Enthusiasts at heart, Car of the Year jurors like to flaunt their inner boy racer by giving a boost to sports cars. The Chevrolet Corvette was a winner in 1998, and both the Pontiac Solstice and Nissan 350Z were voted finalists in the past. The Subaru and the Scion have received glowing reviews, but since they were jointly developed and are essentially the same car under the skin, they will likely split the vote.
Odds of winning: 6-1
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