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Spoiler alert: If you haven't picked up your print copy of Car and Driver yet, or if you haven't received their email announcement, or if you haven't checked out their website, they just announced their 10 Best for 2009. We wanted to share it with you because, well, the list is too shocking not to share. Unfathomably, the Nissan GT-R didn't win a spot! It didn't even make it into the top ten. After taking the brass ring from Automobile and Motor Trend, how could CD not pick it? We were just as shocked as you are undoubtedly. This would be like only the second loss evah for Godzilla, and the first was in a brief skirmish with Mothra about 40 years ago.
Okay, we're kidding. We saw this one coming a mile away. C and D always has a price cap on their nominees and this year that meant the Nissan officially missed inclusion by about seven grand. Now that you've adjusted, we can tell you that the full list can be found by clicking the source link below, but know that there are 8 foreign cars on the list and 2 domestics. Three Germans made the list, along with four Japanese models and a lone Brit. The list is actually a solid one from top to bottom. You'll probably have a hard time disagreeing with the choices, but might think your favorite is missing. Let us know what replacements you'd make.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      the honda fit and miata?........seriously?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's wrong with the standard Corvette?

        • 6 Years Ago
        The Miata is a fantastic car. I'm not at all crazy about the base vette though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The base Corvette is a great car. It makes deploying 400hp child's play, it actually has good steering feel and Porsche-baiting handling... and I still think its a sexy ride. Only knock? The interior design is blah. But that can easily change.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's simple, C&D are communists...
        • 6 Years Ago
        They're awesome cars for what they are, no?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The base Corvette is still an incredible 435hp/3300lb bargain of world-class performance and fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Corvette is a good performer for sure, but I wouldn't consider it cheap...its starting price is $49K.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The base Corvette is still an incredible 435hp/3300lb bargain of world-class performance and fun.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I doubt that many people buy cars based on what they read in C & D anyway?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with all of the choices. Fantastic list, but one thing: didn't the C&D Top 10 used to pick one car from each category or class of cars? I was a little surprised to see all the overlap, i.e. CTS (either with 3 series and G37 on price or XF on size) and Boxster, Corvette (different animals, I know, but similar price range).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe I have my "top ten" lists mixed up, but didn't they used to have categories of "Best Sports Car," "Best Sports Sedan," etc? Seems like there was a bit of overlap in this one's list.... 3-series AND G37? Plus, I wonder how they take into consideration reliability and such, instead of purely on a performance standpoint. Though the only one I'd really worry about is the VW, and maybe the BMW after 5+ years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm... I guess I was kinda hoping the Chevy Malibu would be on there, anyone else think so?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would agree. I think it really beats the Accord in not only looks (that Accord is horrible looking) but now gets better mileage and offers the only 6 spd auto/4 cylinder combo in the market. The Accord is a tad larger, but that's about all it has going for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember when GT-R won 'Car of the Year' for the other mags, people brought up a good point about the Hyundai Genesis.

      Now that the price criteria has been added, I see an even better argument for the Genesis being a dead ringer.

      How the hell did all these repeats beat the brand new economy-focused luxury revolutionary competitor from Korea?

      Car and Driver = Fail.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I remember when GT-R won 'Car of the Year' for the other mags, people brought up a good point about the Hyundai Genesis. "

        ...PEOPLE BROUGHT UP A GOOD POINT ABOUT THE HYUNDAI GENESIS.

        "Now that the price criteria has been added, I see an even better argument for the Genesis being a dead ringer. "

        ...GENESIS BEING A DEAD RINGER.

        "How the hell did all these repeats beat the brand new economy-focused luxury revolutionary competitor from Korea?"

        BRAND NEW... FROM KOREA?

        You say you read it, huh? How did you get GT-R out of that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of did you just see the words GT-R and assuming I was filibustering for a recount?

        I know what the price cap is and I know why they did it.

        My post was actually about the Genesis, just referring to the other mags by title "GT-R wins ________ car of the year"

        Thanks for actually reading my post.

        • 6 Years Ago
        why not the LS2LS7 - you need to work on your reading comprehension.

        BigMcLargeHuge - I agree that the Genesis should be on any list for best of the year. Even more so when the criteria for entry only involves cars under 71K in price. Therefore reducing the worthy competition of the ZR1 and GT-R and exotics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I did read your post. What am I supposed to get from this comment: 'Now that the price criteria has been added' other than the idea that you didn't know there was a price criteria (cap).

        I didn't say anything about the Genesis or Sonata, so I don't understand your responses at all.

        You're quick on the insults, and apparently are on a hair trigger over the GT-R for some reason. I don't understand either of these.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not new. You're mistaken.

        IIRC, the cap used to be 2X or 2.5X the average car purchase price. I don't know what it is now. But it's been around for at least 10 years, and probably a lot more.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Read it this way:

        During the Motor Trend COTY awards, there was no price cap, so the GT-R out-edged the Hyundai Genesis.

        But the Hyundai Genesis was a good contender for a game-changing car.

        So now, with price criteria included, I'd say the Genesis ought to be one of Car and Drivers' best.

        YOU are mistaken that the Genesis is 10 years old.

        YOU are mistaken that I even want to suggest the GT-R in this competition.

        What are you supposed to get from it? Exactly what was stated.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ist easy to find an issue with this list. The Accord, Mx5 and Fit should go. Period. Who in their right mind thinks the Fit and Accord are two of the 10Best cars under $70K? When I say "right mind" I mean people who are objective and not unabashed import fanboys. The Fit is a nice small car but its hardly one of the 10 more desirable cars on the market. The Accord has been surpassed by the Malibu and 6 and should be off the list. Unfortunately, C&D has given the 3 series and Accord lifetime slots. No matter how average the Accord may be they love the car as if its some kind of Ferrari or Aston Martin. The Accord is mediocre in every sense of the word. Performance, fuel economy, styling, value, materials quality, etc. - MEDIOCRE.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you are misunderstanding their criteria. Yes, I'm sure most of us would rather own, for example, a 350z or RX-8 than a Fit, but C&D judges cars against their own class. The Fit is the best car in its class, thus it makes the list. The Accord's inclusion might be more debatable given its competition, but you can't deny that it is an excellent car for what it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great choices!!!!

      (waiting for the action to begin now....)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was surprised they did not go for the BMW 1 series. All of the decisions make sense though...to some degree.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 1 series is overpriced, and you could get a lightly optioned bigger, hotter 3 series coupe for about the same price as the loaded, fuglier, smaller, more cramped 135i. It has no value.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed on the 1. I like them, but they should top out at $1500 over a base 3 and start at the same price as a fully optioned out VW GTI as to provide a reason to get one over the GTI. But $34K? No thanks. If I could get a base 128 for $25K i'd look at that before I looked at a $25K GTI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      bmw is overrated, drive a mazda and you'll see. i owned a 335i and it is no match for my mazda rx-8
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wanted 4 seats and nice ride, I'm not diss'ing the RX-8, great car, I wanted something more.....comfortable :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      take off the GTI and put the Genesis on the list
      • 6 Years Ago
      Besides the price limit Car and Driver does not have a category for Mythical. The GT-R is certainly the most mythical car of 2008, if only because of the never ending avalanch of media coverage leading up and continuing well after the launch of the vehicle.
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