2014 Motor Trend Car Of The Year: The New Cadillac CTS; Check Out The Finalists [PHOTOS]

on November 07 2013 6:10 PM
  • 001 Cadillac-CTS
    The Cadillac CTS mid-sized luxury sedan, which Motor Trend magazine named the 2014 Car of the Year on Thursday, is the third generation CTS that was unveiled in March. It sports a 3.6 liter V6 with 420 horsepower and 430 foot pounds of torque. Cadillac
  • 001b Cadillac-CTS
    The Cadillac CTS is part of GM’s efforts to bring the luxury brand onto the world stage, so the company didn’t scrimp on the interior. Cadillac
  • 002 BMW 4
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe replaces the 3 Series and comes in four versions, from basic to sport. BMW
  • 002c BMW 4
    The 2014 BMW 4 Series is slightly longer, giving a little more leg room. BMW
  • 003 Chevrolet Corvette
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette had been in development since 2007 and was delayed for three years before GM settled on a cheaper front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Chevrolet
  • 003b Chevrolet Corvette
    The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has a 6.2 liter V8 with 455 horsepower. Chevrolet
  • 004b Jaguar F Type
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The 2014 Jaguar F-Type has a shorter platform than the XK convertible and has an all aluminum chassis. Jaguar
  • 004c Jaguar F Type
    The 2014 Jaguar F-Type entry level has a 3.0 liter V6 supercharged engine than can do 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds. Jaguar
  • 005 Kia Forte
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The second generation Kia Forte is completely redesigned including LED headlights and Kia Motors’ new 1.8 liter 4-cylinder Nu engine. Kia Motors
  • 005b Kia Forte
    The Kia Forte scored low on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earlier this year, along with the Nissan Sentra and Kia Soul on overlap frontal impact tests, but it did make the finals for the 2014 Car of the Year. Kia Motors
  • 006 Mazda3 side
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The 2014 Mazda3 is the third generation Mazda compact. It comes in two different engine configurations: the 2.0 liter (155 hp, 150 lb-ft of torque) or the 2.5 liter (184 hp, 182 lb-ft of torque). Mazda
  • 006c mazda3
    The 2014 Mazda3 was first revealed in Australia in June. Mazda
  • 007 Mazda6
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The 2014 Mazda6 large family car is being compared to the popular Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Mazda
  • 007c Mazda6
    The 2014 Mazda6 comes in three models: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Mazda
  • 008 Mercedes S
    Motor Trend 2014 Car of the Year finalist: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class was first unveiled in May. It features a newly designed fascia and LED head and tail lamps. Mercedes-Benz
  • 008b Mercedes S
    The 2014 S Class is powered by a twin-turbo V8 that produced 455 horsepower. An upgrade to the S600 includes a V12. Mercedes-Benz
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Motor Trend magazine announced Thursday its 2014 Car of the Year, and the honor goes, as it usually does, to an American brand: in this case the newest Cadillac CTS mid-sized luxury car from General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM).

The magazine has awarded the title almost every year since 1949, and only eight times to foreign brands, the first being the Citroën SM in 1972.

GM is putting a great deal of effort into Cadillac, hoping to finally make a truly global luxury car that can hold its own against the Germans that dominate. The Cadillac ATS luxury compact won the North American Car of the Year from a panel of 50 journalists at the Detroit auto show in January, and the Tesla Model S electric sedan was the 2013 Motor Trend winner, so clearly GM has turned some heads among the professional critics.

“The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS prevailed over one of the most competitive fields in recent memory because it best met our award’s key criteria. Our judges were particularly impressed by the CTS’s responsive powertrains and masterful balance of smooth ride and sporty handling,” said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh.

On the other hand, the award doesn’t necessarily mean the winner is really a winner. There have been plenty of lemons or retrospectively “meh” cars that have received the accolade. Does anyone remember the 1995 Chrysler Cirrus or 1976 Plymouth Volare?

Motor Trend also seems to hand out the accolade with a mind to what’s en vogue, which explains how a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and an electric car have won in recent years. Setting aside the noble, environmentally correct aspect of a hybrid, who actually believes the Toyota Prius was the best overall car in 2004?

Nevertheless, this is the first car award for the 2014 model year and it offers a glimpse of the full gamut of finalists, pointing car buffs to which significantly retooled model is getting attention.

Motor Trend's seven other finalists are from two German brands, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, two models from Japanese automaker Mazda, South Korea’s Kia Forte, Britain’s Jaguar F-Type and GM’s sporty Chevrolet Corvette. In case you’re wondering, here are the eight foreign models to have won the prize since Motor Trend began the annual award 54 years ago.

1972: Citroën SM
1985: Volkswagen GTI
2003: Infiniti G35
2004: Toyota Prius
2006: Honda Civic
2007: Toyota Camry
2009: Nissan GT-R
2012: Volkswagen Passat

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