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Car and Driver 10Best is a list annually produced by Car and Driver (C/D), nominating what it considers the ten best cars of the year. C/D also produces the 5Best list, highlighting what it considers the five best trucks of the year.

All production vehicles for sale in that calendar year are considered with these recent restrictions:

  1. The vehicle must be on sale by January
  2. It must be priced below 2.5 times the average price of a car that year
  3. The manufacturer must provide an example for testing
  4. Only substantially changed or new vehicles and the past year's 10 best winners are nominated

The magazine sometimes selects a specific trim and other times a whole family of vehicles.

Contents

Top Ten MarquesEdit

From 1983 through 2008, the following marques were represented on the list the most times, including both the car and truck.

Rank Marque Number of wins
1 Honda 75
2 Toyota 27
3 BMW 25
4 Mazda 24
5 Chevrolet 22
6 Acura 16
7 Porsche 16
7 Nissan 15
7 Audi 15
10 Chrysler 13

Top ModelsEdit

From the start of the 10Best in 1983 through 2019, the following models were represented on the 10Best lists the most years.

Rank Model Number of wins
1 Honda Accord 33
2 BMW 3 Series 23
3 Chevrolet Corvette 20
3 Porsche Boxster / Cayman 20
5 Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
6 Volkswagen GTI / Golf 16
7 Ford Mustang 12
8 Audi 5000 / A6 10
8 Honda Prelude 10
10 Acura Integra and RSX 8
10 Cadillac CTS 8
10 Honda Civic 8
10 Mazda RX-7 / RX-8 8
10 Nissan 300ZX / 350Z 8
15 Ford Focus 7
15 Ford Taurus 7
15 Honda Fit 7
15 Mazda 3 7

1983Edit

For the 1980s, Car and Driver picked four domestic and six import cars.

Model Times on List
AMC Alliance 1
Chevrolet Caprice Classic 1
Ford Mustang GT 5.0 12
Honda Accord 33
Mazda RX-7 8
Mercedes-Benz 380SEL 1
Pontiac 6000 STE 3
Porsche 944 4
Renault Alliance 1
Toyota Supra Celica Supra 2
Volkswagen GTI Rabbit 16

Fastest car tested: Jaguar XJ-S HE, 142 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
  2. Ford Escort
  3. Ford LTD

1984Edit

Instituted the price cap at $30,000.

Model Times on List
Audi 5000 S/Turbo 5
Dodge Daytona Turbo 1
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 33
Mazda 626 4
Pontiac Fiero 2M4 1
Pontiac 6000 STE 3
Porsche 944 4
Toyota Supra Celica Supra 2
Volkswagen GTI Rabbit 16

Fastest car tested: Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole, 144 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Chevrolet Cavalier
  2. Ford Escort
  3. Ford LTD

1985Edit

Price cap: $30,000

Model Times on List
Audi 5000 S/Turbo 5
Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 4
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Dodge Caravan 3
Honda CRX 2
Honda Civic 8
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 33
Merkur XR4Ti 1
Plymouth Voyager 3
Pontiac 6000 STE 3
Porsche 944 4

Fastest car tested: Chevrolet Corvette, 150 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Chevrolet Cavalier
  2. Ford Escort
  3. Chevrolet Celebrity

1986Edit

Price cap: $30,000

Model Times on List
Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro 5
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 33
Lincoln Mark VII LSC 1
Mercury Sable 3
Porsche 944 Turbo 4
Saab 9000 Turbo 4
Toyota MR2 2
Volkswagen GTI 16

Fastest car tested: Porsche 944 Turbo, 157 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Chevrolet Celebrity
  2. Ford Escort
  3. Chevrolet Cavalier

1987Edit

Price cap: $30,000

Model Times on List
Acura Integra 6
Audi 5000 CS Turbo 5
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Ford Mustang GT 12
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Accord 33
Mazda RX-7 Turbo 8
Pontiac Bonneville SE 1
Saab 9000 Turbo 4
Toyota MR2 2

