Car and Driver 2018 Ten Best:
Alfa Romeo Giulia / Giulia Quadrifoglio
Chevrolet Camaro V-6 / SS / ZL1
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Honda Civic Sport / Si / Type R
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mercedes-Benz E400 / Mercedes-AMG E43
Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman
Volkswagen Golf / Alltrack / e-Golf / GTI / R / SportWagen
Allow us to present our 2018 10Best Cars, a diverse group of satisfying and special machines that delivers a greater combination of value, driving enjoyment, and fulfillment of their intended mission than any other new cars on sale right now. This isn’t some point-and-click exercise, carried out at our desks or over instant-messaging software. Rather, this list springs from two weeks of extensive, down-and-dirty evaluation of actual cars. The rules for vehicle eligibility are thus: Entrants must cost no more than $80,000 (anything pricier should be amazing), and they must be a returning winner, all-new, or significantly revised.
Once the dozens of contenders arrive at our secret testing location, our cadre of experts drive thousands of cumulative miles, clamber into back seats, examine engine compartments, poke and prod infotainment systems, and much more. Then we argue. Then we argue some more. Then we vote. Finally, 10 cars emerge victorious. While none of our winners are infallible, they are closer to perfection than anything else on the market today.