Each TOTY contender is evaluated against six criteria.
Quality execution of exterior and interior styling, innovation in vehicle packaging, good selection and use of materials.
Integrity of total vehicle concept and execution, clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing, and dynamics issues; use of cost-effective technologies that benefit the consumer.
How well the vehicle does the job its designers and product planners intended.
Low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.
Primary safety -- the vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash -- as well as secondary safety measure that protect occupants from harm during a crash.
Price and equipment levels measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.
|Allyson Harwood||Executive Editor,
|Carlos Lago||Assistant Web Producer|
|Edward Loh||Executive Editor|
|Nate Martinez||Associate Web Producer|
|Scott Mortara||Road Test Editor|
|Kim Reynolds||Testing Director|