Fastest car tested: Ferrari Testarossa, 176 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford Escort
  2. Ford Taurus
  3. Chevrolet Cavalier

1988Edit

Price cap: $35,000

Model Times on List
Acura Legend Coupe 3
Acura Integra 6
Audi 5000 5
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Ford Mustang 5.0 12
Ford Taurus 7
Honda CRX 2
Honda Civic 8
Honda Accord 33
Saab 9000 Turbo 4

Fastest car tested: Ferrari Testarossa, 173 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford Escort
  2. Chevrolet Corsica/Beretta
  3. Ford Taurus

1989Edit

Imports and domestics chosen by marque, not by place of manufacture.

Price cap: $35,000

Model Times on List
Acura Legend Coupe 3
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Dodge Colt Turbo 1
Ford Probe GT 3
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Civic 8
Honda Accord 33
Lincoln Continental 1
Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo 1
Mitsubishi Eclipse Turbo 4
Plymouth Laser Turbo 4
Saab 9000 Turbo 4

Fastest car tested: 750iL V12, 158 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Ford Taurus
  3. Ford Escort

1990Edit

Eliminated half domestic/half import rule as impractical.

Price cap: $35,000

Model Times on List
Acura Legend Coupe 3
Eagle Talon Turbo 3
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Civic 8
Honda Accord 33
Lexus LS 1
Mazda MPV 2
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Mercury Sable 3
Mitsubishi Eclipse Turbo 4
Nissan Maxima SE 3
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7
Plymouth Laser Turbo 4

Fastest car tested: Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 175 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Ford Taurus
  3. Chevrolet Cavalier

1991Edit

New rule: No more than two places per marque.

Price cap: $35,000

Model Times on List
Eagle Talon Turbo 3
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Civic 8
Honda Accord 33
Mazda MPV V6 2
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Mercury Tracer LTS 1
Mercury Sable 3
Mitsubishi Eclipse Turbo 4
Nissan Sentra SE-R 4
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7
Plymouth Laser Turbo 4
Toyota Previa 1

Fastest car tested: Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 176 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Ford Taurus
  3. Toyota Camry

1992Edit

Price cap: $40,000

Model Times on List
BMW 3 Series 325i 23
Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan 1
Eagle Talon AWD Turbo 3
Ford Taurus SHO 7
Honda Prelude Si 10
Lexus SC SC400 4
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Mitsubishi Eclipse AWD Turbo 4
Nissan Sentra SE-R 4
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7
Plymouth Laser AWD Turbo 4
Toyota Camry V6 3

Fastest car tested: Ferrari F40, 197 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford Taurus
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Toyota Camry

1993Edit

Price cap: $40,000

Model Times on List
BMW 3 Series 325i 23
Chrysler Concorde 2
Dodge Intrepid 4
Ford Probe GT 3
Honda Prelude Si VTEC 10
Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 1
Lexus SC 4
Mazda RX-7 8
Nissan Sentra SE-R 4
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7
Toyota Camry Sedans 3

Fastest car tested: Lamborghini Diablo, 204 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford Taurus
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Toyota Camry

1994Edit

Institution of the 2.5x price cap, now at $43,000.

Model Times on List
Acura Integra GS-R 6
BMW 3 Series 325i/325is 23
Chrysler Concorde 2
Dodge Intrepid 4
Eagle Vision 1
Ford Probe GT 3
Honda Prelude VTEC 10
Honda Accord EX 33
Lexus SC 4
Mazda RX-7 8
Nissan Sentra SE-R 4
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7

Fastest car tested: Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 179 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford Taurus
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Ford Escort

1995Edit

Price cap: $46,000.

