November 1, 2002 announces Editors’ Most Wanted vehicle awards

Santa Monica, California –, a leading U.S. internet site for consumer automotive information, announced the winners of the fifth annual Editors’ Most Wanted vehicle awards and named the Nissan 350Z the Editor’s Most Significant Vehicle of the Year.

“The Editors’ Most Wanted awards recognize the current model year vehicles the editors would choose, for each of 29 vehicle categories, if we were spending our own money,” explains Karl Brauer, Editor-In-Chief of

“For this task, our demographically diverse editorial staff is guided by passion, not science, to choose the vehicles we’d love to have in our own driveways.”

The 2003 winners in each category are: (U.S. prices)

Coupe Under $15,000 Honda Civic
Sedan Under $15,000 Hyundai Elantra
Wagon Under $15,000 Suzuki Aerio
Coupe Under $25,000 MINI Cooper
Convertible Under $25,000 Mazda MX-5 Miata
SedanUnder $25,000 Volkswagen Passat
Wagon Under $25,000 Volkswagen Passat
SUV Under $25,000 Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute
Coupe Under $35,000 BMW 3 Series
Convertible Under $35,000 Honda S2000
Sedan Under $35,000 BMW 3 Series
Wagon Under $35,000 Audi A4
SUV Under $35,000 Honda Pilot
Coupe Under $45,000 Chevrolet Corvette
Convertible Under $45,000 BMW 3 Series
SedanUnder $45,000 BMW 5 Series
Wagon Under $45,000 BMW 5 Series
Midsize SUV Under $45,000 BMW X5
Large SUV Under $45,000 Toyota Sequoia
Coupe Over $45,000 Porsche 911
Convertible Over $45,000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Sedan Over $45,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Wagon Over $45,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Midsize SUV Over $45,000 LandRover RangeRover
Large SUV Over $45,000 Toyota LandCruiser/Lexus LX 470
Compact Truck Dodge Dakota
Large Truck Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra
Minivan Honda Odyssey
Exotic Ferrari 360 Modena

In conjunction with the Editors’ Most Wanted award announcements each October, also selects the Most Significant Vehicle of the Year. This award is awarded to a vehicle that changes the rules of a given segment, creates a new niche or redefines an automaker’s image. chose the Nissan 350Z because it redefines the price point of the sports car segment, offering an unprecedented 287 horsepower for less than U.S.$27,000. In addition, the introduction of the Z punctuates Nissan’s revival, putting a finishing touch on the company’s competitive, complete model line offering, said the editors.

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