The best car, truck and SUV of the year

Nine judges made the choices for Motor Trend magazine.
Nine judges made the choices for Motor Trend magazine. –Courtesy of Motor Trend

At a live ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday hosted by comedian Adam Carolla, Motor Trend magazine announced the winners of its Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year Awards for 2016. (You can see a replay here.)

It was a good night for Chevrolet, which won two out of three categories. The third prize went to Volvo.

The winners were selected by nine Motor Trend judges and were graded based on the vehicle’s design, engineering, safety, efficiency, value, and “performance of intended function.’’

Motor Trend also announced the winner of its Person of the Year Award, which went to Thomas Doll, president and chief operating officer of Subaru of America, for transforming the Subaru brand “from a once-quirky car company to a now mainstream lifestyle choice.’’

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And the winners are…

Car of the Year Winner: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Motor Trendcalls the Camaro a “car built for driving enthusiasts.’’ —Photo courtesy of Motor Trend

The Camaro was among seven finalists that was put through hundreds of miles of testing. Motor Trend calls the Camaro a “car built for driving enthusiasts.’’ It features lots of impressive tech, including Apple CarPlay and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The newest generation of Camaro is also lighter than its previous incarnations, making it more fuel-efficient. It also has a range of engine options, including a turbocharged, 275-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a 335-hp V-6, or a 455-hp V-8.

“Our Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Camaro, is one of the finest driving vehicles in the world at any price,’’ said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Edward Loh in a statement. “Though its price is well within reach of the average consumer.’’

Loh may be right about that. The 2016 Camaro has a base MSRP of $25,700.

Truck of the Year Winner: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado has now won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award two years in a row. —Photo courtesy of Motor Trend

This is the second year in a row that the Chevrolet Colorado has won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award. The Colorado impressed judges by delivering a smooth, comfortable performance even when carrying hundreds of pounds of cargo.

The Colorado offers an optional 2.8-liter inline-four Duramax diesel that gives the truck best-in-class towing of 7,700 pounds. It has an impressive fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon highway, according to EPA figures.

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Motor Trend’s senior features editor Jason Cammisa praised the Colorado as he presented the award.

“Our truck of the year is not only stylish and capable on road and off, it recorded the highest fuel economy numbers we’ve ever seen, when equipped with its class-exclusive diesel engine,’’ said Cammisa.

SUV of the Year Winner: 2016 Volvo XC90

The highly-anticipated Volvo XC90 beat 16 contenders in the SUV field. —Photo courtesy of Motor Trend

Motor Trend points out that more vehicles were competing for the SUV of the Year prize than in the Car of the Year category.

The highly-anticipated Volvo XC90 impressed Motor Trend judges with its gasoline and hybrid chassis. The SUV also won over reviewers with its attractive exterior and interior design and its high-tech entertainment and safety features.

“The Volvo XC90 is one of the most handsome SUVs on the road,’’ said Jonny Lieberman, Motor Trend senior features editor, SUV of the Year judge, and presenter of the award. “And it’s as capable off road as it is a delight to drive on road; seven-passenger people movers aren’t supposed to drive like this.’’

Consumers get the most satisfaction when shopping for these vehicle brands, according to J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study:

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