Correction: Yahoo Autos just published their Top 10 Most Noteworth Vehicles of the Decade and the BMW 3 Series makes the top.
The highest volume seller 3 Series has one again been praised for its “powerful six-cylinder engines, agile handling and excellent refinement” and for, surprise to some of us, its exceptional build quality and driver-focused oriented interior design.
Great achievement for BMW and a great recognition for one of the most iconic vehicles in the automotive industry.
1. BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series has had a target on its back for well over a decade. Still, despite the fact that every luxury carmaker has set its sights on taking it down, it’s managed to retain its crown as the best entry-level luxury sedan money can buy. The credit goes to its smooth and powerful six-cylinder engines, agile handling and excellent refinement — and let’s not forget about its exceptional build quality and wonderful, driver-focused interior. Without a doubt, this capable Bimmer deserves kudos for being the benchmark by which others in this segment are judged.
Another iconic vehicle in the BMW brand, the MINI Cooper, is also featured in this Top 10.
8. Mini Cooper
While Americans still view hatchbacks as lame, the Mini has somehow managed to buck that trend, opening the door for cars like the Ford Fiesta to potentially thrive. Thanks to the retro-cool Mini, you no longer had to spend a king’s ransom to get a premium-made, highly customizable car with gobs of character. You could credit the Mini’s continued popularity to smart marketing and the decision to redesign so quickly, but we’d argue that its continued success has as much to do with its practical nature. It carries plenty of stuff relative its size, offers loads of space for two people and four in an emergency, is wickedly fun to drive and gets great gas mileage. Other retro, trendy cars like the New Beetle and Thunderbird couldn’t fall back on such practical virtues and eventually consumers abandoned them. Not so the Mini, which thrived throughout the decade and is bound to continue to do so into the next.
The big winner in this Top 10 is Ford Motors with three models sneaking in between the 3 Series and MINI Cooper: F-150, GT and Mustang.
Toyota, Honda, Pontiac, Chrysler and Hyundai get one mention.[Source: Yahoo Autos ]
Updated: The top 10 cars were listed in alphabetical order