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Land Rover Defender is Women’s World Car of the Year

50 women motoring journalists from 38 countries select winners in 9 categories


A panel of 50 women who work as motoring journalists in 38 nations on 5 continents have selected the Land Rover Defender as the Women’s World Car of the Year for 2021; it was announced March 8 as part of the International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

“The Women’s World Car of the Year is the only jury in the world made up entirely of women motoring journalists,” executive president Marta Garcia is quoted in the announcement. “This gives it enormous value because its decisions represent the liking and preferences of millions of women drivers around the globe.

“But cars have no gender,” she continued, “and are not subject to stereotypes so the winners of these awards are, quite simply, the best cars in the world.”

The voting was done in three stages and focused on vehicles launched during 2020. Aspects such as safety, performance, comfort, technology and value for money were considered, according to the news release.

The first round of voting determined the top 3 finalists in each of 9 categories. The second round picked the best vehicle in each of those categories. The third round selected one of those 9 as car of the year.

The 9 finalists and their categories including the winning Defender, were:

Peugeot 208. Best Urban Car

Skoda Octavia. Best Family Car

Lexus LC 500 Cabrio. Best Luxury Car

Ferrari F8 Spider. Best Performance Car

Peugeot 2008. Best Urban SUV

Land Rover Defender. Best Medium SUV

Kia Sorento. Best Large SUV

Ford F-150. Best 4×4 & Pickup

Honda e. Best EV

For more information, including a list of those voting, see the Women’s World Car of the Year website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Why are people so crazy about Land/Range Rovers? They consistently have poor reliability. To me, as far as design, they look like they copied Ford products (such as Explorer).


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