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2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contenders and Finalists

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 30: Fortunately, despite all of the sober, left-brain reasons people give when buying a car, the truth is that an automobile is still an emotional purchase. This fact guarantees that carmakers will go after the hearts of their customers as surely as they will their minds. Look at this year's crop. From the diminutive Honda Fit, to the electric BMW i3, to the Italian swagger of the Maserati Ghibli, to the all-American new Ford Mustang, these cars were designed to make humans smile. What other reason could there be for the Kia Sedona having the sexiest interior in the test?

2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contenders and Finalists

Of the year. It's easy to overlook that part. Car of the Year is not Car We Like the Most, regardless of context. Otherwise we'd still be talking about the Acura NSX. Rather, Car of the Year is a critical examination of where the automotive industry is at a given point in time. The big question, of course, is what new or significantly refreshed car is the winner? To answer it, we must consider the year. Remember, new cars showing up in 2015 were initially planned in 2010, at the tail end of the Great Recession. One might think this would portend boring cars.

Fortunately, despite all of the sober, left-brain reasons people give when buying a car, the truth is that an automobile is still an emotional purchase. This fact guarantees that carmakers will go after the hearts of their customers as surely as they will their minds. Look at this year's crop. From the diminutive Honda Fit, to the electric BMW i3, to the Italian swagger of the Maserati Ghibli, to the all-American new Ford Mustang, these cars were designed to make humans smile. What other reason could there be for the Kia Sedona having the sexiest interior in the test?

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