Model Times on List
Acura Integra GS-R 6
BMW 3 Series 328i/M3 23
Chrysler Cirrus LXi 3
Ford Contour 3
Honda Prelude VTEC 10
Honda Accord 33
Lexus SC 4
Mazda RX-7 8
Mercury Mystique 3
Nissan Maxima SE 3
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7

Fastest car tested: Lamborghini Diablo VT, 185 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford Taurus
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Toyota Camry

1996Edit

1997Edit

1998Edit

Price cap: $55,000

Model Times on List
Audi A4 6
BMW 5 Series 6
BMW 3 Series 328i/M3 23
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Dodge Intrepid 4
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 33
Lexus GS 3
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Porsche Boxster 20

Fastest car tested: Ferrari F50, 194 mph

Top-selling cars:

  1. Toyota Camry
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Ford Taurus

1999Edit

Price cap: $59,000

Model Times on List
BMW Z3 M Coupe/M Roadster 1
BMW 5 Series 6
BMW 3 Series 328i/M3 23
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Chrysler 300M 5
Dodge Intrepid 4
Honda Accord 33
Lexus GS 3
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Porsche Boxster 20

Top-selling cars:

  1. Toyota Camry
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Ford Taurus

2000Edit

2001Edit

For 2001, Car and Driver created a separate "Five Best Trucks" award with a single winner in each of five categories.

Top-selling vehicles:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ford Explorer

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $62,000

Model Times on List
Audi A6 2.7T/A6 4.2 5
BMW 5 Series 6
Audi TT 2
BMW 3 Series 23
Chrysler PT Cruiser 1
Ford Focus 7
Honda Accord 33
Honda S2000 4
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Porsche Boxster 20

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Toyota Highlander 1
Luxury SUV Acura MDX 1
Pickup Truck Chevrolet Silverado 5
Small SUV Ford Escape 1
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2002Edit

Top-selling cars:

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Toyota Camry

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $66,000

Model Times on List
Acura RSX 2
Audi A4 6
BMW 3 Series M3 23
BMW 5 Series 6
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Ford Focus 7
Honda Accord 33
Honda S2000 4
Porsche Boxster 20
Subaru Impreza WRX 2

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Honda Pilot 6
Luxury SUV Land Rover Range Rover 1
Pickup Truck Chevrolet Silverado 5
Small SUV Honda CR-V 2
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2003Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $66,000

Model Times on List
Acura RSX 2
BMW 3 Series M3 23
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Ford Focus 7
Honda Accord 33
Infiniti G35 4
Mazda 6 s 4
Nissan 350Z 1
Porsche Boxster 20
Subaru Impreza WRX 2

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Honda Pilot 6
Luxury SUV Volkswagen Touareg 1
Pickup Truck Chevrolet Silverado 5
Small SUV Honda CR-V 2
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2004Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $69,000

Model Times on List
Acura TSX 3
Audi S4 Quattro 6
BMW 3 Series M3 23
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Ford Focus 7
Honda Accord 33
Honda S2000 4
Infiniti G35 4
Mazda RX-8 3
Toyota Prius 1

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Honda Pilot 6
Luxury SUV Cadillac SRX 3
Pickup Truck Ford F-Series 3
Small SUV Subaru Forester 3
Van Toyota Sienna 1

2005Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $70,000

For 2005 and 2006, the magazine named one winner in each category.

Title Model Times on List
Family Sedan Honda Accord 33
Full Size Sedan Chrysler 300C 5
Luxury Sedan Acura RL 1
Luxury Sports Car Mercedes-Benz SLK 2
Luxury Sports Sedan BMW 3 Series M3 23
Muscle Car Ford Mustang GT 12
Performance Car Chevrolet Corvette 20
Sports Coupe Mazda RX-8 3
Sports Sedan Acura TSX 3
Wagon Dodge Magnum 1

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Honda Pilot 6
Luxury SUV Cadillac SRX 3
Pickup Truck Ford F-Series 3
Small SUV Subaru Forester 3
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2006Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $70,000


