Motor Trend on Thursday named General Motors all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS as its Car of the Year for 2014.
The CTS was one of 22 models the magazine put through a battery of performance tests and later was one of eight finalists that included the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.
Finalists then were tested further and evaluated for design, engineering, efficiency, safety, value and performance.
“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,” Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh said in a statement.
“Our judges were particularly impressed by the CTS’s responsive powertrains and masterful balance of smooth ride and sporty handling.”
The redesigned CTS went on sale this fall, transformed into a larger car with bolder and more sophisticated styling.
Other Motor Trend Car of the Year finalists were the BMW 4 Series, Jaguar F-Type, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The 2014 CTS also is on the list of contenders for North American Car and Truck of the Year. Finalists will be named in December and winners will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show.