Car And Driver Names Its 10 Best For 2017

After the LA Auto Show, we can expect not only to see the latest machinery from the world’s major automakers, but the announcement of a whole slew of awards – from best driver’s car to women’s “supreme winner” and anything in between.

Motor Trend announced its Car, Truck, SUV, and Person of the Year, while the combined jury short-listed the finalists for the North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year.

Now it’s Car and Driver‘s turn. Rather than name a single winner for each category, the auto mag every year identifies its 10 Best. And this year’s list includes the best of the latest wheels on the market.

In alphabetical order, C/D’s 10Best for 2017 are:

BMW M2/M240i
Chevy Bolt
Chevy Camaro
Chevy Corvette Grand Sport
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 (and GT350R)
Honda Accord
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
Volkswagen Golf (including the Alltrack, GTI and Golf R)

That’s particularly good news for Chevrolet, which got three of its models on the list this year. But Chevy’s gain was Tesla’s loss, with the Bolt EV taking the place of the Model S. It also came at the expense of its own sister brand, as the ‘Vette essentially bumped off the Cadillac CTS VSport.

Mazda and the Volkswagen Group each returned with two winners. The Golf and Boxster/Cayman in particular have been perennial favorites, selected every year since 2007 and 2006, respectively. The Boxster had a previous streak as well, from 1998 to 2003, and the Honda Accord for nine years (1983 to 1991).

The most dominant vehicle in the history of the awards, however, is one that’s not even present this time. The BMW 3-Series (including the 4-Series and M3) has racked up 23 consecutive wins. This year Munich was well represented by the smaller 2-Series, which returned in M spec for the second year running.

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  • Maidenmann

    with a lot of facelifts and new introductions, where are the Mercs?

    • Kash

      C&D couldn’t tell them apart so they didn’t have the name of the one they liked the most and they didn’t feel it was professional to simply call it “that one Mercedes sedan”

      • Maidenmann

        LOL, I think everybody is over reacting. Every Vehícle family has similarities. What would be a BMW with out its “kidneys?

        • Kash

          lol. I actually love the current Merc look. I wish the E was a little more distinctive but I’m madly in love with it’s headlights so I can forgive them. Yeah there should be corporate similarities but there also needs to be more noticeable distinctions than headlights and slight tweaks to bumpers.

  • Six Thousand Times

    CandD continue to insist that Honda do not pay them to include the Accord every year.

  • kachuks

    The Porsche if you got the cash. The MX-5 if you don’t have as much cash.

    There are some fine cars here, but these two will be the cars you will still want in your garage twenty years from now.

    • Vassilis

      The GT350R for me and the Golf R for something more sensible.

  • Craig

    The most dominant car is a BMW? No. The Honda Accord has made the list 31 times.

  • Actarus

    Ford Mustang is the best

  • Big Black Duck

    hope they don’t f*ck it up like motor trend did….

  • TheBelltower

    The only one that strikes me as being completely out of place is the Accord. I understand that C&D love the bejeezus out of the thing, but it just recently came in third out of four cars… behind the Malibu and the Mazda 6 in C&D’s own comparison. As good as the Accord is, it’s a very old car that is clearly outgunned.

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