Yes, we are fully aware of the GT-R's best-known nickname, "Godzilla" -- so called because the automotive press found previous generations as ferocious and all-conquering as Japan's fire-breathing monster. Find out why the 2009 Nissan GT-R was named the 2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year.
By now you've probably heard who we selected our 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year. If not, I won't spoil it for you here, but will offer you my thoughts on each of the eligible competitors in this year's event. As you might imagine, a Truck Trend point of view can be a little different than a Motor Trend point of view.
As the saying goes, it's all in the details, and that's where the 2008 Mazda CX-9's sporty personality shines. Slide behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel and into the nicely bolstered bucket, and you're treated to one of the most comfortable, driver-focused seating positions available, not just in an SUV but in any vehicle.
Crisis? What crisis? Even though the price of gas has broken the $3-a-gallon barrier and economy is sputtering (i.e. the mortgage fiasco, Wall Street stress, the dollar's value dropping, and even auto loans are getting harder to find), American buyers still love a pickup truck.