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Car and Driver Names the 10Best Cars of 2012

BMW 3-Series Recognized for the 21st Consecutive Year; Half the Vehicles on This Year's List Cost Less Than $40K (December 06, 2011)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/06/11 -- Car and Driver magazine, the world's largest automotive enthusiast publication, today unveiled the 2012 "10Best" list, recognizing the best cars on the market under $80,000. The full package, including a look at the most promising technology of 2012, best concept cars and favorite cars over $80,000, will be published in the January issue, on newsstands December 6.

"As in years past, the cars on this year's list represent the best overall vehicles on the market today," said Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief, Car and Driver. "Out of 68 contenders, these are the ones that consistently perform the best, are a good value and are engaging, fun-to-drive vehicles."

The 30th annual Car and Driver 10Best are:

  • Audi A6/A7 3.0T Quattro - "For 2012, the A6 enjoys its seventh remake, with all of its most lovable traits -- right-now power, gratifying steering, unyielding structure -- present and accounted for."
  • BMW 3-Series/M3 - "After 21 consecutive years on the 10Best list, BMW continues to evolve the 3-series toward some platonic ideal of sportiness. You don't notice the seats, the steering, the suspension, or the brakes because everything feels natural. Everything feels right."
  • Cadillac CTS-V - "The handling is forgiving, the ride is supple, and the high-speed stability makes it the unlikely king of the autobahn."
  • Ford Focus - "The Focus comes off the ropes with several unexpected combinations: a sensational ride-handling balance, an admirable power/mpg index, and fantastic materials and utility inside."
  • Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 - "Nothing can touch the Boss at $41,105. With its screaming 7500-rpm, 444-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, it'll rip off 60 mph in four seconds flat, break the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 117 mph, stop from 70 in 155 feet, and hold the road at 0.95 g."
  • Honda Accord - "The primary controls are so perfectly matched to each other that this not-exactly-sporty-looking sedan can traipse along the tightrope of your favorite back road with precision and utter predictability."
  • Honda Fit - "The Fit is not just a triumph over other small cars, it's a triumph of engineering."
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata - "Racers love the MX-5's balanced, endlessly forgiving chassis; little old ladies dig its spunky charm and Maytag reliability."
  • Porsche Boxster/Cayman - "Over the years, the sinews of Porsche's entry-level twosome have grown stronger and more flexible; the output of their flat-six engines has climbed as high as 330 horsepower in the new Cayman R; and their styling has become less 911-derivative."
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI - "To you, Golf, we'd like to give thanks for your unwillingness to associate affordable with boring, for sporty steering feel, for an odd number of cylinders that thrum, and for diesel engines that hum... And then there's the GTI. You might be a Golf in a muscle T, but you pull it off."

Nominees consist of all new cars, 2011 10Best winners, cars that were not available for the 2011 competition and those with significant updates. All cars must fall under the base-price cap of $80,000 and be on sale in January 2012.

Full coverage of the 2012 Car and Driver 10Best awards can be found in the January issue, on newsstands December 6, and online at

About Car and Driver
Car and Driver ( is known for its expert editorial team that is highly regarded by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers for their integrity, engineering backgrounds, and high standards. The magazine is published monthly by Hearst Magazines (, boasting the largest audience of any monthly automotive magazine. The Car and Driver brand is a leading source of information for automotive enthusiasts and in-market car buyers. The brand also extends to many platforms, including websites, mobile sites, radio, iPhone/iPad apps, events, custom marketing programs, and integrated marketing databases.

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