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Car of the Year - Best Value

Winner! 2019 Kia Forte EX

MSRP: $17,690

The all-new 2019 Forte is all-new, boasting a new Stinger-inspired design and more fuel efficient powertrain. Thanks to an all-new in-house built Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), the Forte achieves up to 35 MPG combined. It's slightly bigger, equating to a bit more passenger room and the largest trunk space in the segment. On the tech front, the Forte now comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen (the largest in the segment) with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration across all three trims (FE, LXS, EX). All trims also come standard with Kia DriveWise, a suite of advanced safety features including Forward Collision Avoidance, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning. The EX Launch Edition commemorates the all-new Forte with additional premium features such as a Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and power sunroof, while a rear spoiler and unique 17-inch wheels complete the look.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 

MSRP: $25,955

Freshened styling and LEDs front and rear give the Golf Alltrack a new visual signature. New, larger MIB II touchscreen infotainment systems across all trims, up to 8 inches. 4Motion® all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, Alltrack-exclusive “Off Road Mode,” and increased ground clearance provide exceptional performance on a variety of terrains. Driver assistance features become standard on various trims, including Front Assist, ACC and Lane Assist. Six-year or 72,000-mile “bumper-to-bumper” limited warranty beats its competitors’ bumper to bumper coverage in years and mileage. Tech features include standard Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect and an available Off-Road HMI section for the MIB II infotainment platform. #VWAlltrack

2019 Fiat 124 Spider

MSRP: $24,995

The Fiat 124 Spider - with iconic Italian styling, segment-exclusive turbo power and some very cool new options that sttand out on the road and the track - offers the ultimate top-down, fun-to-drive experience.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 

MSRP: $19,900

The all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback is Toyota’s newest, stylish, and most technologically-advanced small car. Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you – the hatchback, in either SE or XSE grades, is all about making a huge impression. With its lengthy list of standard features that includes Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity; a revised sport-tuned suspension and new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform; and the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Corolla Hatchback strikes a resounding chord with drivers who value authenticity, utility, practicality, and style. #corolla

Car of the Year - Luxury/Performance

Winner! 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye

MSRP: $69,650

Powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output engine that also powered the Demon, the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye produces 797-horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque, delivers zero to 60 mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds, and a quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph, making it the quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car. #dodge

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

MSRP: $46,595

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic movie “Bullitt” and its fan-favorite San Francisco car chase, Ford introduces the new cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

SUV/Crossover of the Year - Best Value

Winner! 2019 Subaru Ascent

MSRP: $31,995

The 2019 Ascent is the biggest Subaru ever built. Expanding on renowned Subaru strengths, the Ascent delivers an unparalleled driving experience with a spacious interior, comfortable and flexible seating options and a host of new safety, driver assist and in-vehicle technologies. The new SUBARU STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere kit is a great fit for families in the all-new 2019 Ascent, the first Subaru model to offer an in-vehicle WI-FI hotspot.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP: $41,700

The 2018 Traverse is for the go-getters, the adventure seekers, the family that’s always in motion and anyone else who finds meaning in the everyday drive. And with seven different trim levels, and the ability to seat up to eight passengers, there’s a version to suit everyone’s needs. This mid-size SUV features best-in-class cargo space with 98.2 cubic feet available and an industry-first Front Center Air Bag, which supports its 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The standard 3.6L V6 engine allows for impressive power and available towing capability no matter your destination. Plus, the 9-speed automatic transmission offers the smooth shifting you want and the fuel economy you need. #chevrolet #chevy #chevytraverse #FindNewRoads

2019 Honda Pilot

MSRP: $48,020

The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot has numerous changes, including more aggressive exterior styling, an available new hands-free power tailgate, substantial powertrain refinements, major upgrades to available connected-car technology, an available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, and a volume knob. The 2019 Pilot also adopts the Honda Sensing  suite of advanced driver-assistive and safety technology as standard in all trims. The 2019 Pilot LX with standard front-wheel drive carries a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1 ) of $31,450 (excluding $995 destination and handling). While all Pilot trim levels benefit from refreshed styling, technical upgrades and new features – including newly standard Honda Sensing – the popular EX trim extends its value story even further as it gains several premium features while maintaining the same price point. #HondaPilot

