THE CRITERIA
Each TOTY contender is evaluated against six criteria.

DESIGN ADVANCEMENT
Quality execution of exterior and interior styling, innovation in vehicle packaging, good selection and use of materials.

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
Integrity of total vehicle concept and execution, clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing, and dynamics issues; use of cost-effective technologies that benefit the consumer.

INTENDED FUNCTION
How well the vehicle does the job its designers and product planners intended.

EFFICIENCY
Low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.

SAFETY
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.

VALUE
Price and equipment levels measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.

JUDGES
Allyson HarwoodExecutive Editor, Truck Trend
Carlos LagoAssistant Web Producer
Edward LohExecutive Editor
Nate MartinezAssociate Web Producer
Scott MortaraRoad Test Editor
Kim ReynoldsTesting Director
Mark WilliamsContributor