Car and Driver just released their 2010 Top 10Best Cars and BMW made the list….again. The 2010 BMW 3 Series and M3 has been nominated as one of the top 10 best automobiles.
Here are some of the rules that lead to their decision, as outlined by C&D:
“As is the norm, we invited back 2009’s 10Best winners and all the new or significantly altered cars for 2010. Every qualifying vehicle must be on sale no later than January 2010, ergo the complete absence of vaporware.
In all, we hosted a total of 58 automobiles at our secret base hidden amid the farm plots of southeast Michigan. We flogged the cars for a week over our long-standing route, which serves up everything from smooth curves to pockmarked apexes to first-gear corners to high-speed straights to elevation changes.
There, we sought answers to the following questions: 1) How well does this car perform its intended mission? Does a given luxury car, for example, ride harshly? Does it sacrifice rear-seat headroom for an aggressive tumblehome? 2) Is this a highly engaging, fun-to-drive vehicle in its category? Does it compel the driver to get in and enjoy it? And 3) What kind of value does it represent? How much goodness does it deliver for its price?”
The 58 contenders were valued at $2.5 million and they logged over 12,000 test miles.
The BMW 3 Series continues dominance in the 10Best history with an impressive 19th straight win. Only the Honda Accord can be proud of similar achievements with their 24th win, though not consecutive.
BMW’s 3 Series competitor, Audi S4, also made the list. Other cars include the Mazda Miata MX-5, Porsche Boxster / Cayman, Cadillac CTS-V and Volkswagen GTI. Falling off the list this year were the Chevrolet Corvette, Infiniti G37 and Jaguar XF.
Here is the full list in……alphabetical orders, thought it was worth mentioning before we start another flame war BMW vs. the rest of the world.
2010 Audi S4
2010 BMW 3 Series / M3
2010 Cadillac CTS / CTS-V
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010 Honda Accord
2010 Honda Fit
2010 Mazda Miata MX-5
2010 Mazda3 / MazdaSpeed3
2010 Porsche Boxster / Cayman
2010 Volkswagen GTI
[Source: Car and Driver ]