Here are ten of our favorite cars of the year.
That’s the news all of you have been waiting for: the 2020 CarBuzz Award winners. We have evaluated more than 500 vehicles this year, so narrowing them down to ten winning cars is not a significant feat. Continuing the theme of the 2019 Awards, three finalists were selected for each of our ten categories, with many excellent vehicles eliminated due to fierce competition.
Each award has its own criteria for choosing the winning car, but since our jurors are passionate about cars, driving pleasure is always important to You can trust that all 10 winners are happy to drive.
So without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite models in 2020.
Tech lover’s dream: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
“The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 2021 is a testament to what it means to embrace technology in modern automobiles,” said Roger Biermann, Editor-in-Chief at CarBuzz. “From the flagship EQ Boost and AMG Ride Control mild hybrid systems – arguably one of the best air suspension setups CarBuzz has ever experienced – to the Mercedes-Benz User Experience with voice control Advanced, from the ‘Hey, Mercedes’ trigger, and the MBUX motion-detection Interior Assistant, Mercedes-AMG has actually produced a technological suction that outperformed other finalists, “Biermann continue.
“The next roster of advanced driver assistance and semi-automatic functionality fitted as standard for the GLS 63 simply beats the title claim. Mercedes-Benz is a worthy winner in the category. The dream of technology lover CarBuzz in 2020 and after winning in 2019 with the GLE-Class, has demonstrated the brand’s commitment to the development and democratization of world-class technology. ”
Happy family: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica
“Pacifica has dominated the pickup truck segment, attracting more image-conscious home buyers than ever before. But it’s done in a way that makes driving a family car more fun,” Biermann said. come back, “said Biermann. “The 2019 Pacifica impressed at second place in last year’s CarBuzz Awards, but meaningful updates for the 2020 and 2021 model years, including the addition of all-wheel drive, the extreme Pinnacle model. Luxury ergonomics and renewed styling, has been made the Pacifica not to be missed this time around. ”
The ability to operate in all weather conditions in the form of Pacifica AWD, world-class gas mileage from the Pacifica Hybrid and the industry’s best infotainment system found in a pickup truck, thanks to Uconnect 5’s support, are all key factors for this year’s awarding in the Fun Family Category. There is simply no other family car with such capabilities, technology and features, making the Chrysler Pacifica 2021 a worthy winner in our eyes.
Everyone’s car: 2021 Kia K5
Jared Rosenholtz, Senior Editor of CarBuzz, said: “The Kia K5 2021 proves that the sedan still holds a key position in the dominant crossover market. Replacing the Optima in the Kia lineup, the K5 offers a great deal with an affordable starting price of $ 23,490 ”. The winner of the People’s Car Award must be priced lower than the average transaction price of a new car in the United States, around $ 38,000 by 2020. K5 cuts this budget to make room for redundancy. . Even the premium EX version starts at $ 27,990, and the sporty GT model coming next year will qualify for a starting price of $ 30,490.
Rosenholtz adds: “After driving the new K5, we were impressed with its unique styling, well-organized interior, premium materials, sporty driving style and outstanding safety technology.” “Unlike the Optima before it, the K5 offers a full-time four-wheel drive option, open to new customers in colder climates who should be considered a crossover. The addition of the sporty GT model with 290 hp and 311 pound-feet of torque will even give enthusiasts something to crave for an affordable price point. to the best combination of features and fun at an affordable price, making it the clear winner in this year’s People’s Car category. ”
Surprise of the year: 2020 Nissan Sentra
Rosenholtz commented: “In a year full of surprises, the Nissan Sentra 2020 shocked some CarBuzz reviewers by completely changing it from its predecessor,” commented Rosenholtz. “Nissan designers have turned the Sentra from drab to flashy, ditching the old styling for a new, handsome look. Sentra also revamped the inside, with more premium materials including seat models. Cotton quilting is available and the 8 inch touchscreen features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. ”
As an improvement over last year’s model, the Sentra shines most on a curved road. Rosenholtz added: “We were blown away by the Sentra’s handling prowess thanks to the new independent rear suspension. “Combined with impeccable chassis tuning, comfortable suspension, sturdy steering and a surprisingly smooth continuously variable transmission, the Sentra is currently one of the coolest compact sedans out there. market. It’s so good, we hope Nissan will let the Nismo division spawn version speeds. ” Sentra was the biggest surprise this year and grabbed the winning spot.
