The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and the Jeep Grand Cherokee have been chosen as AutoWeek's Best of the Best/Car and Best of the Best/Truck of the year for 2011. This was the first time since the 1960s that the auto enthusiast magazine has given such awards.
AutoWeek is a sister publication of Automotive News.
The CTS-V narrowly beat the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 series. The Mercedes-Benz SLS and the Ford Fiesta were also contenders.
The design elements of the revamped Grand Cherokee pushed it ahead of the other finalists: the Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-150, the Porsche Cayenne and the Honda Odyssey.
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.
"The Cadillac is a car you can drive every day but it has a performance of a sports car," Editor Wes Raynal said of the staff's decisions. "The Jeep, if we had a most improved award it would have gotten that, too. You could say what made it stand out is that it is head-and-shoulders above where it used to be."