Each year, the scribes at Car and Driver go through every new vehicle on sale and pick the ten best cars available here in the United States. And while some major automotive awards are only shelled out to vehicles that are all-new or significantly updated for a certain model year, C/D's approach is to look at the full scope of cars currently on sale. After all, there are some cars that are simply perennial favorites, even if they haven't changed year over year.

For 2012, the Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai Sonata have fallen off the list to make room for the Audi A6/A7 and Ford Focus. The other eight vehicles that round out the 10Best list have carried over from the 2011 winners, but we can't say we're surprised. These ten cars indeed represent some of the best vehicles on sale today.

The 2012 Car and Driver 10Best winners are: Head over to Car and Driver to read the full 10Best roundup, and follow the jump to see a video of this year's winning fleet, then check in to Comments to share your thoughts on C/D's list.



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        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's spelled C-A-M-A-R-O.
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          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          not as bad
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        Carphanatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm not claiming that I've driven the new(ish) Mustang, but there are a fair amount of journalists who would disagree with you.
        Tony Beninate
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good. Please don't buy one then. I like mine to be a bit more elite. In other news, the gearbox is very crisp, visibility is great (for a modern car) and the engine has immediate response. Interior is nice as well. Not sure what you were in.
        Darnell Robeson
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry u feel that way
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          Who is paying you? The Japanese unions? Do you see it now? How idiotic such a statement is when it is turned around on you?
        mikemaj82
        • 3 Years Ago
        yea Mustangs are a dime a dozen. boring people buy them. and Ford paint and transmissions are terrible.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        It sounds to me like you have never even been in a Mustang. I guess it's just easier to regurgitate what some of the haters say. If you think it makes you look "cool", or informed, guess what, it doesn't. As one who drives a 2006 Mustang GT coupe daily, I can assure you that the visibility is fine, and certainly better than many other newer vehicles I have been in . Is it as easy to see out of as some of the old "fishbowls" from 20 years ago? No, but name me a vehicle that is. As for the interior looking cheap, compared to what? It's a nice improvement from the 05-09, and vast improvement from the Sn-95 and Fox Body. I also wouldn't put it behind any of the cars in it's segment, and would even say it is better than that found in the much more expensive Corvette. So I ask, what has you convinced that the Mustang "is a horrible car"? What would you suggest to someone looking for an affordable performance car?
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          The only thing I would wonder about with a new Mustang is all the gearbox troubles people have been having. I'll give you it's most likely the best "WOOHOO" for the buck, and I am curious to drive a 302. I've driven a 70 or 71 (can't remember which year exactly) Mach 1, a 65 I think it was, a couple of Fox bodies (even an LX notchy!), and a 2000 GT with a centrifugal supercharger on it. Been a while since I got some seat time in one, and I'd love to see how much better the live axle is in the current models.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          It appears the Mustang haters are out in full force as well. LOL No you, just all of the other idiots agreeing with completely retarded comments, and voting down anyone with even a half thought out response that is not bending over backwards to praise all things Japanese. Back to topic. That is a genuine concern, but I don't think it is an issue with most. People love blowing things out of proportion. As for the ride? I would say it rides better than what one could expect from than the first all-independent Corvette (63-67). That's all I have to compare it to, as far as older cars go. With that said, if one is looking for a luxury car ride, then this is not for them. That's my .002
      bman78
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would rather see the Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, or the Ford Fiesta over the Honda fit
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        @bman78
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          bman78
          • 3 Years Ago
          i respect your opinion but if you look at the cost of the car and the equipment that you get I just don't see the fit being a good value anymore. When the fit and the versa first came out they where on top of the small car segment but I think they both have been passed this year and need to be updated.
