As one of the most esteemed auto magazines in the world, Car and Driver’s annual “Top 10 Cars” is always a good barometer for automakers to see if one – or maybe two – of their vehicles made it to the list. With a readership that spans the entire world, Car and Driver’s Top 10 list is read by millions of people so it’s kind of a big deal for these companies. From the usual suspects to a number of new surprises, the “Top 10 Cars” will reveal what cars the magazine is highly recommending for the next calendar year.

In determining which cars make it to the list, editor-in-chief, Eddie Alterman explains: “In our testing, we are looking for those automobiles that deliver spectacular value, real driver engagement, and the highest fulfillment of their intended mission.”

He continues: “Our testing takes place over a week on real roads in the real world, marshaling more than 60 new test cars and our entire editorial staff. It’s a real workout, and the best cars on the market emerge victorious."

For 2011, the list has a number of old guards that have made multiple appearances while there are others that are making their inaugural face-time. Just to give you an idea on what to expect, three American, German, and Japanese models made it to the list with the other spot going to a model from South Korea. There are also three cars – the Audi S4, the Mazda3, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid – that dropped out of the list, which means that you’re going to be seeing a number of new entries making it to the Top 10.

So without further ado, Car and Driver’s “Top 10 Cars for 2011” after the jump.

BMW 3-Series/M3

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Cadillac CTS-V

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Chevrolet Volt

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Ford Mustang GT

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Honda Accord

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Honda Fit

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Hyundai Sonata

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Porsche Boxster/Cayman

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Source: Car and Driver

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13 comments:

  (256) posted on 12.12.2011

I’m so satisfied with the result of this category. Well, Volkswagen really deserved to be on the number one slot because it truly has a best and awesome packaged.

  (397) posted on 10.18.2011

These cars are really suited on this list. Topspeed really knew who will be included on this category hahaha anyway I must say that I am satisfied with the result of their survey.

  (328) posted on 09.29.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with Evan Bruce and Concern Citizen, but for now I believe that Volkswagen Golf GTI is really suited for a number one slot. It is obvious why. smiley

  (1211) posted on 09.26.2011

Porsche Boxster/Cayman is my best choice for best cars ever, though to compare to other is even difficult. Regarding to appearance and performance ill go to Porsche Boxster/Cayman.

  (488) posted on 09.1.2011

Porsche Boxster/Cayman is my choice and Volkswagen Golf GTI. These two cars are my favorite since I’m in grade school

  (314) posted on 07.19.2011

I agree with Evan Bruce. There are still a lot to see. Those cars must be ranked after the end of the year. I also wonder what are the categories for the car to make it to the top ten.

  (666) posted on 06.9.2011

For me, GT Series Cars are great enough. Those are the types where you can fit it to any kinds of event or trips. Easy to navigate, Low Price and cool enough!

  (502) posted on 06.3.2011

My question is, how did the driver/s qualify these cars to be listed as best cars for 2011? We’re just in the middle of the year. I also know that there are still new cars to be release before the end of the year.

  (714) posted on 06.2.2011

Ford Mustang GT is my top choice for best cars. Maybe not that impressive with its headlights but you have to check on its speed and performance. Wisely, everybody would love to own this one.

  (142) posted on 04.29.2011

Maybe because m3 performance is same as mustang gt 5.0 which is 2x cheaper. Both were tested by motortrend.

  (728) posted on 04.29.2011

hmm. I just wondering why does the M3 series is in the 10th place though we all know that this car has an impressive design and performance.

  (600) posted on 03.18.2011

It is really not that surprising to see the Golf GT1 being chosen as the best car for last year. For the sheer utility of this car alone, this one definitely bags the price.

  (2) posted on 01.11.2011

first :: M3 vere good & nice

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