Zoomie Awards Highlight Best of this Year’s Autos

This year’s Greater Milwaukee auto show was another success! Mark Savage has already handed out this year’s Zoomie awards, and the winner of the Car of the Year goes to Dodge Dart.

“I can’t lie. I have reservations selecting the Dodge Dart because Dodge/Fiat has not proven to me yet that their vehicles are good long-term buys,” said Savage. “But from the initial drive I must say I was most impressed and surprised by this car during the past year.”

Savage bases his Car of the Year selection on what is best for the masses, not for the wealthy. In addition to the Car of the Year, which was stolen by Dodge Dart, the following cars are also on the winners’ list:

Best looking coupe/hatchback:

This goes to the Hyundai Veloster. Savage said based on looks alone, the Veloster would have taken Car of the Year, but because it is a hatchback and is designed for a younger audience, winning wasn’t quite realistic. According to Savage, this car won the title of best looking coupe because of its style and sporty looks, handling and ride. He also said it took the best looking and functioning interior.

Best family sedan:

Nissan’s Altima stole the show in this category for its looks, value, luxury feel and gas mileage. Runners up for this category include Chevy’s new Malibu, Toyota’s newly styled Camry, Honda’s Accord and Acura’s new sedan, the ILX.

Best-looking family sedan:

When it comes to looks alone, while the Altima is a close second, the winner goes to Volkswagen’s CC Sport.

Best entry-level car:

Starting at $12,500, Hyundai’s new Accent made the list as the “low-cost gem.”

Best new SUV:

The Mercedes-Benz GLK350 W4 edged out the other SUVs in its class. A very close second is the Volvo XC60, which lost by a hair due to the fact that it is more of a crossover than an SUV. Savage deems both as attractive and packed full of goodies.

Best new Average Joe SUV:

Of the smaller SUVs, the new Mazda CX-5 takes the win.

Best entry-level luxury:

The Hyundai Azera stole this category, which may come as a surprise to some. Although most people wouldn’t think of Hyundai as being luxurious, it really has stepped up its game.

Best luxury car:

According to Savage, luxury means anything over $50,000. And, while he points out that most cars in this category are filled with the bells and whistles, he gave the title to the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

The 2013 Greater Milwaukee auto show ended March 3. If you made it out, you would know that there were some real gems there this year.