Another enthusiast vehicle that makes a lasting impression is the Ford F-150 Raptor, a go-anywhere-do-anything-at-high-speed off-roader that also leverages the latest iteration of the automaker’s excellent Sync 3 connectivity system.

Like the Durango, the F-150 Raptor is a vehicle of many purposes, able to conquer the most treacherous rocky grades, then change gears for a leisurely ride home with adaptive cruise control doing much of the work. Four USB ports – two in front and two in the second row – as well as two 110V plugs ensure plenty of juice for devices.

At startup, a turquoise “Raptor” logo atop a swirling image of the vehicle’s honeycomb grille fills the central display screen, and the familiar “Built Ford Tough” animation appears in the digital gauge cluster to reinforce the Raptor’s F-150 lineage.

WardsAuto judges find many reasons to love the Raptor, from the fast response to voice commands and big knobs befitting a big truck to the easy-to-use navigation system and assertive and reliable lane-keeping assistant. As one editor says, the building blocks for an autonomous or semi-autonomous pickup truck and off-road vehicle are here.

The Honda Odyssey has been a worthy contender in the minivan sector for years, and now the fifth-generation version has arrived with enough family-friendly features to lure away shoppers who were considering a utility vehicle instead.

Where do we start? With the Blu-Ray/DVD rear entertainment system with wireless headphones, the Magic Slide second-row seats, the wireless phone charger, the handy HondaVAC to vacuum up spills, the hands-free power liftgate, the competent driver-assistance features or the 11-speaker premium audio system that can create a playlist from songs on every person’s smartphone in the vehicle?

Families on the go know an SUV or CUV can’t match the minivan’s airy and open floorplan and sliding-door flexibility. The 7-passenger Odyssey carries forward those attributes with a stylishly arrayed command center with vehicle and climate controls, a push-button transmission, an easy-to-navigate touchscreen and all-important volume knob.

Let’s not overlook the Voice of God “Cabin Talk” microphone letting the driver speak to little ones in the second and third rows or the “Cabin Watch” video camera to see what they’re up to.

Ford was the only automaker with two 10 Best UX winners this year, the F-150 Raptor and the all-new Lincoln Continental, a new flagship sedan that promises good things from the luxury brand.

Similar to FCA’s Uconnect system, Ford successfully tweaks its intelligent Sync 3 connectivity architecture in the winning F-150 Raptor (and lots of other Ford vehicles) to provide the brainpower of an advanced infotainment system in the Continental that, based on the switchgear, type fonts and generously proportioned display screens, presents itself as something completely new and groundbreaking from Dearborn.

The Continental won a 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy for its lavish and supple cabin, 30-way adjustable massaging seats and astonishing 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system. Those factors play a part in the user experience, but the Continental’s core interface with the driver is top-notch for its processing speed, driver-assistance features, voice controls and brightly colored, reconfigurable head-up display.

We like a little sizzle in our UX evaluations, and the Continental delivers it with a startup sequence that has the word “Continental” materializing from what appears to be a meteor shower.