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          fivesix7eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          All the glitchy, cumbersome, and novelty tech is nice when it works. C&D even pit the Fit Sport against the top tier Fiesta SES and Mazda2. Guess which car came out on top? http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/ford-fiesta-vs-honda-fit-vs-mazda-2-comparison-test I wouldn't even put the Rio or Accent in the same comparison, they both need a few years of more R&D in refinement before they can compete against the likes of the Fiesta or the Fit.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bman78
        The Fit beat each of those in a recent C&D comparison test. It might be older, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Nightflight, a far superior way of evaluating a vehicle than reading car magazines ( with blatant bias no less ) or blogs is get some seat of pants and experience some actual hands on...I respect peoples opinions that have actually practiced that scenario and can back up the "blurts" but armchair experts that have done no more than utilize a keyboard I quickly dis-regard...especially ones that type then instantaneously vote themselves up whilst accusing others of "trolling".....funny when it comes to cars and blogs as a whole..EVERYONES an expert. The Fit is good in its class...the "best"...with hands on I question that vehemetly.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is the accord on there?
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Ya, while not a bad car by no means, they're are far better midsize sedans that deserved the spot. Maybe C@D feel bad for Honda? I know I don't.
        thedriveatfive
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        No doubt because they had a honda ad or two in the last months edition.
        John S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Because its still not bad. If I were to buy one, the coupe would be it. I agree that the Fit should be off the list though. I'm willing to bet one or both of them won't be on next years list.
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        @cashsixeight
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      ryanmit01
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where I live, the Sonata has replaced the Camry and the Accord. I think the Accord is a bad selection. I would also remove the Fit and replace it with the Chevy Sonic or Fiat 500.
        airchompers
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryanmit01
        Have you driven the Fit and the 500 and Sonic? The Fit is less expensive, more practical, and a much more entertaining car to drive. Also, it's a good Honda it will last 200,000 miles easy.
          ryanmit01
          • 3 Years Ago
          @airchompers
          Yes, I've driven a Fit and I hated it. A Radio Flyer wagon has a nicer ride. I haven't had the chance to drive a Sonic, but I'm looking forward to sampling the 6 speed manual with the turbo. I suggested the 500 or Sonic because C&D typically likes to reward new entries once in awhile (see Volt last year). I live in South Florida and there are thousands of retirees down here. They used to drive only Camrys and Accords, now they are switching to the Sonata. I drive a CTS-V sedan...so I definitely agree with that pick. ;-)
        protovici
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryanmit01
        I basically hate the GM, BUT the Sonic beats out the FIt (not by much) and the Accord is on a downward slope. Honda is starting to track the same way Toyota with poor quality. How I know this.... two family members have Accords. Not once was for Honda. I suggest they take a page out of Fords book, redesign and engineer all models for a fresh start, but keep that old honda feel because the new feel sucks!
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda FIt? *barf*
      Johnny
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL @ Honda Fit. Really? My kid's Power Wheel has better handling and performance, not to mention cabin space, than that POS.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny
        Funny, because it has the best chassis in its class, decent engine output for what it is, and A TON of cabin space.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny
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          jah-nay
          • 3 Years Ago
          The Fit's handling, performance,and fuel economy is inferior to the Fiesta and the Sonic. The Fit does have class leading cabin space and Honda reliability but that's it. The Accord is class leading in zero categories. The competition has passed Honda by!
        Julius
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny
        Kinda hard to deny it, especially since it still took first in an econobox comparo earlier in the year.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just say no to the Honda Fit. I have driven and rode in one of these crates,.......no thanks.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        watch out Renaurd, your opinion makes you open to Austins wrath.....
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        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        any mention of buzzy engine and road noise?....good car, but over-rated....
          EverythingBagel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I'll take a buzzy engine and road noise over an isolated unengaging ride anyday.
