2013 Dodge Challenger Wins Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award

America loves its muscle cars, and Cars.com's Facebook fans once again proved as much by selecting the 2013 Dodge Challenger as this year's winner of the Shoppers' Choice Award. We can't say we disagree; as we stated on our Facebook page: "We think the Challenger's classic muscle-car styling, refined ride and handling, and spacious interior make this an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a fun, surprisingly practical coupe."

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The Challenger beat nine finalists and was ultimately selected based on the amount of activity generated by millions of shoppers on Cars.com, including how many people researched and reached out to dealers to check out the car. From all that activity, combined with the Facebook voting, we've determined that the Challenger best represents the voice of our users.

Dodge received its Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award this week during the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Congratulations, Dodge, and thanks to the millions of Cars.com users who made this award possible.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2013 | Comments (12)

Cars.com Picks its Family, Work, Play and Eco-Friendly Cars of the Year


We know that shoppers often aren't looking in only one segment when they're shopping for a new car, and we know that they're often not only looking at the newest cars out there. For these reasons and more, we choose our Lifestyle Award winners from the pool of cars that weren't introduced or redesigned for 2013, and that's both a big and impressive pool of nominees.

We start with cars, trucks and SUVs chosen as Best Bets in many categories, and our experts go from there, based on their experiences behind the wheel. We're always considering value when we make our selections, and we make sure we're recommending the most reliable, most efficient cars we can. And, of course, we like the fun cars, as well.

Take a look at our Lifestyle Buying Guides if you're in the hunt for a new car, and check out our winners to see which ones we found to be the cream of the crop.

By Patrick Olsen | January 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com's Lifestyle Award Nominees Announced

Every year, our editors spend countless hours behind the wheels of cars, and with their vast years of experience, they gather each fall to choose their favorite cars for Family, Work, Play and Eco-Friendly Car of the Year. Check out the nominees in each category, and let us know if we got them right:

2013 Cars.com Lifestyle Awards Nominees

By Patrick Olsen | December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Lifestyle Buying Guides Are Here

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We know there are plenty of car shoppers who have been out of the market so long, they don't feel confident about knowing which cars, SUVs or trucks they should be considering as their next vehicle. We're here to help. Our Lifestyle Buying Guides offer suggestions for families, players, workers and green drivers. Here are links to all of them to help you figure out which cars should be in your consideration list.

Family Buying Guides
Small Families
Big Families
First-Time Drivers

Work Car/Truck Buying Guides
Hard Workers
The Boss

Play Buying Guides
Sun Lovers (think convertibles)
Fun to Drive

Eco-Friendly Buying Guide

By Patrick Olsen | December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

Our Nominees for Cars.com's Lifestyle Awards

Cars.com's Lifestyle Awards

As 2010 winds down, it’s time to look at which models caught our eye this year. Whether you’re shopping for a family car, a vehicle for the commute or a set of wheels that’s just plain fun to drive, we have a few recommendations for you. To see all the nominees of Cars.com's annual Lifestyle Awards, click here. The winner of each category will be announced Jan. 11.

By Dave Lee | December 10, 2010 | Comments (2)

Up Close: 2010 Lincoln MKZ


The new MKZ makes larger leaps on the inside than its Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan siblings did, in part because the previous Zephyr/MKZ had, to put it charitably, a pretty lackluster cabin. Gone are the shaded plastic buttons, boxy shapes and grainy dash materials. Now the cabin resembles the MKS', complete with a first-rate navigation system and cleverly stacked wood and aluminum trim.

The show car had Lincoln’s Bridge of Weir leather. It’s rich and inviting, but not dramatically better than the cowhide in a Lexus ES or Cadillac CTS. As long as we’re comparing cars, Lincoln’s center controls aren’t terribly attractive; they’re too small in an arbitrary sort of way, as there seems to be plenty of real estate for them to spread out a bit.

I’d like to see Lincoln do a bit more with the car’s rear styling. The front looks like the MKS — opine on that as you will — but the rear perpetuates the outgoing car’s robotic look. I find the MKS’ rear quite attractive, actually, so it’s a shame Lincoln didn’t translate some of that look to the smaller canvas here. More photos below.

By Kelsey Mays | November 20, 2008 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Lifestyle Award Winners


Today is the day. After reading about the nominees and the debate over which car should come out on top, Cars.com has officially announced its Lifestyle Award winners. No, we can’t give it away here. Just check out the full list.

Family Car of the Year Runners-Up
Play Car of the Year Runners-Up
Work Car of the Year Runners-Up
Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Runners-Up

By David Thomas | January 3, 2007 | Comments (0)

Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Runners-Up


You can’t talk cars these days without talking about hybrids and alternative fuels. This year we had so many new or significant ones that this category was one of the toughest to call in our Lifestyle Awards.

  • Green Cars of the Year: 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2007 Toyota Prius

Runners-Up: Chevrolet Avalanche E85, Chevrolet Suburban E85, Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Saturn Vue Green Line

The Debate: It came down to extreme mileage versus a mix of value, fuel economy and clean emissions. This was a tough one, with the Honda Civic Hybrid touted by some as superior to the Prius. The Vue Green Line also impressed us with its inexpensive price of entry, but none were better-executed than the Camry Hybrid, and none win the mileage battle like the Prius. Case closed … this year.

Family Car of the Year Runners-Up

By David Thomas | December 29, 2006 | Comments (5)

Work Car of the Year Runners-Up


We only had two categories for the Work Car of the Year: Commuters and Hard Workers. One obviously seeks out the best daily drivers we could find, while the other is for people who need their cars during their 9 - 5 shift.

  • Best New Car for Commuters: 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 

Runners-Up: Acura TSX, Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Mazda3, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4

The Debate: Because the nature of a good commuter has as much to do with fuel economy as with a good ride, the Civic Hybrid came out on top without much argument in our war room. The Prius doesn’t ride as smoothly, and the others don’t come close on the mileage front. Still, all the cars in this group would serve as solid workday companions.

By David Thomas | December 28, 2006 | Comments (1)

Play Car of the Year Runners-Up


This is part two of our series where we let you – the readers – inside our decision-making process for our first annual Lifestyle Awards. Today we take on our Play Car of the Year winners and runners-up. We’ll tackle the two remaining Lifestyle categories as we get closer to the final awards on Jan. 3.

  • Best New Car for Off-Roaders: 2007 Land Rover Range Rover

Runners-Up: Hummer H2, Hummer H3, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover LR3, Mercedes-Benz G500, Nissan Xterra, Subaru Outback, Toyota FJ Cruiser

The Debate: Our selections were made before a new Jeep Wrangler was available for testing, otherwise the outcome may have been different. There’s always next year, Jeep. Otherwise there wasn’t much debate because not only is the Range Rover a tremendous off-road machine, it’s also ultra-luxurious.

By David Thomas | December 22, 2006 | Comments (2)

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