• Nov 23, 2010
Car and Driver 2011 10 Best – Click above for high-res image gallery

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.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How the Fit continues to garner praise as a subcompact that only gets 33mpg highway is beyond me. Midsize cars are doing better than that these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "How the Fit continues to garner praise as a subcompact that only gets 33mpg highway is beyond me. Midsize cars are doing better than that these days."

        Many of the posts I've seen from actual owners of the Fit put the real-world economy higher than EPA estimates. In this regard, I don't find it particularly surprising. Honda's always been rated pretty conservatively. The original Insight wasn't rated at 70mpg, but I've seen people claim to have reached those numbers. Even my old Civic HX would regularly get nearly 50mpg without special attention. That being said, I do agree with your second statement.

        "How the heck is the accord still there. And the Fit beat the Fiesta? Not in my book."

        What would you put in the Accord's place? The Sonata lacks the rear headroom (it IS in fact a family sedan, after all) to boot the Accord completely. The Camry, while a solid, reliable (read: safe) pick lacks dynamically. The Altima, though engaging to drive feels a bit cheap inside compared to many of the other newer vehicles. And the CVT.......*yawn* (my brother purchased the MT...thank goodness). The Malibu apparently hasn't aged very well, according to some of the longer-term reviews (new one's just around the corner though), the Passat is a wee bit pricey and lacks interior space compared to most of other mid-to-full-sizers, the Mazda6 is dynamically superior, but seems to pretty much be forgotten by reviewers, and...I can't think of anything else at the moment that isn't already mentioned on the list. By the way, I just did a very quick search for all of this information because I myself was curious as to why the Accord was still here, so anyone with anything else to add, agreeing or disagreeing, feel free to do so.

        And regarding the Fiesta, the Fit just flat-out has it beat in the utility department. There's no way around that....literally. On a more personal note, I don't care very much for the Fiesta's interior. It looks snazzy, but I didn't find it very intuitive to use, nor did I find the materials during my test-driver to be "class-leading" as I was expecting. Honestly, I thought the Fit, while not exotic and bland in comparison, does a convincing enough job for most needs, while not sacrificing dynamic ability like the Toyota Yaris and Scion xD.

        The reason Honda remains on this list is simple: they don't stand out in any particular area, but they do offer the best overall packaging and compromises. They may not have LEDs and HIDs and 8 billion airbags, rear heated seats on a scooter and "forest scent" buttons (seriously, Infiniti M? Smh...), but what IS offered works well for its purpose.

        Frankly though, I really wish they'd fire every single one of their stylists. Honda has absolutely zero passion for design, whatsoever. And they've become completely complacent. It's about time other companies get a slice of their mainstream pie.

        -R
        • 4 Years Ago
        (nod) I cry BS on the "real driver engagement" front. The Fit has many strengths, but after driving it, I would certainly say it is adequate for its class and type, but not very "engaging." Plus, I also think it's a bit long in the tooth. I think the Fiesta would have been a much better choice. After all, nobody's used a Fit for a beach assault with the Royal Marines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It only gets 33MPG?? That is pitiful! Replace the Fit with a Fiesta!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think we know who the D-bag is ^^^
        • 4 Years Ago
        I feel it safe to assume the Fit mileage is all a lie, since I've yet to see a Fit driver who wasn't a doosh-bag.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I own a 2009 Fit, I've never gotten less than 33 mpg city and have gotten 42 on road trips, and it's the handiest damn car I've ever owned! I've hauled a 42" TV and even a recliner. That's how it makes it! C&D did a road test comparing it to the new Fiesta and Mazda 2 and the Fit and Fiesta ranked really close and they still ranked the Fit number 1, because despite the EPA ratings, in real world driving, the Fit posted the fastest 0-60 times and got the best gas milage in real world driving, and had WAY more room than either of the other 2. I like the Fiesta, it tested quieter and had some nicer materials and apparently has a smooth ride, but I'm not running to trade anytime soon. I will prob look at the new Focus after it's been out awhile.

