The annual evaluation of vehicles is done by the automotive editors of Autobytel who have driven a wide range of cars and truck/SUV vehicles each year looking for the best of the best among the eleven categories of vehicles.
"Our selection process wasn't easy," said Autobytel editor-in-chief, Michelle Naranjo; “The offerings within each of the vehicle segments we analyzed are extremely competitive, with some of the highest quality products we've seen in recent years. The winning vehicles represent the best of the best when it comes to innovation, quality of design, and robust features. Any one of these vehicles would make a top pick for today's discerning car buyers."
2014 Jaguar F-Type
"The wait for the successor to the E-Type has been more than worth it," said Naranjo. "The Jaguar F-Type is quite simply superb, with a gorgeous design and impressive performance in virtually every respect. It's the perfect blend of style and luxury in a thrill-a-minute ride."
2014 Land Rover Range Rover
"Don't let the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover fool you," said Naranjo. "It's gorgeous on the outside and lavishly appointed on the inside, yet positively capable off road. With opulent features, timeless styling, and plenty of utility to handle the toughest terrains, it sits at the top of the Luxury SUV food chain."
The 2014 Autobytel Category winners are as follows:
- Compact Car of the Year: Ford Fiesta ST
- Convertible of the Year: Jaguar F-Type
- Sedan of the Year: Mazda Mazda6
- Luxury Car of the Year: Audi S8
- Sports Car of the Year: Chevrolet Corvette
- Alternative Fuel Car of the Year: BMW i3
- Crossover of the Year: Subaru Forester
- SUV of the Year: Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Luxury SUV of the Year: Land Rover Range Rover
- Pickup Truck of the Year: RAM 1500
- Van/Minivan of the Year: Honda Odyssey.
"The winners of the 2014 Autobytel Car and Truck of the Year Awards set the bar and represent the future in vehicle design and manufacturing," said Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel. "We extend our sincere congratulations to the automakers on our list and look forward to an exciting year ahead—for car buyers and the industry alike."
We have driven many of the category winners that were selected by Autobytel and agree with them that the competition for the 2014 Car or Truck/SUV of the Year was likely the most complex and competitive in the history of the award.
Autobytel Inc. provides consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States. It also offers consumers detailed and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com that helps automotive consumers research vehicles and connect with dealers nationwide.