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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 - MotorWeek's 2012 Drivers' Choice Best of the Year

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012;A thoroughly modern muscle car that remains true to its legendary heritage, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 roars past the competition, capturing MotorWeek's "Best of the Year" 2012 Drivers' Choice Award. MotorWeek, television's longest running automotive series, has presented its Drivers' Choice Awards annually since 1983. The awards are among the auto industry's most prestigious honors and are announced at the Chicago Auto Show.  The Mustang Boss 302 took top honors for preserving its pony car roots, while delivering exceptional performance, power and comfort.

"We are honored to receive this award for the Boss 302," said Dave Pericak, Mustang Chief Engineer. "Our goal was to pay homage to the heritage of this vehicle while transforming it into a world-class sports car recognized for its handling and track capabilities. It's a fun job and I attribute the product's success to the Mustang enthusiasts and fans who help us improve with each and every model."

"We here at MotorWeek  were left almost speechless that this rear-drive American muscle car is so extremely refined and works so seamlessly with the driver," said MotorWeek host and executive producer John Davis. "The Mustang Boss 302 is the best example this year of a car where all aspects of engineering come together. As a total package, the Mustang Boss 302 is just an outstanding ride."

Recognized as the best overall among winners in 14 lifestyle categories, the Mustang Boss 302 also won as "Best Performance Car." All Drivers' Choice winners are featured on, as well as on a special episode of MotorWeek airing on PBS beginning February 11, 2012, and on cable's Velocity beginning February 21, 2012. MotorWeek's Drivers' Choice Awards are nationally sponsored by RockAuto and Tire Rack.

The MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards are unique for their consumer focus.  MotorWeek's editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks and utilities based on performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value.

2012 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award Winners:

1. Best of the Year 

Ford Mustang Boss 302

2. Best Subcompact Car 

Kia Rio


Hyundai Accent

3. Best Compact Car 

Subaru Impreza

4. Best Family Sedan 

Hyundai Sonata


Kia Optima

5. Best Minivan 

Honda Odyssey

6. Best Convertible 

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

7. Best Luxury Sedan  

Infiniti M

8. Best Sport Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

9. Best Sport Coupe 

Cadillac CTS Coupe

10. Best Performance Car  

Ford Mustang Boss 302

11. Best Small Utility 

Mazda CX-5

12. Best Large Utility  

Jeep Grand Cherokee


Dodge Durango

13. B est Pickup Truck

Ford F-150

14. Best Eco-Friendly

Toyota Prius Family

15. Best Dream Machine

Ferrari 458 Italia


Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


Porsche 911

Now in its 31st season, MotorWeek is one of the nation's leading sources for automotive reviews and DIY car care advice. Produced by Maryland Public Television, MotorWeek airs on PBS, Velocity and V-me Spanish-language network.

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