The Spies critique the Automobile Magazine 2005 All-Star awards
Here's who we'd have picked in each category...First their picks and then ours below each choice
Automobile of the Year: Chrysler 300C - At a time when the American auto industry needs heroes, the 300C wins the medal of honor, hands down. Chryslers 340-hp, Hemi-headed honey has taken America by storm.
All-Star Coupe: BMW M3 The M3's 333 hp is a lot, and so is nearly $50,000 - but the M3 is worth every penny because it rewards every bit of skill a driver puts into it.
Agreed, but add two doors or slighty modify this category and it's an Audi S4
All-Star Family Car: Subaru Legacy The Legacy beat out the competition because it can be all things to all people: a refined, high-quality, comfortable freeway cruiser and a sporty back-roads car, with fine steering and brakes and a sweet shifter.
2005 Honda Accord Hybrid
All-Star Luxury Sedan: Audi A8L The A8L is impossible to ignore, to resist, or, for the foreseeable future, to surpass. Driving it is a no-fuss experience, and it engagingly does anything and everything asked.
None- We're bored with all of them...A8, 745, S, LS, Q...a shining star is needed here to take this category to the next level and that will be the the next S-class.
All-Star Minivan: Honda Odyssey Toyota, Nissan, and Chrysler have threatened the champ's reign, but the all-new 2005 Odyssey delivers another knockout punch to the segment.
Toyota Sienna Limited
All-Star Pickup: Toyota Tacoma The new Tacoma is the best truck in its set, offering more configurations than any competitor, with refinement and impressive engineering.
Tie: Toyota Tacoma, Ford F-150- a lot to like about both
All-Star Small Car: Mazda 3 This compact sedan has an attractive price and a spacious cabin, and enthusiastic drivers can enjoy it on roads where poise matters more than trunk volume.
Tie: MINI, Mazda 3, Scion coupe
All-Star Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette The sixth-generation Corvette yanks at the heartstrings of enthusiasts and turns heads wherever it goes. The car is so good that anyone can be a hero in it.
All-Star Sport-utility Vehicle: Cadillac SRX With edgy styling that distinguishes it from its boxlike brethren, the driver-centric SRX is an uncompromising blend of performance and utility.
Volvo XC90- Best balance, package and safety of anything offered + the new V8 makes it even nicer.
All-Star Sport Sedan: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR This vehicle offers major grunt, great gobs of grip, four doors, five seats, visceral performance coupled with a remarkably supple ride, and great fun, all at a price your CPA could love.
Agreed. It's only problem is that it's a Mitsubishi
All-Star Design: BMW 6-series This dramatic, functional, and exciting automobile stands out like a swan in a gaggle of geese.
If this is the design winner then Sandra Bernhard is the next Victoria's secret model. Our choice is the Porsche 997S...timeless
All-Star Technology: Audi DSG The Audi TT is the first to market with what could be the transmission of the future: the Direct-Shift Gearbox designed by BorgWarner, which combines the best features of manuals and automatics.
Tie: Acura RL live traffic based navigation system, BLIS Blind Spot Information System-Volvo