2018 Kia Niro PHEV

MSRP: $27,900

The 2018 Niro PHEV brings an exciting new dimension to Kia’s alternative fuel car line-up. As Kia’s third plug-in model, the Niro PHEV offers the same crossover utility, fun-driving and design as the award-winning Niro hybrid, but with an estimated 0 to 26-miles of All-Electric Range. The Niro PHEV pairs a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with an 8.9 kWh (59 kW) lithium-polymer battery pack and a powerful 60-HP (44.5 kW) electric motor, a set-up for optimum fuel efficiency and electrically driven range. This results in a MPGe rating of 105, and a driving range of up to 560 miles when both electric and gasoline systems work together. With Niro Plug-in Hybrid you can have it all—pure EV daily driving and the ability to take long road trips.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

MSRP: $38,295

The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – builds on its legendary history with an unmatched combination of off-road capability, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features. #jeep

SUV/Crossover of the Year - Luxury

Winner!  2018 Lexus LX 570

MSRP: $90,380

Whether on rocky country roads or rugged city streets, the Lexus LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort. This flagship SUV features a stylish exterior that leaves an enduring image of beauty and strength. That design continues inside the LX where Lexus master craftsmen utilize the finest materials to create a lavish interior that is assembled with meticulous attention to detail. Powering the LX 570 is a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 90-percent of its 403 lb.-ft. of torque available at 3,600 rpm. Equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the LX 570 is capable of towing up to 7,000-lbs. #LexusLX

2019 Infiniti QX50 

MSRP: $45,150

The all-new QX50, arguably the most compelling Infiniti to date, offers world-first technologies, standout design, an enhanced interior space and an entirely new platform – providing a new level of versatility, efficiency and performance in luxury mid-size crossovers. The bold exterior styling remains true to that of the QX50 Concept and QX Sport Inspiration vehicles, bringing a fresh interpretation of INFINITI's distinctive "Powerful Elegance" design language to the crossover segment. The unrivaled interior space, artistic application of high quality materials, and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible. The new VC-Turbo engine, the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, delivers driving pleasure and efficiency in equal measure, while INFINITI Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and the new ProPILOT Assist technologies react discreetly to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering driver assist features.

Truck of the Year

Winner!  2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn
Crewcab 4x4

MSRP: $54,990

A no-compromise truck, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s backbone, the frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. An all-new eTorque system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and ready alert braking. #RamTrucks

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

MSRP: $44,885

With Colorado ZR2, the more bumps in the road the better. Featuring segment exclusives like Multimatic™ shocks and front and rear electronic locking differentials, this capable midsize truck was built for the road less traveled. An available GM-exclusive Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine delivers impressive power, including best-in-class torque, to help give you the push you need to take on steep challenges. It offers up to 48mm more factory-installed lift than Colorado, and its 17-inch wheels are wrapped in beefy 31-inch Goodyear® tires for an imposing stance. #chevrolet #chevy #coloradozr2 #FindNewRoads

2018 Ford F150 Platinum
Crew Cab 4x4 Diesel

MSRP: $57,910

The 2018 Ford F-150’s first 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine officially boasts EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined. These are the highest EPA-estimated ratings available in a full-size pickup truck.

2019 GMC Sierra AT4

MSRP: $53,200

The all-new Sierra AT4 heralds the arrival of the AT4 sub-brand for GMC. Much like Denali, the ultimate expression of professional grade, AT4-equipped vehicles are made for a distinct customer and deliver a unique formula of authentic off-road capability, innovative technology paired with premium refinement and a bold GMC appearance. Select standard content of the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes a two-inch factory-installed suspension lift, standard 4WD with two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates, off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers, and the industry-first MultiPro tailgate. Select available content includes the segment-first multi-color head-up display, segment-first Rear Camera Mirror, industry-first CarbonPro carbon fiber pickup box and an optional 6.2L V-8 producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

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