December 10, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. — Kelley Blue Book announced the winner of its 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle award, and receiving the accolade was the Ford F-150, which was honored for the second time. Since the award started in 2004, Ford models have taken it three times. Meanwhile, Chevrolet's Silverado and Malibu won in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and the Honda Civic received honors in 2006. "The all-new 2009 Ford F-150 doesn't just haul and tow more, it also does it better than its best competitors while still being comfortable and quiet on the highway and easy around town," commented Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and Kbb.com. "The multitude of options available on the new F-150, from three cab styles, four box options, seven trim levels, three V8 engine choices, combined with cool features like a SYNC/Sirius/Sony infotainment suite and integral tailgate step, helps to crown it our 2009 Kelley Blue Book Best Redesigned Vehicle," he continued. The Best Redesigned Vehicle award is designed to honor "improvement and superiority" in a specific model compared to its predecessor. Editors evaluated candidates for exterior and interior styling, technology, comfort and convenience features, performance/capability, driving dynamics, safety, fuel economy, overall refinement and value. In addition to the F-150, other finalists included the Acura TL, Acura TSX, Audi A4, Dodge Ram, Honda Fit, Mazda6, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano and Subaru Forester. "We were so impressed with the 2009 Ford F-150, we'd go so far as to say it isn't just a great truck, it's a step forward for what a vehicle can be," Nerad added. "Imagine a truck that can help you keep track of your tools and keep you aware of where your employees are, and you can see that the new F-150 brings with it world-class innovation." The complete list of Best Redesigned Vehicles since 2004 is as follows: 2009: Ford F-150 2008: Chevrolet Malibu 2007: Chevrolet Silverado 2006: Honda Civic 2005: Ford Mustang 2004: Ford F-150 "Each year, redesigned vehicle models improve with more standard features and exciting options, giving consumers great choices when it comes to shopping for a new car," Nerad pointed out. "These days, it's tough to find a new vehicle in any category or price-point that isn't up to par, so choosing a vehicle as the year's Best Redesign is a great challenge," he concluded.