We’ve already counted down the Top 10 Automotive Industry Moments of 2010 and the Top 10 Concept Cars of 2010. It’s now time for the Top 10 list you’ll probably see on every other automotive site – Top 10 Cars of 2010.
Do we at egmCarTech just end up picking what we think were the best cars of 2010? Well, of course – but we also take into consideration how much noise a model made during the year.Most importantly, the model had to be on sale and on the roads during 2010 – so what you won’t see on our list are cars that will go on sale in 2011 but were unveiled in late 2010.
Let’s get started… oh, and if you don’t agree with us – please let your voice be heard in the comments section.
1. 2011 Hyundai Sonata:
- The new Hyundai Sonata was a big bright spot for the Korean automaker in 2010, hitting the top 10 monthly sales list many times during the year. Hyundai sold a total of 200,000 units of the new Sonatas in North America in 2010. Sales of the Sonata in the stateside were up 117 percent and 65 percent overall in the U.S. marking its best year ever. In 2011, Hyundai will offer the Sonata Hybrid, which has an EPA rated fuel-economy of 35/40 mpg (city/highway). Click here for news on the Hyundai Sonata.
2. 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee:
- The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee was the biggest new for Chrysler Group LLC in 2010. After undergoing 2.5 million miles of testing, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee went on sale in summer 2010 as a 2011 model. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in 3 models including Laredo, Limited and Overland. All models are powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 unit making 290-hp delivering up to 23 mpg and over 500 miles on one tank of gas. Optional is a 360-hp 5.7L V8. Prices start at $30,215. Click here for news on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
3. 2011 Ford Fiesta:
- While in 2010, Ford was all about the 2011 Ford Fiesta, next year the model is expected to be overshadowed by the 2012 Ford Focus and the new 2011 Ford Explorer. The Fiesta had a lot of social-media buzz in 2010 as Ford planned a bunch of social viral campaigns prior to the vehicles launch with the Fiesta Movement. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is powered by a 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder engine making 120-hp with a peak torque of 109 lb-ft. The EPA rated the 2011 Fiesta at 29/40 mpg (city/highway) when mated to a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission and 28/37 mpg when mated to a 5-speed manual. Pricing for the 2011 Ford Fiesta starts at $13,320. Click here for news on the Ford Fiesta.
4. 2011 Buick Regal:
- The 2011 Buick Regal, which entered production in Q1 of 2010, is built at GM’s Russelsheim, Germany alongside the Opel Insignia. The model is basically a rebadged version of its German cousin and Buick used that to its advantage by marketing the vehicle as an all-European car. The 2011 Buick Regal is available in two options including a 182-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder and a 220-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged. Estimated fuel-economy for the non-turbocharged model comes in at 20/30 mpg (city/highway). Prices start at $26,995 for the CXL trim. Click here for news on the Buick Regal.
5. 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO:
- In 2010, Ferrari unveiled that fastest ever road-going Ferrari at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show – the Ferrari 599 GTO. Power for the Ferrari 599 GTO comes from a 6.0L V12 engine making 661-hp with a maximum torque of 457 lb-ft. Mated to a F1 6-speed gearbox, the Ferrari 599 GTO goes from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 208 mph. Only 599 units will be made with prices reaching close to $500,000. Click here for news on the Ferrari 599 GTO.
6. 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport:
- Fastest road-goingFerrari ever? That’s nice – how about the fastest car in the world? Bugatti took back that title in 2010 with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The model gets increased output from 1,001-hp to 1,200-hp with a maximum torque of 1,106 lb-ft. The folks at TUV and Guinness took the average of two runs (one at 265.3 mph and one at 269.6 mph), which came in at 268 mph.
7. 2011 BMW 5-Series:
For BMW, 2010 was all about the 2011 BMW 5-Series. The new model has been selling much better than the outgoing model (and rightfully so) and next year BMW will add a hybrid and the new M5 to the lineup. Click here for more news on the BMW 5-Series.
8. 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe / CTS-V Coupe:
- In 2010, the much-anticipated 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe and the CTS-V Coupe went on sale with much fanfare. We’ve driven both vehicles but the gearhead inside us tends to lean more towards the CTS-V Coupe. The model is powered by the same supercharged 6.2L V8 that sits in the CTS-V sedan – putting out 556-hp and a peak torque of 551 lb-ft. Mated to either a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch or a Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed automatic with paddle-shift control, the CTS-V Coupe can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Braking power comes from Brembo brakes, 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. Prices start at $62,990. Click here for more news on the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.
9. 2011 Chevrolet Volt:
- For Chevrolet, 2010 was all about the Volt. General Motors delivered the first Chevrolet Volt to in Denville, NJ, to a retired airline pilot Jeffrey Kaffee. GM sold between 250 and 350 Volts this month, which may not seem like a lot but that’s because the Volt isn’t available nationwide. We won’t get to see the real success of the Volt until it goes on sale nationwide in 2012. Prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt start at $41,000 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $33,500. Click here for more news on the Chevrolet Volt.
10. 2011 Nissan LEAF:
- Just like the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan LEAF won’t go on sale nationwide until 2012 – however, Nissan kept its promising by delivering the first units in Dec. 2010. On top of that Nissan sold less than 10 units of the LEAF in December. Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 87 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month. Click here fore more news on the Nissan LEAF.
* Note: List is in no particular order
– By: Omar Rana