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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 restrictions:

  1. The vehicle must be on sale by January
  2. It must be priced below 2.5 times the average car price for that year
  3. The manufacturer must provide an example for testing
  4. Only substantially changed 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.

Top Ten Marques[edit]

From 1983 through 2008, the following marques were represented on the list the most times, including both the car and truck lists (except for the 2008 trucks).

Rank Marque Number of wins
1 Honda 73
2 Toyota 27
3 BMW 24
4 Mazda 23
5 Chevrolet 21
6 Acura 16
7 Porsche 15
7 Nissan 15
7 Audi 15
10 Chrysler 13

Top Manufacturers[edit]

Further breaking down the marques into their controlling manufacturers amplifies Honda's dominance of the contest over the last 25 years.

Note that this number is skewed by the multiple products picked over the years. For example, the Chrysler minivans were picked three times, totalling 8 "points" for Chrysler from three wins. The Diamond-Star cars were a similar problem, double-dipping "points" for both Mitsubishi, Plymouth, and Eagle. These situations were not "fixed"; rather, they are left as-is, skewing the totals.

Note also that changing ownership can affect the count. Chrysler and Dodge products from 1999 through 2007 were counted for Daimler-Benz/DaimlerChrysler/Daimler AG, as that company had wholly acquired Chrysler in that period. Similarly, Saab's post-2000 products, had they won a place on the list, would be counted for General Motors. Despite strong corporate ties through this period, Mazda remains separate from Ford, Subaru from General Motors and Toyota, Nissan from Renault, and Mitsubishi from Chrysler.

Rank Manufacturer Number of wins
1 Honda Motor Company 80
2 Toyota Motor Company 38
3 General Motors 31
4 Chrysler Corporation 30
5 BMW 24
6 Mazda Motor Corporation 23
7 Volkswagen Group 21
8 Toyota Motor Corporation 20
9 Nissan Motor Company 18
10 Porsche AG 15

Top Ten Models[edit]

From 1983 through 2013, the following individual models were represented on the list the most times. In 2007, Honda's Odyssey and Pilot trucks appeared in the top ten, a first for any truck.

Rank Model Number of wins
1 Honda Accord 27
2 BMW 3-Series 22
3 Chevrolet Corvette 15
4 Mazda Miata 14
4 Porsche Boxster 14
5 Honda Prelude 10
5 Volkswagen GTI 10
6 Acura Integra and RSX 8
6 Ford Mustang 8
7 Ford Focus 7
7 Ford Taurus 7
7 Honda Fit 7
7 Honda Odyssey 7
7 Nissan 300ZX 7
8 BMW 5-Series 6
8 Honda Civic 6
8 Honda Pilot 6

1983[edit]

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 5
Honda Accord 23
Mazda RX-7 5
Mercedes-Benz 380SEL 1
Pontiac 6000 ' 3
Porsche 944 4
Renault Alliance 1
Toyota Supra Celica Supra 2
Volkswagen GTI Rabbit 6

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

Top-selling cars:

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

1984[edit]

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 23
Mazda 626 1
Pontiac Fiero 2M4 1
Pontiac 6000 STE 3
Porsche 944 4
Toyota Supra Celica Supra 2
Volkswagen GTI Rabbit 6

Fastest car tested: Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole, 144 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1985[edit]

Price cap: $30,000

Model Times on List
Audi 5000 S/Turbo 5
Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 1
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Dodge Caravan 3
Honda CRX 2
Honda Civic 6
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 23
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

1986[edit]

Price cap: $30,000

Model Times on List
Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro 5
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 23
Lincoln Mark VII LSC 1
Mercury Sable 3
Porsche 944 Turbo 4
Saab 9000 Turbo 4
Toyota MR2 2
Volkswagen GTI 6

Fastest car tested: Porsche 944 Turbo, 157 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1987[edit]

Price cap: $30,000

Model Times on List
Acura Integra 6
Audi 5000 CS Turbo 5
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Ford Mustang GT 5
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Accord 23
Mazda RX-7 Turbo 5
Pontiac Bonneville SE 1
Saab 9000 Turbo 4
Toyota MR2 2
Volvo 740

Fastest car tested: Ferrari Testarossa, 176 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1988[edit]

Price cap: $35,000

Model Times on List
Acura Legend Coupe 3
Acura Integra 6
Audi 5000 5
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Ford Mustang 5 5
Ford Taurus 7
Honda CRX 2
Honda Civic 6
Honda Accord 23
Saab 9000 Turbo 4

