December 11, 2002

Car and Driver magazine announces ’10 Best’ cars list

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Car and Driver magazine announced the winners in its 21st annual roundup of the ten best cars sold in the United States. The Car and Driver “10Best” winners are featured in January 2003 issue of the magazine on sale this week.

Eight models from foreign automakers and one each from Ford and General Motors make up this year’s list of the Car and Driver editors’ favorites. The 2003 “10Best” lineup adds three all-new Japanese models: Mazda6 sedan, Infiniti G35 sport coupe and the two-seat Nissan 350Z.

Dropped from last year’s list are the Audi A4, BMW 5-series, and Honda S2000. This year’s Car and Driver “10Best” winners are:

  • Acura RSX (2)

  • Infiniti G35
  • BMW 3-series/M3 (12)
  • Mazda 6 s
  • Chevrolet Corvette (9)
  • Nissan 350Z
  • Ford Focus (4)
  • Porsche Boxster (6)
  • Honda Accord (17)
  • Subaru Impreza WRX (2)

(Numbers in parentheses show total number of times the vehicle has been named to the Car and Driver “10Best” list.)

A 13-member panel of Car and Driver editors — with a combined 302 years of experience — gathered in Ann Arbor this past fall to determine winners by rating them on a scale from 1 to 100.

While all cars offered in U.S. showrooms by January 2003 are eligible, only a select few make the cut. Finalists must fall below a price cap determined by multiplying by 2.5 the average transaction price as of Summer 2002 — $26,376 according to National Automobile Dealers Association. This year’s cap was $66,000, the same as last years’ basis.

The magazine also re-nominates previous year’s winners if they are still available and under the price cap. It then identifies new or substantially upgraded vehicles for the current year. This year, the process yielded 41 new nominees.

“As the automotive market remains extremely competitive, manufacturers are finding that offering charismatic and distinctive vehicles help profits,” said Editor-in-Chief Csaba Csere. “These are the kinds of cars that our readers are most interested in, and exactly the kind of cars that make up the 10Best list.”

Car and Driver’s “10Best” began in 1983 with the desire to produce a list devoted to automotive excellence. According to Csere, in keeping with the personality of the magazine, the staff did not believe that just one car could represent its diverse readership and circulation. Instead, they selected 10 cars.

Articles and visuals of the 2003 “10Best” winners and nominees can be read and seen in the January issue or on Car and Driver’s Web site, . Visitors are encouraged to join Car and Driver Online’s interactive forums to tell the magazine’s editors if they agree or disagree with their selections.

Car and Driver magazine, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., is the world’s largest circulation automotive magazine.

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