Which Mercedes-Benz vehicle won MotorTrend 2021 Car of the Year?
When it comes to yearly awards and accolades the automotive industry is rife with them, but few matter more than the trio of MotorTrend Vehicle of the Year awards. The MotorTrend Car of the Year award has been around since 1949, with Truck of the Year joining in 1979 and, finally, SUV of the Year in 1999. Mercedes-Benz has earned its fair share of the awards, with three SUV awards, a truck award and a trio of the now-defunct Import Car of the Year awards. But now, for the new model year, the automaker has finally earned its first official MotorTrend Car of the Year award, with the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class earning the title.
“The E-Class carries the stout imprimatur of old-school luxury, from the graining of the wood to the suppleness of the leather seats, to the consistency of design all around the exterior and interior. Yet it also carries the latest in automotive technology, be it in the realm of safety, assisted driving, or infotainment. There is something simply reassuring about sitting inside a whisper-quiet-yet-thunderous Mercedes-Benz.”
– Mark Rechtin, Editor-in-Chief, MotorTrend
How does a vehicle earn the award?
For the 2021 model year, MotorTrend looked at 18 completely new or significantly redesigned vehicles – including 30 variants – to determine which would stand atop the market as the newest Car of the Year. When evaluating the vehicles, MotorTrend judges look at six major criteria to determine the best vehicle of the year. Those criteria include safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of the intended function.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class certainly delivers on all of these fronts, but not only that – it does it across multiple different body styles. The E-Class beat out such vehicles as the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe, the Hyundai Sonata, the Nissan Sentra, the Porsche Taycan and even the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. If you’re interested in a new E-Class of your own, be sure to reach out to us right here at Mercedes-Benz of Hilton Head today!