by Robert Spinello (vegabob)
The Chevrolet Vega was named Motor Trend Magazine's 1971 Car of the Year. The fact that it beat (all new) models for '71 like- Ford Mustang, Ford Pinto, Chevy Camaro, Olds Toronado, and others, means Motor Trend thought the Vega was the Best New Car "for the times" they did like the styling, selection of models, and options which the Pinto and imports didn't offer. they said- "For the money, no other American car can offer more." In 1971, Car & driver Reader's Choice Poll awarded Vega Best Economy Sedan. In 1972, Car & Driver Reader's Choice Poll awarded Vega Best Economy Sedan. In 1973, Car & Driver Readers Choice Poll awarded Vega Best Economy Sedan. Vega GT was in top 5 in Car & Driver Readers Choice Poll from 1971-1973 in "best super coupe" class. In 1973, Motor Trend awarded Vega GT Economy Car of the Year. All car of the year finalists were in their respective classes. in '73, Vega won its class...'73 Chevrolet Monte Carlo won full title of Car of the year. They said (of Vega) "this time Chevy won the guessing game. Vega was judged warm and comfortable, with a good finish." Motor trend also named Vega one of the top 10 selling cars in 1974. In 1975, Vega was chosen, by Motor Trend, as one of the top 10 cars to own in a gas crisis. In 1975, a Motor Trend "Super Vega" project car was fitted with aftermarket "bolt on's" such as spoilers, water injection, quench cylinder head....MT got OVER 50 MPG with this Vega sedan! In 1975, the Chevrolet Monza 2+2 was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year. In the early 70's, Popular Mechinics awarded Vega- easiest car to service.