2017 Year In Review – Worst Vehicles Of The Year
While there were certainly quite a few excellent debuts that dropped in 2017 (just check out our list here, the past year in the automotive world brought along its fair share of duds as well. Whether it was some lackluster hybrid supercar, a space-filler crossover, an overpriced sedan, or a pair of ancient sports cars tarted up as brand-new models, no segment was safe from the ravages of awful entries. And, as stalwart purveyors of opinions in all things four-wheeled, it’s our job to bring together the worst of the offenders here in the following year in review list. And while we’d love to give you a catalog of all the cars that got under our skin this year, we’re gonna leave the extended rants to our resident curmudgeon Pops, thus limiting this collection of craptacular cars to just five spots, including the worst supercar, the worst truck or SUV, the worst luxury sedan, the worst luxury coupe, and the worst sports car.
Of course, these are just our opinions on the matter – we wanna know what you think as well. Tell us in the comments section below, whether it’s something awful we missed, or if we missed the mark by calling one of these machines the worst!
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2017 Year In Review – Best Vehicles Of The Year
With 2017 now headed for the history books, it’s a great time to take a moment to reflect on all the things we saw over the past 365 days. This year was practically overflowing with desirable new metal, with fresh debuts dropping in just about every category out there. Throughout it all, we here at TopSpeed have been bringing you the latest and greatest, with in-depth coverage on all the major auto shows, tons of written reviews, driving impressions, and more, all of which gave us a pretty good handle on all the good stuff. With that in mind, we had a little company pow wow, tossed around our personal favorites, and came up with the following list of the best vehicles of the year. We’ve broken it down into five categories, including the best supercar, the best truck and SUV, the best luxury sedan, the best luxury coupe, and the best sports car.
Believe us when we say it wasn’t easy making this list. There was a lot of top-notch rides to choose from, but choose we did. Read on for the list, and don’t forget to add your picks in the comments section below!
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2017 Recap - Successful Debuts and Flops
2018 is just around the corner, and it’s that time of the year when we look back on what happened over the last 12 months in the automotive industry. Needless to say, 2017 has been a busy year with five major auto shows in Europe and North America plus a few more important car events in Shanghai and at SEMA. More than a hundred new cars have been launched, with countless concepts previewing vehicles and technologies that we will get in production models in a few years. We’ve seen semi-autonomous cars go into production and significant progress made toward electrification with significant gains in hybrid and all-electric drivetrain technology.
We saw spectacular supercars bow in Detroit, Geneva, New York, and Frankfurt, alongside redesigned or updated cars and SUVs for the average Joe. But the industry also spawned a few flops this year. Cars that didn’t live up to the pre-launch hype, concepts that didn’t bring actual novelties, and Asian automakers that copied European designs inch by inch. I’ve included all of the above in this end-of-the-year recap, so we can look back on both the successful debuts and the flops that we witnessed from January through December 2017. Keep reading to find out what got me excited and disappointed this year.
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels
As a child, I used to fantasize all the time about zipping around the galaxy in my own personal spaceship. I still do, actually, but that’s not the point. The point is that the folks who call the shots at the world’s top automakers are just as prone to flights of fancy, but unlike the cardboard-box dreams you and I have, these people have the means to make it happen – on four wheels, that is. And that’s awesome, because if you take a second to look around, you’ll realize automotive spaceships are all over the place. Here’s our Top 5.
The criteria for this list are pretty simple. First off, we limited it to production cars, which means no one-offs. However, race cars and anything not street legal is okay, given that highway patrol has yet to deploy a space division. Beyond that, warp speeds and exotic materials are a must, as is interplanetary styling.
All strapped in? Enjoy the flight! Three… two… one…
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Top 5 Cars Sold at Gooding & Company Auction During Monterey Car Week 2016
When it comes to major auctions, it’s pretty common to find various Ferrari models at the top of the list. This year, the auctions taking place during Monterey Car Week were wild as usual. Mecum auctions turned out some amazing vehicles with the top 10 cars pulling in nearly $20 million, but that’s nowhere near the kind of numbers we saw at the Gooding & Company auction. In fact, Gooding’s number for the top five cars was more than double that of Mecum’s top 10 – pretty wild right?