Fastest car tested: Ferrari Testarossa, 173 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1989[edit]

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 14
Dodge Colt Turbo 1
Ford Probe GT 3
Ford Taurus 7
Honda Civic 6
Honda Accord 23
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

1990[edit]

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 6
Honda Accord 23
Lexus LS 1
Mazda MPV 2
Mazda Miata 14
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

1991[edit]

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 6
Honda Accord 23
Mazda MPV V6 2
Mazda Miata 14
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

1992[edit]

Price cap: $40,000

Model Times on List
BMW 3-Series 325i 18
Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan 1
Eagle Talon AWD Turbo 3
Ford Taurus SHO 7
Honda Prelude Si 10
Lexus SC SC400 4
Mazda Miata 14
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

1993[edit]

Price cap: $40,000

Model Times on List
BMW 3-Series 325i 18
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 5
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

1994[edit]

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 18
Chrysler Concorde 2
Dodge Intrepid 4
Eagle Vision 1
Ford Probe GT 3
Honda Prelude VTEC 10
Honda Accord EX 23
Lexus SC 4
Mazda RX-7 5
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

1995[edit]

Price cap: $46,000.

Model Times on List
Acura Integra GS-R 6
BMW 3-Series 328i/M3 18
Chrysler Cirrus LXi 3
Ford Contour 3
Honda Prelude VTEC 10
Honda Accord 23
Lexus SC 4
Mazda RX-7 5
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

1996[edit]

Price cap: $48,000

Model Times on List
Acura Integra 6
Audi A4 4
BMW 3-Series 328i/M3 18
Chrysler Town and Country 2
Chrysler Cirrus 3
Dodge Stratus 2
Dodge Caravan 3
Ford Contour 3
Honda Civic 6
Honda Prelude VTEC 10
Mercury Mystique 3
Nissan Maxima SE 3
Nissan 300ZX Turbo 7
Plymouth Voyager 3

Fastest car tested: Ferrari F355, 179 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1997[edit]

Price cap: $54,000

Model Times on List
Acura Integra 6
Audi A4 4
BMW 5-Series 6
BMW 3-Series 328i/M3 18
Chrysler Town and Country 2
Chrysler Cirrus 3
Dodge Stratus 2
Dodge Caravan 3
Ford Contour 3
Honda Prelude SH 10
Mercedes-Benz SLK 2
Mercury Mystique 3
Plymouth Breeze 1
Plymouth Voyager 3
Toyota Camry V6 3

Fastest car tested: Dodge Viper GTS, 177 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1998[edit]

Price cap: $55,000

Model Times on List
Audi A4 4
BMW 5-Series 6
BMW 3-Series 328i/M3 18
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Dodge Intrepid 4
Honda Prelude 10
Honda Accord 23
Lexus GS 3
Mazda Miata 14
Porsche Boxster 9

Fastest car tested: Ferrari F50, 194 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

1999[edit]

Price cap: $59,000

Model Times on List
BMW Z3 M Coupe/M Roadster 1
BMW 5-Series 6
BMW 3-Series 328i/M3 18
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Chrysler 300M 2
Dodge Intrepid 4
Honda Accord 23
Lexus GS 3
Mazda Miata 14
Porsche Boxster 9

Top-selling cars:

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

2000[edit]

Price cap: $61,000

Model Times on List
Audi A6 2.7T/A6 4.2 2
Audi TT 2
BMW 5-Series 6
BMW 3-Series 18
Chrysler 300M 2
Ford Focus 5
Honda Accord 23
Honda S2000 4
Lexus GS300/GS400 3
Porsche Boxster 9

Top speed recorded: Hennessey Viper Venom 1000 Twin Turbo, 289 mph

Top-selling cars:

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

2001[edit]

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 Cars[edit]

Price cap: $120,000

Model Times on List
Audi A6 2.7T/A6 4.2 2
BMW 5-Series 6
Audi TT 2
BMW 3-Series 18
Chrysler PT Cruiser 1
Ford Focus 5
Honda Accord 23
Honda S2000 4
Mazda Miata 14
Porsche Boxster 9

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2002[edit]

Top-selling cars:

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

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $66,000

Model Times on List
Acura RSX 2
Audi A4 4
BMW 3-Series M3 18
BMW 5-Series 6
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Ford Focus 5
Honda Accord 23
Honda S2000 4
Porsche Boxster 9
Subaru Impreza WRX 2

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2003[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $66,000

