Subaru BRZ
2013 Subaru BRZ

The 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ have been named joint-winners of Cars.com’s highest honor, “Best of 2013.”

Announced at Cars.com’s annual awards show during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the winners represent the first vehicles co-developed by two automakers to share the top honor. More than 1,000 auto industry executives and personnel attended the celebration at the Fillmore Theater, which included special performances by Grammy Award-nominated artists Counting Crows and Fun.

“Nearly identical inside and out, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ sports cars provide a driving experience that is second to none,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s Editor-in-Chief. “The FR-S and BRZ’s impressive driving ability at a remarkably affordable price made these two sports cars stand out above the other nominees.”

Scion FR-S
2013 Scion FR-S

Other nominees for the Best Of 2013 award included the BMW 3 Series sedan, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Ram 1500 and the Toyota Prius c.

“This year, our team of experts drove and evaluated dozens of 2013 models, and the competition was steep,” said Olsen. “We test a wide array of cars that meet the needs of all different lifestyles and needs, and our group of nominees reflect that diversity. Car shoppers can be assured that all of the nominees have our seal of approval.”

In addition to the “Best Of 2013” Award, Cars.com announced the winner of its “Shoppers’ Choice” Award, the 2013 Dodge Challenger.

Dodge Challenger
2013 Dodge Challenger

Finalists were selected based on new car shoppers’ actions taken on the site, including searching through car listings, filling out consumer reviews and contacting dealers. Chosen as winner through fan voting on the Cars.com Facebook page, the Challenger nudged out nine other models to win the award for the second year in a row.

“The competition was incredibly close, with just a few votes separating the top cars,” said Olsen. “All of the finalists were great cars, and are clearly favorites of many shoppers. Research indicates that shoppers value awards given by their peers, and this diverse list of cars offers great options for any car shopper.”

For more information on all of Cars.com’s awards, visit Cars.com/awards.

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