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Popular Mechanics Presents First Car of the Year Trophy to 2013 Ford Escape

Nine Others Added to Publication’s New Auto Awards Program

Charles Krome
by Charles Krome
November 14, 2012

After more than a century in print, Popular Mechanics has finally gotten around to creating its own annual awards list for the auto industry, with a panel of expert judges naming the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape as the magazine’s very first “Car of the Year.”

The verdict here: “This is an affordable vehicles that excels in multiple auto-excellence categories, not just one. No vehicle hit a variety of marks harder or topped more editors’ scorecards than the all-new 2013 Ford Escape.”

The other honorees from Popular Mechanics included:

  • Fun to Drive—Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S
  • Performance—Chevy Camaro ZL1
  • Hauling—Ram 1500
  • Luxury—Cadillac ATS
  • Design—SRT Viper
  • Versatility—Nissan Pathfinder
  • Technical Innovation—Tesla Model S
  • Value—Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Fuel-efficiency—Toyota Prius c


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