Kia, Honda, Mazda big winners in Drivers’ Choice best of 2018 awards

Most car shoppers don’t buy a sport sedan.

Instead, they opt for something “practical,” such as a family sedan, crossover or SUV.

But if you are looking at sport sedans, MotorWeek TV magazine thinks the Kia Stinger is your best bet, naming it the Drivers’ Choice Awards “Best of the Year” winner for 2018.

The under-$33,000 sports car was one of 17 segment winners announced at the Chicago Auto Show, with Honda winning three segments and Mazda winning two.

“Dynamic in both design and quality, the Stinger is a superlative example of how to successfully break into the established European sport sedan market – no easy task,” said MW creator and host John Davis. “But the Stinger proves it has what it takes.”

“The Kia Stinger luxury sport sedan aimed itself squarely at the compact European sport sedan segment – and with its design team based in Germany, there is little doubt that it earned its style points alongside traditional luxury-performance brands while looking very different from other cars in the Kia stable,” according to the automotive magazine’s awards announcement.

“Our annual Drivers’ Choice Awards look at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view. We are aware of trends and innovations, and they play a large part in our selection process,” said Davis.  “We also understand that consumers want value and reliability …”

The Drivers’ Choice Awards criteria also include price, practicality, performance and fuel efficiency.

Other Drivers’ Choice award winners by category are:


Small – Honda Civic

Family sedan – Honda Accord

Convertible – Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Luxury sedan – BMW 5 Series

Sport coupe – Lexus LC 500

Performance – Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Dream Machine – Aston Martin DB11, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Mercedes-Benz G550 4X4-squared

Eco-friendly – Chevrolet Bolt EV


Small utility – Mazda CX-5

Large utility – Volkswagen Atlas

Luxury utility – Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Pickup truck – Ford F-150

Minivan – Honda Odyssey

This was the third consecutive year the Civic won the Best Small Car award, while the Bolt EV was recognized as Best Eco-Friendly vehicle for the second consecutive year.

More details on the category winners are available at

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