Poster Car: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
“The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette turns more heads than any other car we’ve reviewed this year, which is impressive considering how many six-figure supporters have been put in place for review. Carbuzz Poster Car of the year must attract the attention of road users and act as inspiration for cars Rosenholtz said enthusiasts from its hanging position on the wall. “Corvette has long been iconic. of the Americana and the embodiment of affordable performance, but with the shift to the mid-engine layout in the C8 generation, the humble Vette will now be mistaken for the best Italian car on the road. ”
Moving the engine to the center also had a profound effect on performance. With a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing a capacity of up to 495 horsepower, Corvette reaches 60 mph in 2.9 seconds compared to a supercar. “The Corvette is the definition of a poster car that young and old enthusiasts can expect, save for the day when they can finally drive one,” added Rosenholtz. “With a starting price of just $ 58,900, the Corvette is a dream car achievable and viable for those willing to work hard. We imagine that the 2020 Corvette will make love with many bedroom wall this year. ”
Best interior: 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
“The Rolls-Royce Ghost is exciting the moment the electrically operated doors close automatically, separating the occupants from the hustle and bustle of the outside world,” says Jared Rosenholtz. After more than a decade of being sold, the brand-new Ghost, bringing in new luxury features will further impress longtime owners.
Rosenholtz adds: “This interior is a beautiful place to spend time. Anyone lucky enough to be seated in Ghost will be amazed at its new starlight panel, which matches the signature Starlight Headliner. there are shooting stars, ”adds Rosenholtz. “Every surface in Ghost feels as if it belonged to a Hollywood mansion – the real wood panel, the metal controls, and the wool carpet – all have a sense of sophistication. Combined with luxurious technology features such as massage chairs, champagne built-in refrigerator and a rear outdoor dining table with an electrically operated screen, the Rolls-Royce Ghost 2021 deserves to win the Cabinet The most beautiful furniture this year. ”
Luxury Family Car: 2021 Cadillac Escalade
“The Cadillac Escalade recreates and revitalizes America’s premier luxury,” said Rosenholtz. “The latest Escalade not only impresses with its enormous size, but also adds new technological features that meet and surpass European competitors.” The Escalade excels as a family car, offering three rows of seats with room for up to eight passengers. Rosenholtz adds: “Even third-row passengers will feel comfortable and with the extended ESV model there is still room for cargo with all seats already filled. “Up front, the Escalade impresses with a 38-inch OLED display paired with one of two excellent AKG sound systems with up to 36 speakers.”
Cadillac also added its signature Super Cruise technology, allowing hands-free driving on some highways. This new Escalade is also more comfortable than ever. Rosenholtz commented: “We were impressed with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with its pneumatic suspension, which helps the Escalade glide on rough roads. “Combined with the independent rear suspension change, this is the most capable Escalade ever. The combination of practicality, technology and comfort puts it in the mix. Top spot in the Family Luxury Car category. ”
Track Weapon: 2020 Lotus Evora GT
“There’s nothing pretending from Lotus that the Evora GT is anything but a track weapon or a road fighter,” said Ian Wright, Associate Editor of CarBuzz. “The Evora GT isn’t a daily driver. It’s hard to drive in commuter traffic, and the meager shopping you can keep in the store’s trunk will be cooked by the 3.5 turbocharged V6. Liters are strong at the moment you go home Without compromise allows Lotus to build a car that is fast and deadly agile Other mid-engine sports cars boast dynamic performance the engine is 418 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, but the Evora GT doesn’t need more than that.It will exhibit a purity of a sense of purpose that makes lap times faster than those on the other. the car is more expensive and flashier. The Evora GT’s engine and chassis are sharpened to the point of sharpness and reward skilled riders with spectacular cornering and ballistic escape speeds. ”
Other cars may be faster, but the 2020 Lotus Evora GT is the one that will give us the most refreshing smile on the track, which is why it deserves our Race Weapon in this year.
Off-road Warrior Vehicle: 2020 Land Rover Defender
“This year, Land Rover not only brought back the iconic Defender name, but opened a new chapter for the off-road legend,” said Wright, “The lever-operated powertrain is over. then, replaced with a modern electronic control system all-wheel drive. Land Rover also makes improvements to old anemic engines and now uses either a 296 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo with mild hybrid technology that produces 395 hp and torque of 406 lb-ft. Completing the package is a sturdy yet stylish and comfortable interior that makes it through long days through even the harshest of terrain. As an unexpected bonus, we were pleasantly surprised at how good the 2020 Land Rover Defender also drives on the road. How easy to live the Defender is, and its top-of-the-line off-road capabilities make Land Rover’s latest product a clear winner in our Terrain Warrior category. ”
Save The Planet: 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
“Fuel efficiency is obviously crucial for a hybrid car, but we also expect it to be a better complete everyday driver than just bank balance friendly,” said Wright. ours. “Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2021 not only delivers 50/54/52 mpg on city / highway / EPA combined cycle from its base model and 45/51/47 mpg from higher versions. , but Hyundai also ensures the Sonata features- Packed and stylish to boot.The sedan boasts a spacious cabin with features like dual-zone climate control and six-wheel-adjustable front seats. There is also an 8 or 10.25 inch touchscreen depending on trim level, both of which are Hyundai’s excellent infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple Carplay as standard. , “he added.
“But Hyundai doesn’t stop at convenience features and call it a one-day. Driver aids include blind-spot collision avoidance, which too many automakers offer the option on. It is the level of consideration for it customers and a reasonable $ 27,750 starting price compared to the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius makes the Sonata Hybrid our top pick for the class. item Save The Planet. ”