Change! Unlike last year, in which Car and Driver's 10Best list was populated with almost exactly the same vehicles as the year before – the only change between 2012 and 2013 was that the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins took the position previously occupied by the Cadillac CTS-V. By contrast, 2014 brings with it several notable additions and subtractions. But first, let's look at what carries over from 2013 to '14: the Audi A6/A7/S6/S7 family, the BMW 3 Series/4 Series family, the Honda Accord, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.

That's a mighty fine list of machinery there, to be sure. But you may notice a few glaring omissions, most notably, in our eyes at least, the Mazda MX-5 Miata. For those keeping track, the little Japanese sports car had been on the list for eight consecutive years, ending in 2013, for a total of 14 appearances since hitting the market in 1989. Given the model's age and the rest of this new 10 Best list, we don't think Mazda will be too disappointed, however. Also missing is the Ford Focus/Focus ST and Mustang, which made it in 2013 in GT and Boss 302 guises. Finally, the Honda Fit falls off, along with the aforementioned FR-S and BRZ coupes.

So, fully half of last year's 10Best cars were removed for 2014. Here are the new faces: Want to know the reasoning behind what's leftover and what's brand new? Head on over to Car and Driver for the complete rundown, scroll down below for a video, and feel free to let us know what you think of the magazine's 10Best Cars for 2014 in the Comments.


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      eric.sales
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the Tesla should make this list also
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eric.sales
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          b.rn
          • 1 Year Ago
          As are the Audis, BMWs, Caddys, and Porsches
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eric.sales
        Tesla is made purely of smoke and mirrors. You can take that figuratively OR literally.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RetrogradE
          Lance: It was a play on the fires. "smoke". Get it?
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rather catch a Siesta than be in a Fiesta.
      tiger
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car and Driver has been, is, and always will be a crap publication.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad to see the Mazda's on there, they really deserve the praise.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Mazda!
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      So many negatives about the BMW's in their reviews yet they still make the 10 best???
        Stridenttube
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bullitt2605
        They do this with every generation. When the e90 came out the e46 was the better car, now that the f30 is out the E90 is the last true BMW. All the car mags will go back to worshipping the 3 after the M3/M4 is on the market. Nothing drives like a 3.
          rsxvue
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          Not necessarily. Although nothing drives like a 3, the 3 is starting to drive like everything else. That's my way of saying BMW is softening its driver focused motto and the competition is catching up.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bullitt2605
        But BMW is #1 in ad dollars spent at C/D. Its all about the money.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bullitt2605
        So in the last comparison test May 2013 the BMW lost to the Lexus IS350, so where is the Lexus on this list? I suspect AP may be correct it's about the $$$$$ with BMW.
          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          It's terribly ugly. And terribly slow.
      Fazzster
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fact that the aging Mk6 Golf/GTI makes the 10 best among the newest hardware is testament to how good this car is....which is why I own one...
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fazzster
        GAG...please stroke yourself somewhere else.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry but the Accord and 3 Series are on for political reasons. Either C&D keeps them on due to perks from the manufacturers, or they do it just to rile up their readers. C&D refuses to drop them even when they lose comparison tests. The reason they give is something lame like "when you look at the entire range offering it is a better car" even though maybe only 1 model variation in the lineup is the only good one. The current 3 has been routinely trashed for it's rough 4cyl turbo, shaky start/stop system, and odd styling. Many reviewers feel the ATS is now more sporting and even the IS350 routinely beats it. The 3 has become soft and more luxury oriented. But they won't drop it. I dumped my C&D subscription ages ago because of crap decisions like this.
        npier598
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Agree about 3 series. But the Accord, while not very exciting, is a well-engineered vehicle (good MPG, refinement and crash-test scores), with graceful lines and good reliability. A lot of car for the money.
        Andrew Ramos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I think the ATS chassis is second to none. However, the N20 engine found in the f30 3 series is the best 2.0t i've ever driven.
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since when does the 10 BEST include families of cars??? WTF?! I suppose since an VW AUDI Golf A3 is the same as a phaeton passat A8 they just include the damn thing. Will it just migrate to 10 best Manufactures?
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        Completely agree! It's a terrible list - Motor Trend's Car Of The Year is so much better executed.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      The two Mazdas were BY FAR the most attractive of the group.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
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        ScottT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Close, I only have 7 of the cars in front of the two Mazda's in terms of attractiveness (they do beat the Accord for me). Really surprised not to see the MX-5 on the list.
          drew
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ScottT
          I imagine it'll be back come the redesign.
      omgcool
      • 1 Year Ago
      After keeping that dog 8th generation Accord on the list, I'm convinced the Accord is only on there out of tradition. I struggle to take C&Ds lists seriously anymore.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've never liked the 10 best much. It is such a cop out. I get it that they are not trying to pick the best from each class, but it makes the list terribly redundant. Pick the A6/S6 OR the CTS. Pick the Mazda 3 OR the Golf. Pick the Corvette OR the Porsche. Pick the Accord OR the Mazda 6. How can all of those cars make the list when half of them are not even best in the class they compete in? I would just prefer it to be broken down by category. Best family sedan. Best compact. Best sports sedan. Best luxury sedan. Best sports car. Best sport compact car. Best coupe. Best convertible/roadster. Best muscle car. Best cheap car (under $15k). Then give the runner up an honorable mention. Best family sedan: Honda Accord Runner up: Mazda 6 Best compact car: Mazda 3 Runner up: VW Golf Best sports sedan: BMW 3 series Runner up: Cadillac ATS Best Luxury sedan: Cadillac CTS Runner up: Audi A6/A7 Best sports car: Chevrolet Corvette Runner up: Porsche Cayman Best sport compact: Ford Fiesta ST Runner up: VW GTI Best muscle car: Chevrolet Camaro Runner up: Ford Mustang Best convertible: Porsche Boxter Runner up: Mazda Miata Best coupe: Audi S5 Runner up: BMW 4 series Best under $15K: Chevrolet Sonic Runner up: Ford Fiesta
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