A positive sign of the times for an US car manufacturer is the fact the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid made the coveted list as only the second hybrid ever to be included. The Toyota Prius made the list in 2004.
Following are the 2010 Car and Driver 10 Best winners list, in alphabetical order. The number next to the name of the car indicates how many times they have won in the past:
2010 Audi S4 (2)
2010 BMW 3-series / M3 (19)
2010 Cadillac CTS / CTS-V (2)
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (1)
2010 Honda Accord (24)
2010 Honda Fit (3)
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata (11)
2010 Mazda 3 / Mazdaspeed 3 (3)
2010 Porsche Boxster / Cayman (3)
2010 Volkswagen GTI (7)
A panel of 18 Car and Driver editors determined the winners by rating them on a scale of 1-100 with a focus on functional performance, driving satisfaction and value.
Vehicles considered for the award must be available in the United States by January 2009 and priced below the cap of $80,000. Winners from the previous year are re-nominated if they are still available under the price cap.
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Written by Cheryl Phillips