Boxster S, Mercedes-Benz GL win Autoweek honors
The Porsche Boxster S and the Mercedes-Benz GL have been chosen as Autoweek's Best of the Best Car and Truck of the year for 2013.
This is the third year the auto enthusiast magazine, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has given such awards.
Porsche's 911 also was a finalist for the car category, making Porsche the only brand with two nameplates nominated for the award.
"Both the Boxster S and 911 are stellar vehicles, but ultimately the Boxster S proved an absolute delight to drive, and it claimed the title," Editor Wes Raynal said in a statement. "The Boxster S should be in every enthusiast's garage."
Other contenders in the car category included the Cadillac ATS, Dodge Dart and Subaru BRZ.
Raynal said the Mercedes-Benz GL's ride set it apart from the competition: Acura RDX, Ford Escape, Infiniti JX35 and Mazda CX-5.
"For a large seven-seat vehicle, the GL has amazing body control and among the smoothest powertrains of any SUV," he said.
To qualify for the awards, vehicles must be all-new or substantially changed for the model year. Cars are defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks and wagons. The truck category includes classic pickups, crossovers, minivans and SUVs. All must be readily available to the public.
Autoweek staff evaluated the vehicles for drivetrain, ride quality, handling, exterior, interior design and fun factor.
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