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2011 Nissan Quest

Nissan has re-entered the minivan segment this year with an all-new Quest. The last Quest left in 2009, victim of slow sales that Nissan blamed partly on its quirky design.

2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Crew Cab

For most of the last three decades, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., and part of its success comes from exterior and interior styling. The newest F-150 offers a modern, macho look regardless of body style — regular cab, extended cab or crew cab.

2012 Ford Focus hatchback

The 2012 Ford Focus is stylish inside and out without being overdone. Ford has got the styling of its new compact car, which is sold throughout the world, just about right, not quite as over the top as the new Hyundai Elantra, but edgier than the conservative Chevrolet Cruze.

2012 Audi A7

Audi is a leader of automotive design. This is displayed again with the new 2012 A7 fastback sedan that forces people to look is admiration when they first see it.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

The revolutionary Chevrolet Volt is an exercise in function over form. It is first and foremost an electric vehicle with hybrid leanings — gas engine generator — that is designed to get the most out of an electrical charge and a gallon of premium gas.

2011 Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera emerged from the freshman class as a true luxury sedan competitor, and in its second year is poised to give Porsche a big shot in its sales arm.

2011 Kia Optima

Talk about a turnaround. The mid-sized Kia Optima has gone from a middle-of-the-road nondescript sedan to a head-turner with a stylish interior and that is fun to drive while deriving 34 miles to the gallon on the highway.

2011 Chrysler 300

Chrysler has refreshed its flagship 300 sedan for the 2011 model year. And the changes are effective outside and inside.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze qualifies as the best compact sedan ever to wear the Chevrolet bowtie. The new sedan is well made with many quality touches.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Wagons have always been a worthy alternative to the sport utility crossovers with better handling and superior fuel economy, but with about the same space.