The Top 10 Cars Of 2010 and Auto Manufacturer Of The Year

By | December 31, 2010

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Guess what? Tomorrow this whole year 2010 trend ends, ushering in a future full of more auto shows, racing events at Miller Motorsports Park, and Kirstie Alley pie eating jokes (how did that even start…?). And as much as “out with the old, in with the new” is a common saying during the new year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our favorite cars of 2010. The criteria for our top 10 was…well, personal preferences. That could include anything from performance to technical innovation to looks. But mostly looks. In no particular order here they are:

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458- The newest member to the Ferrari family and the best performing entry model to wear the prancing pony badge in a long time, if not ever. The fact that it looks like Heidi Klum 30 seconds before sexy time doesn’t hurt anything either.

92 Ford Escort- No computer aids, no anti-lock brakes, no back seats. Just enough to make any driver smile.

Fiat 500

Fiat 500- Our philosophy has always been that small cars with adequate  power and great handing results in the most possible fun that a driver can have. If you buy into  that, then the Fiat Egg 500 should be at the top of your list.

V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage- Just don’t look at the gaudy and completely unnecessary vents on the hood. If you can get past them, you’ll see the massive bonnet that houses a V12 in a car that was designed for a V8. That’s 50% more cylinders for 50% more price.

Ford SVT Raptor

Ford SVT Raptor- You know those Big Mac commercials where the burger always looks perfect, but when you get it, it’s nothing like what was shown in the ad? Well this bait and switch isn’t what you get with Ford’s new SVT Raptor. The hardcore look, aggressive stance, and standard off-roading hardware goodies that come stock with the truck aren’t just for show. They work. So says our video of us in Ford’s demo Raptor on the off-road course at SEMA.

Gallardo Superleggera

Lambroghini Gallardo Superleggera- Lamborghini’s Gallardo Superleggera is the Italian embodiment of that famous supercar saying that the more you pay the less you get. Lambo’s taken a lot out resulting in a lot less weight and that’s totally ok with us. The only thing heavier is the price tag but we can just ignore that for now.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang- 300 horsepower from a base V6? What more needs to be said? The newest generation of Ford’s iconic ponycar is the best one yet and the most appealing American sports car available right now.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe

BMW 1-Series M Coupe- It’s small, nimble, and faster than the outgoing M5 around the Nurburgring. The larger wheel flares even effectively move it away from its “chick car” image to something more manly. “Ellen DeGeneres car” maybe?

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta- As if Ford needed another car on this list. The Fiesta hatchback proves that designing a good looking B-segment car is totally possible. Oh ya, it’s also a blast to drive and outruns baddie Corvettes in shopping malls according to Jeremy Clarkson. The sedan model on the other hand is a gift from Satan.

Lancia Stratos GT2

Lancia Stratos Reincarnation- If ever a car screamed “crisis”, this would be it. And if the road-going version wasn’t awesome enough already, the new Stratos’ GT2 racing sister resets the bar on hot cars.

And…

Auto Manufacturer of the Year- It’s Ford, who else? Not only did they manage to practically sweep the list above but they’re actually producing cars that people want. Factor in the growing standardization of their EcoBoost engines and America can finally prove that we can build some kick-ass cars again!

Tell us which cars you agree with, disagree with, and what cars you’d add to the list in the comments below!

[Chad Waite]


1 Comment

Bradn101 on December 31, 2010 at 11:33 pm.

Go Ford

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