• Dec 20, 2009
When Automobile magazine put together a list of potential all-star cars, 39 new models made the initial cut from the Audi A3 and (Euro-edition) Honda Civic to the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano and Tesla Roadster. From that selection, only ten cars ascended to the winner's circle.

Each of the 39 finalists makes a solid case for being included, although a few did raise an eyebrow -- we really enjoy the Malibu and love the G-Class, for instance, but didn't expect to see them here. The ten that took honors are all worthy to a wheel, but again, an eyebrow or two did take note -- neither the aforementioned Ferrari nor the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG made it, but the Camaro and BMW Z4 did.

Don't let that take anything away though; these things are subjective, and every winner deserved it. Even the Dodge Ram 1500. Click here for the full list of winners and reasons.


[Source: Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Generally, these lists are highly subjective and influenced, not only by ad dollars, but by press junkets to Viennese villas, and press conferences on the French Riviera.
      This is part of the reason expensive European marques get such a disproportionate amount of ink in the buff books.
      But in this, the year in which two of the "big three" almost collapsed, the buff books have been bending over backwards to support the domestic auto industry. Hence the Ford Fusion Hybrid beating the Z4 for Motor Trend's calipers and the preponderance of domestic iron in Automobile's All Stars issue.
      After the recovery takes hold, we'll see more gushing over imports from the Eurocentric elitist editors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ ngiotta
        "Why would they be bending over backwards for Ford? They didn't take any handouts..."

        Because Ford is a domestic automaker. Despite the fact that they didn't enter bankruptcy, they're struggling too, so the buff book boys want to help out the home team.
        I'm not saying the Fusion isn't deserving. It's a great car and very well built. I'm glad it's being recognized and hope it does well.
        I'm just reiterating that getting a Car of the Year award doesn't really carry much weight in and of itself because of all the year MT gave that award based on shifting, capricious, or flimsy criteria. And because of the aforementioned biases.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd have a WRX on the list over the MS3 as the top hot-hatch all day long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! A CTS, 5 Chevys, 4 Fords and 1 Ram and not a single Toyota or Lexus on the list. Oh I wonder what invisiblepigeon will come up with for an excuse on this. What is this world coming to? Think maybe the Toilex was in the shop getting it's gas pedal fixed.
      Not a single Toilex. Now that's what I call real Hope and Change.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you were driving your Lexlooser and not riding in it on the bed of a tow truck?
        On a kinder note, a late friend of mine that used to own a Ziebart shop once told me that his rustproofing product was made from a petroleum based tar product. Since sludge is petroleum based, maybe you could take some of the sludge from your older IS and brush it on the newer one as a rustproofer. That's if you can find the time with all that 2 for 1 recall on the gas pedal. Should'nt take them too long though, afterall, how long does it take to take a reciprocating saw to the gas pedal. Ahhh! An engineering marvel that only Goober would understand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ya... i see 1 chevy...

        and 2 BMWs ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        This list is absolutely laughable. In addition to everything mentioned: How do you have the Ram and Silverado...but no F150? Seriously? Maybe Ram and F150 (Silverado [over]due for a redesign) but to have the former is just rediculous. Sadly some people will be duped into believing this list.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Try reading the link.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd take an Audi S5 over an Audi S4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would the Prius belong on this list? The technology is old news, the car isn't particularly fantastic over previous ones, not to mention that there are more efficient cars out there that you can keep longer than five years...
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was out driving for the sheer pleasure of it. That's what having a nice car is all about. Put it into sport mode, turn off traction control and find a twisty desolate road.

        I'm guessing by your Andy Griffith reference that you're in your mid to late 50's and you think that it still is the 1950's and America is rising, instead of collapsing. If you ever wake up from your delusions you'll see how awful your Caddy really is, compared to a real car.

        Too bad when you go to trade your heap in, it'll be worthless since GM can't even give their cars away anymore, and they've got no resale value except for scrap. LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        Must be 2 for 1 day at AB in the idiotic commenter isle. Thanks to Caddy V and Invisiblepigeon3 for all the insightful comments.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, but while the were considered, they didn't win. Plus they consider generally new models or winners from the prior year.

        I'd say the Prius should be on the list, perhaps in place of the Ram.

