Earlier this month, members of the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) gathered at the world headquarters of Public Radio's Car Talk "Spiritual and Menu Advisor," John "Bugsy" Lawlor, to share fellowship, cannolli, and drive candidates for Winter Vehicle of the Year.
Because the region juts out into the Atlantic, New England winter weather is usually unpredictable, and often harsh. Thus any vehicle that can make it here usually can make it anywhere.
Here are some highlights of the results of this year's driving (and food) fest, along with comments from the august members of the group:
The overall NEMPA Official Winter Vehicle: Volvo XC70
"Great safety features, a silent slithering cruiser [Ed. Note: Let's not get too carried away with the alliteration, please. Besides, what does that mean anyway?], seats that stay comfortable all day. The Volvo can handle anything New England weather can throw at it."
All-Weather Sedan under $30,000: Ford Taurus
"Size, comfort, and seamless all wheel drive."
All-Weather Sedan over $30,000: Infiniti G35x
"Could be the finest Infiniti to date. A great car at its price point, swift, comfortable, and able to handle slippery roads."
All-Weather Wagon: Subaru Outback
"Quintessential New England/Yankee wagon. It's hard to beat the dependability of a Subaru."
All-Weather Sports Car: Audi S4
"Elegant all wheel drive with attitude."
All-Weather Pick-Up Truck: Chevrolet Silverado
"All wheel drive makes it a stand-out."
All-weather SUV over $35,000: Cadillac SRX
"An SUV that thinks it is a CTS. Great handling and ride.
Ultra-Luxury SUV: Range Rover Sport
"Even the sport has no equal off road. Fine four wheel drive.
Extreme All-Weather Vehicle: Bentley Continental GT-C
"When money is no object and you want to make statement in any weather."
New England Motor Press Yankee Value Award: Suzuki SX4
"Subaru needs to watch out. Plenty of features at a great price."
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