Hey guys and gals...it's that time of year again.

What time of year is it?  Award time, of course.

Chevy Spark EV

Chevy Spark EV

In the automotive kingdom that is, awards are handed out by most major media outlets on an annual basis, usually towards the end of a calendar year.

This award, for 2013 "Tech Car of the Year," is presented by CNET.

The nominees are:

  • 2014 Acura MDX - Not a plug-in, hence the strikethrough
  • 2014 Chevy Spark EV
  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid - No mention of Energi model by CNET, so this one doesn't plug-in either
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 - Doesn't plug in
  • 2012 Tesla Model S
Inclusion on this list requires the following, according to CNET:

"As the end of the year closes in, the Car Tech staff takes a look back at the cars we have reviewed, challenged with the task of determining the best tech cars available. As the preliminary stage in coming up with the Tech Car of the Year for 2013, we picked out five nominees from a year's worth of reviews. To qualify as a Tech Car of the Year nominee, we had to have given each car a full review, with plenty of drive time and exploration of cabin tech features."

"One trend that stood out for us this year was autonomous driving. No production car currently allows fully autonomous driving, but many show driver assistance features leading in that direction. We also looked to connected tech in the cabin, a big consideration in previous years, and general excellence in cabin electronics. Drive systems, from the engine bay to transmission and suspension, also came under consideration."

Unlike most awards, your vote counts.  So, follow this link to place your vote.  Currently, the Tesla Model S leads in votes, though CNET editors have some votes to cast, too.

The winner will be announced by CNET on December 18.  The Tesla Model S won the award in 2012.

Source: CNET