Gooding had a lot of cars listed, and 160 of those lots actually sold. Some of the lower-priced cars include models like a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupe for $412,500, a 1988 Porsche 959 Comfort for $1,320,000, a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans for $143,000, a 1928 Morris Oxford for just $49,400, and there was even a 1968 Iso Grifo 7 Litri that sold for $682,000. Okay, so some of those numbers might night be “low” for some of us, but in the grand scheme of things, none of them are much when you consider the most expensive car sold at Gooding this year commanded just of $18 million. More about that later, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s a Ferrari. Shocker, right?
Well, with that said, let’s take a good look at Gooding’s top five from this year at Monterey and talk a little about them. There’s just something about these high-dollar collectibles that really gets the blood flowing, isn’t there?
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-Tech Cars
In case you hadn’t noticed, the year is 2016, people, and it’s high time we get this whole technology thing kicked into high gear. Yeah, I know you can post cat videos and catch virtual pocket monsters, but I’m talking about real tech, stuff that can actually change the world in a profound way. Not that that video of Mr. Snowball chasing the laser pointer isn’t worthwhile, I’m just saying we can do better. Thankfully, there’s at least a few automakers out there pushing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels, and we’re all a whole lot better for it.
In this list, we’ve compiled the top five high-tech cars you can go buy right now. You know, with money. And while they might not be powered by trilithium extract or be made from carbonized uranium, these five vehicles represent the bleeding edge of transportation. Is your ride among them?
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TopSpeed’s Top Automotive Picks For Moms
It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.
What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!
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2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show
I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?
The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.
The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.
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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show
The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.
There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.
So, without further ado…
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Now that the 2016 North American International Auto Show approaching its final days in Detroit, it’s time to put some thought into what the manufacturers brought to the show. We’ve already covered the best in show, including vehicles like the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, and let’s not forget the 2016 Buick Avista Concept.
While these models surely brought a lot to the show, there were also a few that weren’t exactly worth writing home about. To be fair, there was a lot of stiff competition at the show, and it’s not exactly easy to emerge from the shadows of a vehicle like the 2016 Acura Precision Concept, 2017 Mercedes E-Class, or 2017 Lexus LC 500. But, when you bring a model that doesn’t make a lot of sense – like the Smart ForTwo Cabrio, for instance – you’re going to pick up some criticism on your way out the door.
With that said, we’ve put together a short list of vehicles that we weren’t exactly fond of. Was there anything you didn’t particularly like? Let us know in the comment section, we would love to hear your thoughts on the show.
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The 2016 North American International Auto Show, otherwise known as the Detroit Auto Show, is officially in the books. The automakers have debuted a slew of new products, both production-ready and concept-only. There were certainly some outlandish stuff on the show floor, but a handful stole the show.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite debuts at Detroit. Each is incredibly important to their respective brands – either as a design study or as a revamped model that was much needed. There’s no doubt 2016 will be just as exciting as 2015 as we head towards the decade’s end.
Let us know your favorite Detroit debut was in the comment section, or if you think we missed something.
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When the end of civilization as we know it comes…what will you drive? That’s one of the first questions to pop to my mind when it comes to The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, The Stand or other post-apocalypse fare. Not to mention the Mad Max series, which pretty much bases itself around this question.
It’s not really that absurd or obsessive a consideration. After all (concerns of long-term fuel availability aside), when it comes to being able to get away from trouble, a vehicle is going to be one of your most important pieces of survival equipment. A car or truck can also provide protection from the elements and help to haul loads that are too heavy to carry.
Everyone’s got a favorite "zombie-fighting" vehicle, of course, but what would you really want to drive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? The topic has been much discussed over repeat viewings of "The Walking Dead" at my house. Is the key really to jump into the first Humvee or armored HEMMT you can find and not look back? Not necessarily.
I’m not talking about modified battle cars. If you’re going to strap on armor and smash into your enemies, grab up all the Toyota Camrys and Chevy Camaros that you can and go to town. What I’m considering is more fundamental transportation, the vehicle that’s going to carry the most supplies, take you the farthest, and be the most reliable. Adding armor and weapons to protect yourself from hostile mutants is another discussion entirely.