Model Times on List
Acura RSX 2
BMW 3-Series M3 18
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Ford Focus 5
Honda Accord 23
Infiniti G35 3
Mazda 6 s 1
Nissan 350Z 1
Porsche Boxster 9
Subaru Impreza WRX 2

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2004[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $69,000

Model Times on List
Acura TSX 3
Audi S4 Quattro 1
BMW 3-Series M3 18
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Ford Focus 5
Honda Accord 23
Honda S2000 4
Infiniti G35 3
Mazda RX-8 3
Toyota Prius 1 -_-

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2005[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

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 23
Full Size Sedan Chrysler 300C 3
Luxury Sedan Acura RL 1
Luxury Sports Car Mercedes-Benz SLK 2
Luxury Sports Sedan BMW 3-Series M3 18
Muscle Car Ford Mustang GT 5
Performance Car Chevrolet Corvette 14
Sports Coupe Mazda RX-8 3
Sports Sedan Acura TSX 3
Wagon Dodge Magnum 1

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2006[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $70,000

Title Model Times on List
Family Sedan Honda Accord 23
Full Size Sedan Chrysler 300C 3
Luxury Sport Sedan BMW 3-Series 18
Luxury Sports Car Porsche Boxster 9
Muscle Car Ford Mustang GT 5
Performance Car Chevrolet Corvette 14
Roadster Mazda Miata 10
Sport Compact Audi A3 1
Sports Coupe Mazda RX-8 3
Sports Sedan Acura TSX 3

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2007[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $71,000

Car and Driver considers the Porsche Boxster and Cayman to be the same car.

Model Times on List
BMW 3-Series 18
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Chrysler 300C 3
Honda Accord 23
Honda Fit 7
Infiniti G35 Sedan 3
Mazdaspeed3 2
Mazda MX-5 10
Porsche Boxster 9
Porsche Cayman 2
Volkswagen GTI 6

5Best Trucks[edit]

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

2008[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $72,000

Car and Driver considers the Porsche Boxster and Cayman to be the same car.

Model Times on List
BMW 3-Series 18
Cadillac CTS 1
Chevrolet Corvette 14
Chevrolet Malibu 1
Honda Accord 23
Honda Fit 3
Mazda MX-5 10
Mazdaspeed3 2
Porsche Boxster 9
Porsche Cayman 2
Volkswagen GTI 7

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

2009[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

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 8
BMW 3-Series 18
Cadillac CTS 2
Chevrolet Corvette 15
Honda Accord 23
Honda Fit 3
Infiniti G37 4
Jaguar XF 1
Mazda MX-5 14
Porsche Boxster/Cayman 11

"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 C&D itself) that, with the passage of time, is 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

2010[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $80,000[3]

Model Times on List
Audi S4
BMW 3-Series
Cadillac CTS-V
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Honda Accord
Honda Fit
Mazda MX-5
Mazda3
Porsche Boxster/Cayman
Volkswagen GTI 9

2011[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $80,000[3] 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 10
BMW 3 Series
Cadillac CTS-V
Chevrolet Volt
Honda Accord
Honda Fit
Ford Mustang
Mazda MX-5
Hyundai Sonata
Porsche Boxster/Cayman

5Best Trucks[edit]

Not yet released.

2012[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $80,000[4]

Model Times on List
Volkswagen Golf/GTI 11
BMW 3-Series/M3
Cadillac CTS-V
Honda Accord
Honda Fit
Ford Focus
Audi A6/A7 3.0T Quattro
Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Porsche Boxster/Cayman

2013[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $80,000[5]

Model Times on List
Audi A6 3.0T/S6/A7 3.0T/S7 4 (A6) and 2 (A7)
BMW 3-Series 22
Ford Focus/Focus ST 7
Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 8
Honda Accord 27
Honda Fit 7
Mazda MX-5 Miata 14
Porsche Boxster/Boxster S 14
Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ 1
Volkswagen Golf/GTI 10

2014[edit]

10Best Cars[edit]

Price cap: $80,000[6]

Model Times on List
Audi A6/S6/A7
BMW 3-Series/BMW 4-Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Ford Fiesta ST
Honda Accord
Mazda 3
Mazda 6
Porsche Boxster/Cayman
Volkswagen Golf/GTI

Notes and references[edit]

  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 2009-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b "2010 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. January 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  4. ^ "2012 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. December 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  5. ^ "2013 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  6. ^ "2014 10Best Cars". Car and Driver. November 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-05.