Posted: 04/19/07 10:16 AM
2007 Best Reddesigned Vehicles According to Kelly Blue Book
At the beginning of each model year, the editorial staff at Kelley Blue Book takes a look at the latest crop of redesigned vehicles and selects one as that year's Best Redesigned Vehicle. Vehicle models that qualify for consideration for this honor include all those nameplates that were available prior to 2007 but have been updated with all-new exterior and interior designs. Most frequently these redesigns also include a newly engineered body structure and a new or significantly revised engines and transmissions.
After identifying those vehicles that fit all the qualifying criteria — more than 40 for the 2007 model year — we then narrow the list to 10 on our way to picking the one vehicle we think demonstrates the biggest improvement relative to its predecessor and its competitors. Factoring into our decision are exterior and interior styling, comfort and convenience features, performance/capability, driving dynamics, safety, fuel economy, overall refinement and value. We also take into consideration the market significance of each vehicle, based on measures like unit sales volume and visibility.
After carefully taking into account all those factors, this year the winner of the Kelley Blue Book kbb.com Best Redesigned Vehicle award is the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.
The Silverado impresses immediately with clean, contemporary exterior styling and two equally smart-looking passenger cabin options. In addition to a more traditional pickup interior, the Silverado is available with a plusher "luxury-inspired" interior also found in GM's new full-size SUVs.
Where the 2007 Silverado solidifies its case for Best Redesigned Vehicle, however, is on the road and the trail. Notably improved steering, braking, ride comfort, handling and power delivery combine in a vehicle that's infinitely more satisfying in town and on the highway. Combined with the segment's highest available towing capacity and horsepower, as well as its best available fuel economy, we think Chevy's newest pickup is poised to make quite an impact in this era of tougher and more luxurious trucks.
Here in alphabetical order are the other Suv's and Truck's that made our short list of Best Redesigned Vehicle finalists:
The Cadillac version of GM's triumvirate of full-size SUVs features all the goodness of its Tahoe and Yukon brothers plus a hefty dose of in-your-face styling and a truckload of luxury features.
Based on the same architecture that helped catapult the Silverado pickup to the top of this year's Best Redesigned Vehicle list, the all-new Tahoe has been improved by almost every conceivable measure — and drastically so.
While the Chevy takes home top honors in this competition, GMC's version of GM's new pickup is every bit as good as its more popular sibling. The difference? Mostly in market significance, since the Chevy is the bigger seller.
With a base model priced similarly to the Chevy Tahoe's and a distinctive Denali model that can approach Cadillac Escalade in luxury and style when fully loaded, the Yukon is GM's most multi-faceted full-size SUV.
Posted: 05/02/07 07:31 PM
Very worthy of the award. Love how the GMT-900s look.