        http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/10q3/2011_ford_fiesta_vs._2010_honda_fit_2011_mazda_2-comparison_tests/2010_honda_fit_sport_page_4
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While were talking mpg, I'll just throw out there that my mx-5 gets 34 on the highway..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its because you can get a fit sport, with small SUV like storage, which happens to be one of the better handling cars in the the small car class for 16k. And most drivers are able to get near 40MPG in the real world. Its one of those cars that when you drive and compare it stands out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't get the comparison of the Fit to a Fiesta.
        The Fiesta is minuscule by comparison. Adults can't fit in the rear, cargo space is severely hindered, and the performance is really lacking. Fiesta is lots of hype, and doesn't deliver.

        Fiesta should be compared to the tiny Mini Cooper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see the Golf on there. I am looking at turning in the Forester next summer and getting the Golf TDI. I loved the Forester, but I am so tired of 19 mpg and spending $45+ in premium 93 octane fuel each week. Diesel costs about the same as premium, but it would be nice to get about 42-50 mpg in a vehicle that will significantly reduce my weekly fuel costs, and in a vehicle that will have a lower car payment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's rated at 42mpg highway. Don't go expecting 50mpg. If you drive carefully, you can exceed the ratings, but if you're getting 19mpg your Forester, you're not going to exceed the highway rating on a Jetta TDI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      mmm alot of cars not there that I thought would be..


      But I think I want a red car now...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like the Miata is happy to be on that list. Notice it grinning in the background.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Mustang is right!! It is a very well rounded car that truly deserves to be on that list.

      PS. It is not everyday that the best looking car in the picture is at or near the bottom of the price rang!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see the Golf on there. I am looking at turning in the Forester next summer and getting the Golf TDI. I loved the Forester, but I am so tired of 19 mpg and spending $45+ in premium 93 octane fuel each week. Diesel costs about the same as premium, but it would be nice to get about 42-50 mpg in a vehicle that will significantly reduce my weekly fuel costs, and in a vehicle that will have a lower car payment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundais are like eating frog legs or oxtail soup; they may taste great, but I will never get past where they came from.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then you are a fool.

        I am sure there are a lot of other great things in this world that you are missing out on as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Suzuki Kizashi?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh look! It's the C/D Honda Accord, BMW 3 series, and 8 other randomly selected cars list!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fully expected to see the new Chrysler 200 in this group, but I guess the new model was not available by press time. Too bad, I'm sure this new sedan would have faired well against the competition. Maybe next year... But then we will also have the Charger and 300C to do battle with next time around.. oh well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, but the 200 is just a warmed-over Sebring.

        Chrysler's not going to be competing for a 10best nod anytime soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Mustang is right!! It is a very well rounded car that truly deserves to be on that list.

      PS. It is not everyday that the best looking car in the picture is at or near the bottom of the price rang!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      In my book, the Accord, Fit and the MX-5 are overrated in my book. The Accord is lackluster, the Fit is not the best car in its segment and well the Miata is a Miata. There has to be better cars out there that C & D could have picked. How about the Fiesta, Corvette and the last one could be a toss up, but I am not sure what it is.....
      I am definitely not buying this issue....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Other comments already explain why the Fit beat the Fiesta.

        As for the MX-5... Motor Trend ranked it the 3rd best driver's car, ahead of your precious Corvette at 6th. So don't diss the little roadster until you've tried it.
        http://www.motortrend.com/features/performance/112_0910_2009_best_drivers_car/2009_mazda_mx_5_miata.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Snowman

        Everyone loves to bash on the Corvette's interior, and I do not understand why. Have you ever been in a newer Corvette, or are you just going by what "They" say? I have ridden in many Corvettes, and though the interior is nothing to write home about, it is not that bad, especially for a non-luxury car where the name of the game is performance.

        With that said, no matter what GM does with the Corvette's interior, it will never make a list of best cars because of its interior, ever!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Corvette a 10 Best Car? Really? With that interior? Seriously?

        It's a good deal, don't get me wrong, but come on Vette's interior is the poster child of Old GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        don't ever diss the MX-5 Miata, it is arguably the purest sports car that money can buy today.
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