For the last 13 years, journalists from across the Northwest have gathered in Oregon for the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s annual Run to the Sun.
Originally designed for manufacturers to showcase their latest convertibles, the event has evolved as lineups have changed.
Today, sedans and even SUVs can offer the kind of performance thrills that were formerly only found in conventional coupes — and the automotive world is far richer for it.
Fortunately, despite the fact that it was the 13th running of the event, the 2019 Run to the Sun turned out to be a lucky one indeed. Two dozen automakers brought cars up to Oregon, and the assembled journalists spent a few days driving them across some of the best roads this spectacular region has to offer. Needless to say, it was a complete blast.
The vehicles were divided into four categories: Convertible, Performance Coupe, Performance Sedan, and Performance SUV. In addition to winners in each category, an overall winner was decided by anonymous vote. This year, the king of the mountain was the outstanding Mercedes-AMG GT 63 Four Door. Head here to read our post on this amazing example of German automotive excellence.
The full list of participating vehicles is below — make sure to follow the link to read all about the winners in each category!
2019 Fiat 124 Spyder Abarth
2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4
2019 Polaris Slingshot
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
2019 Dodge Challenger R/T SCAT PAK Widebody
2019 Hyundai Veloster N
2020 Lexus RCF Track Edition
2020 Nissan 370Z Special 50th Anniversary Edition
2019 Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge
2019 Genesis G70
2019 Honda Civic Type R
2019 KIA Stinger GTS
2020 Subaru Legacy XT
2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary Edition
2020 Acura RDX A-Spec
2019 Ford Explorer ST
2019 Mercedes-AMG G63
2019 Mini Countryman JCW
2020 Volvo XC90 T8
NWAPA (www.nwapa.org) is a professional organization of automotive journalists and media members from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada. Founded in 1991, NWAPA includes 54 voting members representing more than 700 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups, and the internet. Members of the organization have been testing SUVs and crossovers since the advent of the modern sport-utility vehicle in the mid-1990s. Non-voting NWAPA members include representatives from automotive manufacturers and related industry professionals.