• Nov 30, 2007
Earlier this week we got a tip from a reader who had already received his January 2008 issue of Car and Driver in the mail. The January issue is, of course, the 10Best issue, and while we had no reason not to trust this reader that the ten cars he listed were in fact all winners, we decided to wait until a second source could corroborate the information. Well, Car and Driver has released the 2008 10Best article on its website, which is all the corroboration we need.
Without further ado, you'll find this year's Car and Driver 10Best list after the jump. You can also click the Read link below to read the full article on CarandDriver.com.

[Source: Car and Driver]



2008 10Best List
  • BMW 3-series
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Fit
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Mazda Mazdaspeed3
  • Porsche Boxster/Cayman
  • Volkswagen GTI

2007 10Best List
  • BMW 3-Series
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Chrysler 300C
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Fit
  • Infiniti G35 Sedan
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Mazda Mazdaspeed3
  • Porsche Boxster / Cayman
  • Volkswagen GTI

To see which cars have been on Car and Driver's 10Best list going pack in perpetuity, check out this wikipedia page that lists them all.

Also note that GM gained two spots this year at the expense of the Chrysler 300C and Infiniti G35 Sedan, which were replaced by the Cadillac CTS and Chevy Malibu. That also gives GM the most models on the list, with Honda and Mazda earning two spots, and BMW, Volkswagen and Porsche one each.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota could care less that not a single one of their autos made the list. Their sales is what matters. Besides, Toyota buyers don't read C&D's magazine.

      I think the longest running car on the list is the Accord, if Iam not mistaken.

      GO HONDA!!!
        far jr
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, Toyota likely doesn't care that Consumer Reports dropped the camry's rating either. Heck they don't care what anyone else thinks as long as they are selling cars, right? If this is truely the Toyota mentality (which it is not) then it is not good for Toyota. That same mentality didn't work well for the domestics during the 80s either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know what's more boring and predictable, the 10Best List or the 99% of the comments posted here so far.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What were you expecting? Nobody ever agrees with 10 Best lists. The point is in marketing and sales, not about recognizing automotive distinguishment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Replace the Fit and the GTI with the Altima and the 9-3 and we're golden.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Damn HTML. That should have had, next to the comment on the GTI: "VW fanboy who misses his 01 GTI, which spent nowhere near the time in the shop as his Saab"
      • 7 Years Ago
      How many years has the MX5 been on that list?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's not even a real number...yet

        John R is my new favorite commenter
      • 7 Years Ago
      i got to drive the new 08 Malibu a few days ago. First impression: much larger in person than it looks in the photos. very nice interior. i actually was impressed, and i dont usually get impressed with GM passenger cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Car and Driver 2008 10 best list is an interesting list indeed. 10 completely different vehicles with broad price ranges $15,000 to $50,000.

      It looks like the judges used the 2007 10 best list as a reference. Interesting results and total quality judging-checklist approach...

      The vehicles on the 2008 10 best list have automotitve factories assembling vehicles in the U.S...while other car manufactures abroad.

      Hmmm...very interesting 2008 10 best list.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Again...any list of '07 or '08 vehicles contending for any "best of" list that does not include the Nissan Altima is a joke...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think the new altima improved a lot this year. It's a great blend of performance, comfort and style in a family sedan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        why exactly do you believe the Altima should make the list? For its stylish but dimestore interior? What about the horrific 6-sp? As much as i hate it, the accord is the better of the two. I still wouldnt buy one of them though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The engine, handling, style and price are all better or equal to anything in its class...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Three GMs and still not a Toyota in sight.

      Ouch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The only Toyota I'd consider would be the top spec Camry SE (you know, the one with the "aggressive" body kit). It's motor makes like 268hp, I think. The car's a rocket...in a straight line.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, very interesting that the General is roaring back while Toyota is shooting itself in the foot.

        So nice to see the Cadillac CTS and the Chevrolet Malibu on the list. Says a lot about how strong these products are and the fact that GM can produce a world-class vehicle.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess Toyota has been quaking in their boots for years now, considering the Accord is always on the list and the Camry still remains the better seller.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The only Toyota I'd consider would be the top spec Camry SE (you know, the one with the "aggressive" body kit). It's motor makes like 268hp, I think. The car's a rocket...in a straight line.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i heard from friends that the gti is the worst car they've ever owned because it spends most of its time in the shop
        • 7 Years Ago
        I actually test-drove the GTI and hated it... The steering is light and feels very artificial. And the car is weirdly tall.

        VW hasn't produced a decent car in ages. I wonder if they ever will...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the 2008 C-Class should have made the list. The car is such an improvement over its predecessor and from all reviews, its a very good car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes I read that comparison test, and the CTS placed third.

        If that isn't a good reason for the car to get some props, then why in the world is the CTS on the list? It's not the best in any sense, and the only reason its on is because its meant to save GM. Check comparison tests and you'll see editors saying the Benz drives better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If the G35 doesn't make the list, there is no way that the C-class does. Maybe the C63, but that's a whole different price group.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In the very same issue, the C class places dead last in its class compared to the CTS, G35, and 328i.

        To make 10 Best the car might need to do better than "improvement over its predecessor" and "very good car."
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought they used to do this by class which made a little more sense but was still meaningless. Now there're multiple cars of the same class in the top ten - Malibu & Accord, 3 series & CTS, GTI & MazdaSpeed3, Porsche & Corvette.

      This is just a list of a small group of people's favorite cars. It is no more valid than some random blogger's list of top cars, movies, games or whatever as seen on any myriad of websites.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is because when they split it into segments a few years ago, there were a lot of cars picked that did not deserve to be 10Best cars. Also, many great cars got snubbed. Why does there have to be an absolute best in every category? Such cars don't exist, as people have different tastes and needs. To have 2 cars from a segment on the list means that they are both great vehicles.

        The Corvette and Porsche are VERY different cars. I could see why they put both on. The MS3 and GTI is harder to defend. Malibu and CTS are on because they're news-worthy and vastly improved.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Henry,

        I think you've nailed why this list seems funny to me too: segment overlap. Why ARE a Porsche and Corvette and MazdaSpeed 3 and GTI on the same list?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Only picking from last years winners and new or improved vehicles does not make sense. Suppose two very good new cars are released the same year and only one makes the list. Then the other car can never make the list until it is an all new generation.
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