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          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Austin, I bought TWO comparitive vehicles in the fits class, I drove em all including the fit, its strong point was utility, there was absolutely NOTHING else that stood out...NOTHING.....have you driven ANY of the competition...put up or shut up.....and NVH SUCKS, and is one item i list at/ near the top.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Austin...here ya go.....good car for sure, the best NO...but its practicality is 2nd to none. As speckled with warts as it is, you kind of wonder how the Fit wound up eclipsing the Fiesta. Perspective: Only the $5365 CHEAPER Yaris saves it from being the noisiest car of the quartet, as well as the worst riding (with just a bit less pitching motion than the stubby Toyota). Worse, it came within a whisker of being beaten down the dragstrip by the 106-horsepower Yaris, stopped in the longest distance from 60 mph...and for that, Honda expects to you to pay $19,820 for all this wonderfulness Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/1006_ford_fiesta_honda_fit_toyota_yaris_nissan_versa_comparison/viewall.html#ixzz1fnB61wmf
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          to which I answer Austin, get out more and actually check out the competition rather than armchair worshipping all that is Honda.....I seriously doubt youve had hands on with ANY of the fits Competition....
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          wrong Austin so quit talking out you A$$, heres a couple of other things noticed, brakes were weak, slamming the door sounded like a tin can, road noise was high, along with bump thump and the high rpms at a cruising speed of 75 became tiresome to say the least, that said, I DID like the car, but there most definitely are superior alternatives out there.....but hey, the fact i actually got off my backside and DID some comparisons makes me a troll huh?.....also helps being in the car business for 25 years and seeing how vehicles are holding up after 40 or 50k..... as well, one reason i didnt buy Chevy.....although the Cruze does nothing for me and wasnt on the list...I spoke with my wallet Austin, unlike you and a keyboard...THATS actually trolling I beleive.....idiot.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          hey Columbian, that response is reflective of TOTAL ignorance, I have owned a volvo, a nissan, a Supra, a mustang, 2 Acuras, 3 fords 3 BMWs and a Mini Cooper.....last I looked a majority of those vehicles had absolutely NOTHING to do with the Auto Workers Union...you sir are a total moron.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        i was surprised how well the Fit handles, but this best part is how practical it is. That car can hold some much cr*p!! Unlike my 2 seater.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          and THATS its ultimate strength...NOTHING comes close to its utility.
        Memphis
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sonic should have been placed in that spot not the Fit.
      David J. Bernstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, the list never changes. BMW & Driver, excuse me, Car & Driver's 10 Best List is boring. Seriously. The same cars every year. BORING. The BMW 3 series is so overrated. It handles well and that's it. Other cars in its class offer a combination of dynamism and everyday practicality. I get that Car & Driver is extremely sports-biased, but give me a break that the 3 series makes it every year. BORING.
        xspeedy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        Mr. Bernstein, Thou are ignorant. Regards, The Public
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        @David J. Bernstein
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        @David J. Bernstein
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          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          who cares what fried rice has to say?!
          evannever
          • 3 Years Ago
          The most basic research on the internet proves that your "straight line" comparison is BS, unless you're comparing a the 328i to the high end Acura and Infiniti. (apples to oranges, my friend) But why let facts or objective thought get in the way of your incessant trolling. Did you notice the Lexus IS wasn't on that list ...because I did.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        What do you want them to do? Rotate it to make sure everyone gets their turn?
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Accord? Come ON.
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Solid list. But why so much Honda hate with the Accord and Fit? I could see if they picked the Civic or something (which I wouldn't pick even as a Honda fan), but the Accord and Fit still have the core Honda elements to them: being light, fun to drive and balanced. Plus you can still get a manual with both of them, not just base models. No the styling isn't the most beautiful and the tech is a little dated, but they're not horrible like some seem. I honestly thought the Accord would get knocked off by the Passat. Seeing it on the list was surprising. Regardless, this is just THEIR OPINION. Some of you are taking it way too seriously, almost personally. My 10 Best Garage: Black A7 Orange Boss 302 Red Accord coupe 5 speed Miata (Yes, it's Miata with me. MX-5 who?) White Cayman Congrats to all winners. Competition just means more good stuff for us consumers. Can't go wrong with anything these days honestly.
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        That's only five cars! :D
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        @Smooth
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          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          i can't believe you are the one quoting "Haters gotta hate. Trolls gotta troll." Everyone on this site knows YOU are the worst and biased troll this site has ever seen, except for vwfailagain/vwlolfail etc... i just can't believe you just wrote this.
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