For helping to find the best cars for teens, the internet is completely useless. (Um, present company excepted.) Of course, you probably already know that, having likely found this article in your Google search results among similar lists compiled by people who have long forgotten life before mortgages. Oh, yes, Forbes — do tell how every teen would simply love a 2012 Kia. Because that’s totally a thing that your average 16-year-old could afford to buy and insure, and it will never wind up hidden in shame at the back of the biggest parking lot available. Yup. Rock on, old people.
But, maybe that’s being a little unfair to parents. Fact is, most teens will end up with hand-me-downs anyway, and you want them to have something that’s reliable, practical and above all, safe. The sobering reality here is that automobile accidents are by far the No.1 killer of people 15 to 19 years old. Forget suicide, murder, poisoning and drugs like The Reefer — car accidents typically kill more teens every year than all of those things combined.
So, there’s a fine balance to strike here. As a parent, you don’t want to put your kids in a deathtrap or encourage them to be self-destructive hooligans. But as a teenager, it’s pretty much your full-time job to be a self-destructive hooligan. About the only thing both parties can agree on is that they don’t want to spend a fortune in buy-in, insurance and gas.
So, here’s Topspeed’s list of five vehicles that tick everybody’s boxes — or at least make for a decent compromise. We’re going back 20 years, primarily on the basis that hand-me-downs and buying cheap are primary considerations for most people. But unlike most people, we’re also going to take into account style, customization opportunities, how the car fits into the average teen’s lifestyle, and (deep breath) even sportiness. In short, all the stuff that goes into picking out a car that teens won’t hate.
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The other day, Topspeed posted a reprint of "The 10 Greatest Car Movies Ever," originally put together by "The Jennings Motor Group." According to the internet, Jennings is a group of Ford, Kia, Mazda and SEAT dealers in Northeastern England. They promise customer satisfaction, and we’ve got every reason to believe them. But as to their taste in car movies...employing that grandest of all British social commentaries...
Don’t get me wrong: I do appreciate that fully more than half the list is made up of American movies. Thank you, England. We also make excellent bacon and drone robots. Three of the 10 also make our Top Ten list, most notably the First Place entry. But come on, mates. Bullitt? That wasn’t a car movie. It was a detective story that had one good car chase, and only then because everything with Steve McQueen has a car chase. Same with The Italian Job and American Graffiti. Good movies involving cars, but not good car movies. Two cars, one race or one chase does not a car movie make.
Car movies are about the love of the machine; driving it, building it or just being around it. Of course character and story are important — they are in any movie. But a car movie is one where the culture of the characters is framed around the cars; not one where cars make a cameo appearance. More than anything else, a great car movie needs to remind us of what we love about automobiles: mechanical beauty, power, speed, sex appeal, rebellion and freedom.
With that in mind, here’s Topspeed’s list of the REAL Top Ten Car Movies of All Time.
With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.
As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.
Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?
Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the nation-wide rush to collect maximum savings from those shameless Black Friday offers is now officially in full swing. There are few things the U.S. loves more than a good deal, and those seeking to (sometimes literally) beat the crowds on this sales crusade should expect anything and everything, from mildly annoyed grandmas, to highly trained, militant retail extremists sporting linoleum-colored camouflage and laser-guided credit cards. This is the big time, a world-renowned annual orgy of consumption that makes the Battle of Helm’s Deep look like a cheese and cracker after party. People will literally go crazy over a flat-screen HD television available for $328, or a 10-speed electric food mixer for $199. Forget the hospital bills, you’d be crazy not to go shopping today!
It’s tough out there, and to survive, you’ll need a vehicle capable of weathering the discount hurricane. The masses will almost certainly devolve to the point of barbarism, so before stepping into the fray, consider our list of ideal Black Friday Deal Haulers. Then clip those coupons, load up the chariot, pack a snack next to the pepper spray, and charge!
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With the LA Auto Show now behind us, we can pause and reflect on all the automotive goodness that took place in that California convention hall. This list is our top-10 coolest from the show — some cars, some crossovers, and a truck thrown in for good measure — all demonstrating a forward leap in design, technology, appeal, or performance.
Our list includes brands from around the world, including a handful of U.S.-based automakers. The vehicles are all new or heavily revised for 2015 or the upcoming 2016 model year and show marked improvement over their predecessor in one or more of the categories listed above.