Model Times on List
Acura TSX 3
Audi A3 2.0T 1
BMW 3 Series 23
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Chrysler 300 / 300C 5
Mustang GT 12
Honda Accord 33
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Mazda RX-8 3
Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman 20

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Honda Pilot 6
Luxury SUV Cadillac SRX 3
Pickup Truck Ford F-Series 3
Small SUV Subaru Forester 3
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2007Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $71,000

Model Times on List
BMW 3 Series 23
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Chrysler 300C 5
Honda Accord 33
Honda Fit 7
Infiniti G35 Sedan 4
Mazdaspeed3 7
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman 20
Volkswagen GTI 16

5Best TrucksEdit

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Honda Pilot 6
Luxury SUV Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL450 2
Pickup Truck Chevrolet Silverado 5
Small SUV Toyota RAV4 2
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2008Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $72,000


Model Times on List
BMW 3 Series 23
Cadillac CTS 8
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Chevrolet Malibu 1
Honda Accord 33
Honda Fit 7
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Mazdaspeed3 7
Porsche Boxster 20
Porsche Cayman 2
Volkswagen GTI 16

5Best Trucks

Title Model Times on List
Large SUV Mazda CX-9 1
Luxury SUV Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2
Pickup Truck Chevrolet Silverado 5
Small SUV Toyota RAV4 2
Van Honda Odyssey 7

2009Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $71,000[1]

Beginning with the 2009 list, Car and Driver considered the Porsche Boxster and Cayman to be the same car.

Model Times on List
Volkswagen GTI 16
BMW 3 Series 23
Cadillac CTS 8
Chevrolet Corvette 20
Honda Accord 33
Honda Fit 7
Infiniti G37 4
Jaguar XF 1
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Porsche Boxster/Cayman 20

"Dishonorable Mention"Edit

In conjunction with the 2009 10Best Cars list, Car and Driver issued a list of what it called "The 10 Most Embarrassing Award Winners in Automotive History", spotlighting cars previously honored by a major automotive magazine (including CD itself) that, with the passage of time, it considered to be anything but award-worthy.[2]

Year Model Award(s)
1983 Renault Alliance Car and Driver 10Best Cars and
Motor Trend Car of the Year
2002 Ford Thunderbird Motor Trend Car of the Year
1971 Chevrolet Vega Motor Trend Car of the Year
1997 Cadillac Catera Automobile All-Stars
1985 Merkur XR4Ti Car and Driver 10Best Cars
1997 Chevrolet Malibu Motor Trend Car of the Year
1990 Lincoln Town Car Motor Trend Car of the Year
1980 Chevrolet Citation Motor Trend Car of the Year
1974 Ford Mustang II Motor Trend Car of the Year
1995 Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique Car and Driver 10Best Cars

2010Edit

2011Edit

10Best CarsEdit

Price cap: $80,000[4] This year marks the first appearance of an electrically powered car, the Volt, as well as the first appearance of a Korean automaker, Hyundai, on C&D 10Best.

Model Times on List
Volkswagen GTI 16
BMW 3 Series 23
Cadillac CTS-V 8
Chevrolet Volt 1
Honda Accord 33
Honda Fit 7
Ford Mustang 12
Mazda MX-5 Miata 18
Hyundai Sonata 1
Porsche Boxster/Cayman 20

2012Edit

2013Edit

2014Edit

2015Edit

2016Edit

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Swan, Tony (January 2009). "2009 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  2. ^ "Dishonorable Mention: The 10 Most Embarrassing Award Winners in Automotive History". Car and Driver. January 2009. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ "2010 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. January 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
  4. ^ "2010 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  5. ^ "2012 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. December 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  6. ^ "2013 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  7. ^ "2014 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. November 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  8. ^ "2015 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  9. ^ "2017 10Best Cars". CarandDriver.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "2019 10Best Cars". CarandDriver.com. Car and Driver. November 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.