Motor Trend magazine gives an annual Car of the Year award. To be eligible for the award, a car must be a new model introduced in a given model year, or given a fundamental redesign for that year. All vehicles are given the same battery of tests: standard car tests such as skid-pad ratings, acceleration and quarter-mile times, and evaluations of the interiors are combined with a track run conducted by SCCA-licensed testers and taking the cars out on normal roads to test their drivability under normal conditions and fuel economy. The trophy for the winner, a depiction of calipers, is well-known to Americans, and is often used in the winner's advertising post-victory.

  1. 1949 Cadillac Motor Division
  2. 1950 No award
  3. 1951 Chrysler Corporation
  4. 1952 Cadillac Motor Division
  5. 1953 No award
  6. 1954 No award
  7. 1955 Chevrolet Motor Division
  8. 1956 Ford Motor Company
  9. 1957 Chrysler Corporation
  10. 1958 Ford Thunderbird
  11. 1959 Pontiac Motor Division
  12. 1960 Chevrolet Corvair
  13. 1961 Pontiac Tempest
  14. 1962 Buick Special
  15. 1963 American MotorsRambler
  16. 1964 Ford Motor Company (Not for the Mustang)
  17. 1965 Pontiac Motor Division
  18. 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
  19. 1967 Mercury Cougar
  20. 1968 Pontiac GTO
  21. 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
  22. 1970 Ford Torino
  23. 1971 Chevrolet Vega
  24. 1972 Citro├źn SM
  25. 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  26. 1974 Ford Mustang II
  27. 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2
  28. 1976 Chrysler, Dodge Aspen / Plymouth Volare
  29. 1977 Chevrolet Caprice
  30. 1978 Chrysler, Dodge Omni / Plymouth Horizon
  31. 1979 Buick Riviera S
  32. 1980 Chevrolet Citation
  33. 1981 Chrysler K Cars, Dodge Aries / Plymouth Reliant
  34. 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
  35. 1983 AMC / Renault Alliance
  36. 1984 Chevrolet Corvette
  37. 1985 Volkswagen GTI
  38. 1986 Ford Taurus LX
  39. 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
  40. 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix
  41. 1989 Ford Thunderbird SC
  42. 1990 Lincoln Town Car
  43. 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ
  44. 1992 Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan
  45. 1993 Ford Probe GT
  46. 1994 Ford Mustang
  47. 1995 Chrysler Cirrus
  48. 1996 Dodge Caravan
  49. 1997 Chevrolet Malibu
  50. 1998 Chevrolet Corvette
  51. 1999 Chrysler 300M
  52. 2000 Lincoln LS
  53. 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
  54. 2002 Ford Thunderbird
  55. 2003 Infiniti G35
  56. 2004 Toyota Prius
  57. 2005 Chrysler 300C
  58. 2006 Honda Civic
  59. 2007 Toyota Camry