• Dec 31, 2009


In just a few hours, the Naughties will be no more. And while we're all for looking back on the decade that was with rose-tinted glasses, our critical eyes inevitably fall to the vehicles released in the last ten years. There was a balanced amount of successes and disappointments, but rather than come up with yet another top picks list, we decided it would be best to pose the question to you: What's your vehicle of the decade?

Naturally, we've got our own picks, but at the end of the day, it's your opinion matters most. So sound off in Comments before you head out on the town and enjoy the final moments of one of the most compelling decades in automotive history.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      SMART CAR with a few minor impovements.......strap the body on to a NHRA Funny car chasis.......(60's style Angela)...or put a blade back under it so I can cut my lawn in style!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cayman S of course!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bugatti Veyron, while I'll probably never see one much less own/drive one it is the king of the hill in my eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Without a doubt, the Veyron.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate to say it but the Toyota Priues, it has people thinking about different ways on how to fuel the car. People for the first time have bought a really untested technology in mass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really wanted to say GT-R because it is an excellently engineered performance vehicle and it is changing the performance car market by pushing the envelope and expectations. However, how many non-car enthusiasts do you know that can actually name it or pick it out of a line up? Every person in the country can pick out a Prius. I hate the Prius because it is the epitome of the appliance car. Soulless, front wheel drive transportation. However, everyone is now doing hybrids, even our performance idols. The Prius mass marketed the hybrid and resonated with the general public.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Turbo Diesels..... HUGE improvement over the last decade in their performance and efficiency. Fun to drive, stomp pulling power, great MPGs.

      Common Rail, Direct injection variable vane turbocharging !
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it wasn't already apparent, I'm going with Godzilla. Happy New Year to all you guys... most of you are alright. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cadillac XLR-V
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Nissan Murano. It started the CUV genre. Now the fastest growing segment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 1996 RAV4 started it. The RX300 started the luxury CUV trend. And both happened in the 90s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Absolutely zero debate about this - the Prius is easily the most significant vehicle of the decade.
      No other one can even compare to how big of a contribution it has made and how much it's shaken the industry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree 100%.

        Is it the "best" car of the decade? That is completely subjective.

        Most influential? Yes. It has had a larger impact on the auto market than any other car released this decade. Not low production, composite-framed Italian trophy-pieces, or the 2005 Mustang (which basically carried over every design element of the 1999 remodel).

        The only other car that gives it a run for the money is the new Mini Cooper - a car that changed the face of the compact 4-banger in the US - remember, the hatchback was doing a disappearing act prior to the Mini Cooper. Yes, the VW Golf had been around for a while, along with it's hot-hatch stablemates, but almost all of the compact hatches had disappeared in the early naughties. Now, there are a smattering of them. None are marketed to the premium sub-compact niche quite like the Mini, but between the Scions, Fits, Versas, Yarises (Yarii?), SX4's, Aveos, Calibers, etc., it seems that the Mini was the spark.

        And a distant third (and my God I'm going to catch hell for posting this on Autoblog).

        The Honda Pilot (ducks and runs).

        No, seriously, the first midsize/large crossover, biting into the large 7-pax SUV market. The Highlander was technically first, but it didn't have a 3rd row seat until 2004. I do feel that GM better executed the design with the whatever-they-are Acadia and clones, and the RAV4 and CR-V had already started the compact SUV transition in motion, but the Pilot opened the door for the "I'll drive an 7-pax SUV and pretend it's not a minivan even though it's clearly a mommy-mobile" crowd to make the move.

        Not the blood-pumping, enthusiast picks, but the most relevant to the market as I whole, I feel.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Like it or not the Pruis has a huge mark on the automotive world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Agree with AMehta87 2:55PM (1/04/2010)

      I'd add the New Beetle. Intro'd in 98, but really took hold and carried on a legend in the 2000's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Prius.

      No other car has been as forward looking. There are lots of nice cars out there, of course, and the Prius is not the car I would want to buy, but it is the definitive car of the decade.

      The car company of the decade would be Hyundai, I think. They finished strong, that's for sure.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Completely agreed.

        Winners: Prius, Hyundai
        Losers: Hummer H2, Saab
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