Those models were: the 2017 Acura NSX, 2017 BMW M2, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport, 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S, and 2017 Volvo S90. The annual Automobile All-Stars awards don’t observe specific vehicle categories or price caps, making the criteria perhaps more subjective than in a typical comparison test.
The Ford Focus RS is, of course, essentially the same this year as it was for 2016, but it was left out of the 2016 awards competition, likely due to its late US launch date.
It’s hard to fathom why the Ford Focus RS would be passed up by the staff of Automobile Magazine; indeed, it’s nearly impossible to find a review that isn’t positively giddy about the 350-horsepower, AWD hot hatch. But if we had to hazard a guess, we’d say Ford’s pint-sized road rocket was probably nudged out by the Honda Civic Sport – Japan’s latest 180-horsepower, front-wheel-drive sporty compact.