2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Sports Car (over $100k)
Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Super Sports Car (over $100k)
After much debate and dissection, the judging team whittled the contender list down to three. No easy feat either, given the quality of the field at this end of the performance envelope.
2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Off-Road Vehicle
Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Off-Road Vehicle
And while these three contenders are all guilty as charged, they go about their own respective business in very different ways.
Ford’s Ranger Raptor is a high-performance four-wheel-drive ute, while Jeep has applied their time-honoured off-road chassis into their own new Gladiator ute. And Land Rover’s new Defender is the British off-road icon, completely reimagined through a modern lens.
2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Upper Large Luxury SUV
Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Upper Large Luxury SUV
It may not have the largest number of finalists, but everything else about the 2021 Drive Car of the Year Upper Large Luxury SUV segment is big!
Here we see flagship three-row, seven-seat SUVs from traditional rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz in a segment that is as much about driving manners both in town and on the open road, as it is about fit, finish and features.
Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Light SUV
Such is the proliferation of compact SUVs these days that official industry sales split them into two camps: Light SUV and Small SUV. And for 2021, Drive Car of the Year has done the same.
2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Medium-to-Large Car
Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Medium to Large Car
There’s still a lot to be said about a family sedan, especially one with electric assistance.
Australia’s Medium and large car decline has nothing to do with the quality of the cars in the segment. All three contenders stood up against themselves, and even reminded judges of the flaws that some trendy SUVs inherently have.