Automobile Magazine has compiled a list of the best autos for 2010. This is despite the auto industry coming off its worst year in recent history. The cars were measured on performance, significance, and pure enthusiast appeal.
Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine said, “We whittled down a list of thirty-nine finalists to the ten All-Stars. The end results produced a list of true standouts, spanning a wide range of the automotive spectrum.”
Here are some of the cars that we liked best from the list.
Base price range: $48,550-$62,450
According to Automobile Magazine, the Porsche Boxster roadster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman, are as close as a car company can get to the perfect everyday sports car. With fully optioned models climbing to $70K and beyond, the Boxster/Cayman isn’t cheap, but buying one will allow you to achieve sports car nirvana.
Base Price Range: $46,575-$52,475
The previous Z4 was a little rough and tough, a little unsophisticated, and undeniably masculine. BMW took a good look at its customers’ needs and traded racetrack readiness for everyday elegance. The interior is a marvel of simplicity and elegance, the sheetmetal is at once sexy, sultry, and supremely muscular, and 60 mph can be yours in five to six seconds, depending on the powertrain combination you choose.
Base price: $44,725
The BMW 335d is the most important car this year to get lost in the crowd. Going from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds, the 335d is game for hard driving, but its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel six-cylinder also returns subcompact-like fuel economy. There is no other car that combines performance and fuel economy at this level.
Base price range: $52,000-$80,000
When the XF received significant improvements for 2010, including three new V-8 engines, Jaguar was rewarded for making a good thing even better.
The XF/XFR is both a sports car and a luxury touring sedan, and its uncompromising practicality and refreshed performance establish the Jaguar XF as an All-Star.