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November 21, 2019 11:23 PM

Car and Driver names its ’10Best;’ we add 5 more

There are a lot of good new cars for 2020, but if you’re buying, start here.

Jake Lingeman

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The 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray tops C&D’s 10Best list.

Car and Driver dropped its yearly 10Best awards for new or refreshed cars for 2020. According to our new sister pub, they are “the smartest, most entertaining vehicles you can buy today.” And we would mostly agree. The folks at C/D went through 92 cars, trucks, SUVs and vans to pick these 10, so let’s break them down—and maybe add a few of our own.

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The list starts with the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, as a good list should. The Corvette is new and radically changed with its midengined layout. It’s no longer an old man car, they say, and we agree. And as I’ve said before, it’s going to reset the sports car/supercar market with its base price of $60K. That’s about the same price as a Porsche 718 Boxster. We drove it, too, and noted that it not only has to be emotional—it needs to be stared at on the street—but it also must be an accommodating daily driver. And from what we’ve seen and experienced so far, it is.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Touring comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

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Next up is the Honda Accord, another perennial entry on most lists. For the uninitiated, the Accord isn’t just a standard commuter, it’s everything a good “regular” car needs to be—and that includes the adjective “entertaining.” The base model gets to 60 in 6.6 seconds and holds its own, literally, around corners. The more powerful trims with the 2.0-liter turbo go faster than that. Also, we’re pretty much in agreement that almost all sedans should be “sportbacked.”

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I haven’t driven the Jeep Gladiator yet, which comes next on the list, but from what I’ve heard, it’s certainly entertaining to drive. I wouldn’t expect it to rule the refinement category, but C/D calls it a Swiss Army knife for the road. We stacked one up against its grandfather earlier in the year and loved it. It also offers a manual, something few on the list do.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride made its surprise debut during New York Fashion Week, appearing at the fashion show of Brandon Maxwell ahead of its launch in 2019.

Korea makes an entrance on the 10Best list with the new Telluride three-row SUV. It’s another car that we love over here, though the debate still rages whether it’s better than its cousin, the Hyundai Palisade. I think I like the ‘Sade better—but both are quiet, spacious, good-looking and technologically advanced. It’s more serene than a Range Rover at 70 mph, says C/D.

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Mazda is another legend on C/D’s 10Best. Whether it’s the 3, the 6, the Miata or this CX-5. It showcases what Mazda does well. It’s composed. It’s quick-ish. It’s fun to drive. It punches upward in terms of interior quality. As far as small crossovers go, it’s probably the best you can do in this class.

The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman still offers a six-speed manual.

Another no brainer is next: We’re talking the 718 Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Those two are still some of the purest sports cars on the planet, and even though they’re getting more expensive by the minute, they’re still not 911 money. They make any journey memorable, says C/D, as we speed toward our electric future. Steering feel, engine sound, brake feel—all top-notch. In our recent review, we wrote: “Standing out more than anything is feel. Porsches are the most emotionally open vehicles on the road—you connect almost instantly. The seats hug your body. Steering weight is just right, and details of pavement come through to your palms with little filter.”

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2019 Porsche Macan S insists you find the long way home from work

A second Porsche now graces the list. It’s the Macan, and if you have to buy a car in this class—and money is not an object—​​​​​​​the 434-hp Turbo is the one to buy. Porsche has refined the shape of the crossover to almost perfect proportions. Like the 718s, steering, dynamics, interior comfort are all top-notch here. “Getting in a lifted five-seat hatchback isn’t typically the place you find good engagement, but the Macan belies the stereotype and makes the experience enjoyable.”

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Laramie Longhorn comes with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

In the truck world, you’re either innovating or falling behind. And where the Big Three is concerned, they’re always leapfrogging each other for the newest, coolest, more luxurious features, and now, it’s Ram’s turn to hold the crown. The 1500 has a range of power options including a mild hybrid, and as we noted earlier this year, the big ones have more room than a Bentley. Ram always gets a bonus for its coil-spring suspension, making it one of the best riding trucks on the road, especially when unloaded.

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The 2020 Toyota GR Supra comes standard with a turbocharged I6 making 335 hp.

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The 2020 Toyota GR Supra comes standard with a turbocharged I6 making 335 hp.

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There’s no way the Toyota Supra could get a fair shake when it came out earlier this year. It has too much baggage. It was a legendary name with a built-in fan base. It was co-developed with BMW. It didn’t offer a manual transmission. But we’re glad C/D put it on its list because it is one of the 10 best new cars. It’s not a Cayman, it’s a bigger, more powerful Miata hardtop. It leans into corners; it accepts rough roads without taking out your kidneys. It’s easy and fun to drive fast. Sure, it looks wild, and some people might be turned off by that. But as an old friend and coworker said, “I’d rather live in a world with a Supra than in one without.”

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI premiered at the Chicago Auto Show with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

If I had to buy a car today, with my current bank account, it would be a Volkswagen Golf GTI. It and its Jetta GLI twin round out Car and Driver’s 10Best. It does everything a car needs to do for an enthusiast on a budget. It’s fast, it handles, it has space for four and cargo. It’s now more refined than ever, which is both good and bad. I’ve said before: It used to be a sneaky deal, a secret only real car guys and girls knew. Now its cover is blown. If you can find a better car for $27,595, buy it, and then email me.

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The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 made its debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show.

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The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 made its debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show.

Our additions.
Some other great cars came out this year. We loved the last hurrah for the Subaru WRX STI. The S209 is the first S-branded car that came here, and it was both the best-looking and best-performing WRX we’ve ever driven. I personally loved the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. It, too, is the best that’s ever been built in a lineup of damn good cars. Also, the Porsche Taycan. We hate to add yet another Porsche to this list—and a very expensive one at that—​​​​​​​but I’d bet old man Raynal would say it’s the best car he’s driven this year, if not the best car he’s driven in a long time. On the more affordable side, the Hyundai Palisade is high on our list, and the new Ford Escape should sell in bunches. Other than that, fantastic list, friends.

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