Surprised? Caddy CTS-V Is The Only GM Product On Car And Driver’s 10Best List8
Car and Driver magazine named the Cadillac CTS-V to its 10Best list for 2012 — marking the fifth consecutive year Caddy’s CTS models have had a presence on the annual list of the finest new automobiles.
The 10Best list, for the uninitiated, has been recognizing the world’s finest vehicles for 30 years.
“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 GM Authority Take
Build a good car and they will come… build an awesome car, and it will be in the books forever. Ok, we may have made that up — but you get the point: awesome cars aren’t only bought, they also tend to lend the brand gargantuan amounts of street cred.
Joining the CTS-V range on the 2012 list are the BMW 3-Series/M3, Ford Focus, Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302, Honda Accord and Fit, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Volkswagen Golf/GTI, and the Audi A6/A7 3.0 Quattro. And while we’d debate with the folks at Car and Driver about some of their choices (Accord and Fit — c’mon guys!), the fact that the CTS-V is the only GM product on the list is interesting, if not idiosyncratic or eye-opening — depending on your point of view. What do you think of that?
PS: if you haven’t yet done so, you should definitely give our CTS-V coupe and CTS-V Sport Wagon reviews a read.
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To be honest, Car and Driver has become just plain boring. And I’m sorry, I honestly wonder how some of these cars end up on the list. But the CTS-V is THE premier car T the moment. It deserves to be on the list. And maybe this is my conspiracy theorist coming out, but does anyone else feel Americans and the media want GM to fail?
The accord is way too long in the tooth to be on here. And the Sonic should have replaced the Fit on this list
What would be more impressive would be if the CTS won in non-V trim.
V-series sales only make up a fraction of all CTS sales. It would follow, at least for me, that the CTS isn’t remarkable unless you wanted the V.
Maybe it’s me, but I see the CTS as the car that finally uncoupled Cadillac from its dreary past of pink steel fins and the general feeling of cheapness I get when I look at 50’s-60’s America.
I’ll shut up. An award is an award even if it is 5 years running (something I missed reading the first time around).
I believe that the CTS in non-V trim won a couple of years ago. At this point, there are better midsize luxury sedans than the CTS, but just not as good as the V.
I really don’t see how/why any Honda would be on C&D 10 Best List right now. They are doing nothing to deserve it. The M3 isn’t all that great anymore to be honest either. But what we see with the inclusion of both these brands is the media’s unwillingness to let those two brands languish. They make all kinds of excuses for the garbage that both brands put out. It’s just laughable how people get duped into buying those things…
I agree with Richard about Honda, the feet of clay are showing. But, I wonder; with the all new M5, being more of a musclecar than the V10 thingie it replaced, if the CTS-V will make it on next years list, my hopes go out to the smaller lighter ATS, and ATS-V, I am hoping they can post class leading Nurburg times with normaly aspirated newt-gen smallblocks.
Most likely, the CTS will no longer be on the list next year. I was actually surprised that it wasn’t dethroned by the new M5 or even the existing E63 AMG. Just like you, though, I’m very much looking forward to the new ATS (and its V variant, of course) as well as the new CTS. Word on the street is they’ll both be hot and class-leading.
It will be interesting to see if GM’s advertising increases in Car and Driver in ’12.