If you find yourself disagreeing with our choices or feel we excluded your favorite pick, let us know in the comments below. So without further ado, click on down for our 10 coolest cars of the LA Auto Show. Keep in mind the list is in no particular order.
Check out our top-10 list after the jump.
Luca di Montezemolo has become a legend in the automotive industry. He was the man that helped lead a failing Ferrari into record profits, unsurpassed sales, and record-setting Formula One performances. Now after 23 years as the president of the Prancing Horse brand, Luca is stepping down next month. Thanks to differences between him and Sergio Marchionne, the head of Ferrari parent company Fiat, Luca has decided that his time with the Italian automaker needs to come to an end.
To celebrate what he has accomplished, I have compiled a small list of some of the memorable things that happened to the company while he was at the helm, as well as looking at five of the greatest cars that Ferrari produced during his tenure.
Feel free to comment with your thoughts on his leaving the company, your favorite Ferrari from the Montezemolo era, as well as your favorite Ferrari memories and moments. Let’s send this great man off with a celebration of what he has accomplished.
You will be missed.
The term "sleeper car" goes back to the 1950s, when American manufacturers started building high output cars that would eventually spawn into muscle cars a decade later. Tracking the first sleeper is a daunting task, but most stories lead to the 1955 Chrysler C-300, a two-door, luxury coupe motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 300 horsepower. It was the first production passenger car to come with 300 ponies on tap and a design that had nothing to say about that. The "all go and no show" car was born, a trend that would continue with vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, the Lotus Carlton or the Audi RS2 Avant.
Sleepers are still among us in 2014. Looking for a very fast car that doesn’t scream "I’m fast as a bullet!"? There are plenty of options to choose from that cover various segments. Sedans, wagons, SUVs, you name it. Be careful though, you might miss them due to their bland styling. Make sure you have a look under the hood and check that spec sheet.
Meanwhile, I put together a list of Top 5 Sleeper Cars available today. It includes a few American-built vehicles, and a couple more coming from cold, snowy Sweden and rugby-loving Australia. Check them out past the jump and tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Did I miss anything? Is there a vehicle that shouldn’t be on this list?
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In the wild-and-crazy world of the automotive enthusiast, there are all shapes, sizes and manners of ways to have fun. You can climb up a mountain at 3 mph in a modified Jeep, you can blast across the dessert at insane speeds in a Baja truck, or you can fling a small roadster like the Miata at your local autocross. Despite all of this, there is still one true “enthusiast” machine that stands above all; the sports coupe.
Two doors of sexy, fast, and exciting have long defined the term sports car. There have been many great coupes over the decades, but it seems to me that now is about the best time in our history to be a lover of the coupe.
To celebrate this pinnacle of fun and performance I have gathered together a quick list of what I think are five of the best sports coupes that exist today. As always, make sure you hit those comments when you get done reading. Let me know what I got right, what I got wrong, and what I was missing. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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SUVs and crossovers became increasingly popular beginning in the 1990s. Few automakers have yet to join this profitable segment, while most manufacturers that offer such vehicles are elbows deep into providing the sportiness and chutzpah more and more customers are demanding nowadays, while struggling to keep up with the stringent fuel-consumption and CO2-emission regulations. Granted, SUVs are now more than just plain, slow vehicles designed to haul people or tackle the roughest off-road trails.
Need a sports car that rides higher than usual and can carry four people comfortably? Porsche is ready to take your check and deliver a Cayenne. If legroom is what interests you most, but you also need more than 500 ponies and an off-road capable rig, then you’re better off with the Range Rover LWB. You’d rather trade British elegance and German sportiness for some American bling? No problem, you’re the reason why Cadillac is building the Escalade. There’s no doubt these are all great machines, but they all come with at least one drawback, they’re awfully expensive.
That’s not to say there aren’t any affordable SUVs that can offer seating for seven people out there. There’s a handful of seven-seaters you can buy for less than $50,000 that still offer plenty of posh features. We put together a list comprising the cheapest luxury seven-seater SUVs you can buy for the 2015 model year. Check it out below and let us know which one would you pick as a daily driver.
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