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USA Today looked at cars on sale between 2000 and 2009 and ranked them in order of most improved. Before you get hot and heavy in the comments, let us remind you that they are only talking about the way the cars look. Not how they perform. Trust us, there will be plenty for you to get angry about as is.

We noticed that there were a few cars USA Today left off the list that the vehicular brain trust here at the blog about autos thinks are very much improved. The Ford Taurus being one example. Sure, the new Taurus is large, but the old Taurus (aka Ford 500) was a bulbous bore.

But our real choice is the Maserati Gran Turismo, especially as the last generation Maser GT looked, well, lousy. Or at least like something Maserati might have sold when Chrysler owned them. That said, take a peek at the gallery, and discuss USA Today's list amongst yourselves.

Chevy Malibu
  • Chevy Malibu
  • Good choice. While we're still not huge fans of the Malibu's front end, every other angle is wonderful. Especially that C-pillar
Ford Mustang
  • Ford Mustang
  • Another solid entry. The ancient, second gen Fox body 'Stang only attracted the die hards. Now secretaries are loving it.
Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius
  • Uh... We say no, because while the second and third gen Priuses (Priui?) look better than the fishy first gen, they are still miles away from being good looking
Hyundai Sonato
  • Hyundai Sonato
  • The thing is, we think they're talking about the current Sonata, not the "Fluidic Sculpture" 2011 model. The 2009 Sonata looks like a paper bag with headlights. So, no.
Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Altima
  • Our less than stellar photograph notwithstanding, duh. Absolutely improved.
Kia Sportage
  • Kia Sportage
  • What? No.
Cadillac CTS
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Hmmm. So, we're actually fans of the first generation CTS. So if a car wasn't bad looking to begin with should it be on the list? That said, many of us here feel that the new CTS is the best looking car on sale, period. And yes, we know the Coupe isn't on sale yet. We simply don't care. LOOK AT IT!
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Missed it by that much. While the new C-Class is OK looking, it still suffers from a minor case of Sebring-itus. Meaning that the front end appears to be too big for the rest of the vehicle. If we had to choose a Benz, we woulda picked the new E-Class, especially the Coupe. But we probably wouldn't have picked a Benz.
Cadillac Escalade
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Two Caddys! While there is no doubt that the first iteration of Cadillac's luxo-truck was a dog (looks and otherwise), the new 'Slade does have that all important gangsta-look. So, sure, why not?
Saturn Vue
  • Saturn Vue
  • So, fat and blobular is better than trim and angular? We're just going to go ahead and say no.

[Source: USA Today]

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