        Otherwise it's a good list. I'm happy to see the two Bimmers and the Mazda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is pretty hard to take this list seriously. They are pretty good at getting things wrong. Apparently Ford is "enlisting" Toyota's technology to build the Fusion Hybrid. Ford's engineers must be seeing red. At the same time they totally miss the new Prius which is a substantial upgrade from the old. The Flex itself is a very cool vehicle but it isn't new this year and I think the new Taurus SHO is probably a better example of Eco boost and the latest Ford tech.
      • 5 Years Ago
      where's the Nissan Cube?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right behind the Kia Soul...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I knew someone would agree with me someday. I drive a Cube and I really like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In a box next to Rubic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, to all you non-believers, the Nissan Cube took Automobile Mag's 2010 Design of the Year, which seems to be a higher accomplishment than the All Stars list. And I am a personal fan of the Cube. For those curious, Automobile of the Year was the new GTI.

        Yes I actually subscribe to the magazine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HONDA the biggest looser.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aw, the mazda 3 and camaro look so happy together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm so happy three cars I like are on the list. The Fusion, Flex, and XF are some great looking cars. I really love that XF, that is the only Jag I have ever given a second glance (the new '10 XJ noteworthy too). I'm amazed no Toyotas or Hondas made the list, they're quickly being pulled down off their high horse...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget that a lot of these "awards" are determined by marketing and advertising departments. That being said, only good can come from honda and toyota not being on the list. Nothing creates better product like competition and failures.....
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not one Toyota or Lexus.....thats really odd to say the least.....someone would have to explain to me why each Toyota and Lexus model couldnt make it on the list.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Now that's a really silly thing to say. While the Japanese are known for boring small cars, because most people BUY boring small cars, they do make more than that.

        This whole preconceived notion of a Lexus only making boring cars is getting old. Have any of you driven an IS or GS? Just because they engineer their cars to be silent inside, and have a smooth ride, doesn't mean you can't go 50 through 25mph turns without a hint of tire squeal. Is being able to have a conversation without raising your voice at 110mph a bad thing? The 3.5L V6 and 4.6L/5.0L V8 with dual injection are brilliant engines, and the flappy paddle 6 or 8 speed lets you actually use them.

        And instead of that stupid Dodge Ram junk heap, they ought to have the Ford F150 SVT on there. That's the best truck I've ever seen in my life. If I was going to get a truck, I'd definitely get that Ford. If I ever had the chance to go off road, I'd get one of those as my daily driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        It's because Toyota and Lexus don't make a single car that can raise any automotive enthusiast's blood pressure (excluding the LF-A).

        B-O-R-I-N-G =/ winning any hearts of car testers.

        I'm glad that only one Japanese car made the list - and its a turbo hot-hatch that is reasonably priced.

        Honda and Toyota have lost their way with creating appliances for years. When the MR2, S2000, NSX are all cancelled within the past 5+ years and nothing suitable is replacing them - you've lost my interest in all Japanese cars.

        I'm impressed that the Germans and the Americans took home 4 awards each. While I don't need a Flex or Ram (at all) , the Fusion is nicer than the butt ugly Accord, and the Camaro is an exciting car. I would take any one of those German cars in a heartbeat and they perfectly represent what you should get (and what I'd want) if I had $40-50k to spend.

        JDMLife: Let's face it, the Japanese really don't make anything that we can classify as a thrill to drive- there are a few exceptions (Nissan has 2 good sports cars) but Honda and Toyota really suck lately.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        How about you make a case for why they SHOULD?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess the definition of "All Star" is different to Automobile mag.

      To them...an "all star" is a xB looking vehicle that's overpriced and missed it's sales target by 63,077 vehicles.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Not at all...I dislike it...because it is a waste of raw materials, time, effort, factory space, dealer lot space, etc.

        I would say design talent was wasted as well.......but let's be real...nothing on the Flex was actually designed...by actual designers. The only round bits on it is the steering wheel and the wheels (those must have been "design concessions").

        But the problem is platform wide. The D3 platform has been a failure for Ford since the first round of D3 vehicles in 2005...and here we are 4 very short years later...and 7MORE vehicles later and those vehicles are failing as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You seem to have a special hate for the Flex,Mutt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why isn't Camaro at the front???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda hasnt released anything new in a couple years, thats why they are absent from the list.
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