech, less interior room than more affordable models in its class.
Best Performance Car of 2011
|2011 Chevrolet Corvette
Brief: The 2011 Corvette is the best performance car bargain, offering incredible handling, acceleration, breaking and steering at a reasonable price.
Pros: Best price for most performance, excellent safety standards, tight handling, adrenaline-pumping pedal pusher.
Cons: Interior is notably subpar compared to other performance cars in its class.
Best Family Car of 2011
|2011 Ford Explorer
Brief: Totally redesigned for 2011, the new Ford Explorer has been upgraded all around. Better fuel economy, better interior quality, advance tech and the latest safety features make it a great choice for a family car.
Pros: Great driveability, surprising fuel economy, astounding interior quality compared to past years, and a gobsmacking tech features for the new century.
Cons: Third-row seating cramped, and less cargo area than other SUVs.
Most Innovative Car of 2011
|2011 Nissan LEAF
Brief: First zero-emissions fully electric vehicle to be mass-produced in the U.S(well that is not true, but we like the sound of it). Nissan may have gone out on a limb, and has taken a chance with the no-gas LEAF in a market that demands "extended range" offered by hybrid vehicles. Nonetheless, the toated 100-mile per charge range has raised brows, and makes the LEaf the most innovative car of 2011.
Pros: No gas required. Interior tech is undoubtedly futuristic, and innovative itself. Top safety Pick, and it does not look that bad for a full electric vehicle.
Cons: Lacks performance found in gas-powered compact competitors. 100 mile range may also be a negative to some.
Safest Car of 2011
|2011 Cadillac CTS
Brief: Safety is the most important consideration to a majority of consumers. The heavier a car, typically; the better it absorbs impact, and the higher the the safety rating. The 2011 Cadillac CTS is a bulky lifeboat with a decent price-tag, and sits near the top of the IIHS safety list. Safety features include, Front and rear head airbags, Dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, stability and traction control, all around ABS, and even passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation.
Pros: Incredible performance vibe, one of a kind exterior look, and notable handling.
Cons: Fuel economy subpar, front seats described as lacking support and uncomfortable.