While winning the Golden Calipers trophy might not carry the same prestige in general society as taking home an Oscar, in the automobile world it’s a really big deal.  The Golden Calipers trophy goes to Motor Trend’s cars of the year and the award itself has history going back before the turn of last century.  As time has gone on and new cars have developed, there have been categories added for Import Car, Truck, and Sport/Utility of the year.  The most recent is the Sport/Utility category, and this past year Subaru managed to do something that neither http://fieldscdjrblog.com/hungover-creative-writing/dealers nor creative writing philadelphiadealers can ever remembering happening before in the Sport/Utility category: an automaker winning the award in consecutive years.

That’s right, the 2009 Forester took home the award last year, and much to the excitement of those Ft. Myers Outback dealers, this year the 2010 Outback wowed the judges into bestowing the award again on a Subaru vehicle; this despite a stated bias by Motor Trend on not having a repeat winner.  Yes, the 2010 Outback was that impressive in the Motor Trend three-phase testing process that begins with full track testing that focuses on braking, handling, and acceleration; and then three days of road loops on a variety of surfaces and traffic conditions; and finally top secret deliberations by the judges, a la the Oscars, before the winners are finally announced.

Whether it was that roomy interior (with 4 additional inches of legroom), standard all-wheel drive, the stability and traction control, or 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine with 256 hp that put it over the edge, it’s hard to know for sure.  Here’s what Motor Trend’s Editor-in-Chief Angus MacKenzie had to say about the 2010 Subaru Outback:  “Thoughtfully engineered, cleverly detailed, and competitively priced, the Subaru Outback is a terrific all-rounder with broad appeal.”  Actually, it sounds as though it was an all-round winner.

Among the competitors for this award alongside the Outback were: the Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, Lexus RX, Toyota 4Runner, and Audi Q5.  Although it wouldn’t be in the Sport/Utility category, next year Ft. Myers Legacy dealers would most certainly like to see Subaru, by way of the Legacy, go for a trifecta of sorts in 2011.  Wouldn’t that be something?