Car and Driver 2011 10 Best
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Car and Driver has just released its annual list of top 10 vehicles for 2011. Populated by plenty of familiar faces like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Honda Accord and Porsche Boxster, this year's 10 Best won't bring too many surprises to the table. The newcomers to the crowd won't exactly raise any eyebrows, either. The Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Golf (the GTI did make it last year) are all solid, common-sense picks in our eyes.

Of course, some of the old guard had to fall off to make room for the new metal, and as such, the Audi S4, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mazda3 are nowhere to be found.

It's worth noting that the inclusion of the Chevy Volt marks the first time that an electric-powered car has ever made the cut, though it's unlikely to be the last. Check out our gallery of the winners below, then hit the jump to have a look at the full press release.


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Car and Driver Names its 10Best Cars for 2011
Three American, three German, one Korean, and three Japanese brands win? the magazine's highest honor

November 23, 2010 - Ann Arbor, Michigan –

Car and Driver, the world's largest automotive enthusiast publication, today announced its 10Best Cars for 2011. Amid high-horsepower machinery such as the 556-hp Cadillac CTS-V, the editors at Car and Driver included an electrically powered vehicle for the first time ever-the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt.

"Our 10Best award celebrates the best cars on sale in America for less than $80,000," said Car and Driver VP/editor-in-chief, Eddie Alterman. "In our testing," Alterman continued, "we are looking for those automobiles that deliver spectacular value, real driver engagement, and the highest fulfillment of their intended missions. Our testing takes place over a week on real roads in the real world, marshalling more than 60 new test cars and our entire editorial staff. It's a real workout, and the best cars on the market emerge victorious."

Below is the list of Car and Driver's 10Best Cars for 2011:

BMW 3-series/M3
Cadillac CTS-V
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Mustang GT
Honda Accord
Honda Fit
Hyundai Sonata
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Porsche Boxster/Cayman
Volkswagen Golf/GTI

For the complete story, check out the January issue of Car and Driver, or head to caranddriver.com.