With the 2013 North American International Auto Show behind us–better known as the Detroit auto show–it’s time once again for us to pick the best and worst of the show. We call them Studs and Duds, and the rules are simple. To be considered a Stud, a car needs to wow us, change the game, make a splash, or exceed our expectations by a mile. It doesn’t have to be the biggest, baddest, flashiest, most powerful, or most expensive. It just has to make us sit back, put our hands on our chins and say “Wow.”

A Dud, on the other hand, pretty much does the opposite. It’s a vehicle that doesn’t reach far enough, doesn’t meet our expectations, or is instantly an also-ran in its market segment. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad car necessarily, and sometimes a Dud turns into a Stud once we have a chance to drive it. But first impressions count, and if things start out badly, it makes the uphill climb that much steeper.

With that said, let’s start off on a positive note, and share our Studs of the show: