8. AutoGuide Vehicles of the Year
Believe it or not, 2013 was the year of the year, as in AutoGuide’s Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. That’s right, we’re a triple threat.
The spunky and sophisticated Mazda3 won our Car of the Year honors for 2014, bowling the judges over with its refinement, efficiency and playful dynamics. It’s the C-Segment vehicle to beat in North America.
As for Utility of the Year, the luxurious yet sensible Acura MDX drove away with the title. It delivers an engaging on-road experience yet is still comfortable and efficient for families. Folks, that right there is a tough combination to beat.
Lastly, Ram’s 1500 with the newly available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine won our Truck of the Year award. The availability of a compression-ignition powerplant under the hood of a light-duty pickup is huge news, but not the only reason Ram won. It also comes with a slick eight-speed automatic transmission and offers available air suspension. Check and mate.