GCBC’s The Good 12 for 2015 includes the vehicles that would be most welcomed as permanent members of the GCBC Towers driveway. Park them out front on Christmas morning. Top marks for your generosity.
None have base prices above $65,000 USD. They reflect many different parts of the market, they come from different places, they’re powered by very different engines, they’re accomplished in different areas. And when any one of them drives by, I want it for myself.
Click any of the images to be taken to the model’s Sales Stats page. Don’t forget to check out GCBC’s The Bad 8, the cars which we don’t want to receive even as gifts. For more on what The Good 12 really is, visit the GCBC Awards page.
Mazda 3 5-Door
With a 2.5L engine and a newly available 6-speed manual, it verges on hot hatch territory. But it’s more interactive and fun than many faster cars. Practical, affordable, and handsome, too.
Sometimes, nay, all the time, it’s hard to believe they built it. The Juke is outlandish. The fact that it won’t appeal to everyone is part of its appeal. It’s also a riot to drive.
The Mustang has been a car people have wanted for five decades. Now it’s better than ever. Every inch a sports car, but no less a muscle car.
There’s nothing even remotely comparable. The Wrangler is an eminently off-roadable convertible, and in two-door form, it’s also shockingly cheap.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Imagine if Mazda could take their venerable sports car, shed a few pounds, make it more attractive, and make it more efficient. There’s no need to imagine – Mazda’s actually gone and done it.
It’s not the best-looking truck, nor is it the most powerful or most capable. If it’s the most efficient, it won’t be by much. But it’s right sized. And if not the “most” anything, it is handsome, powerful, capable, and efficient.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
It’s not easy to compromise, and even if you do, it’s hard to get the compromise right. But what if you want all the good things in one package? Performance, interior quality, flexibility, affordability? The GTI has all of that in a perfect compromise.
What if you don’t want to compromise? Not on luxury or space or capability. And what if you can afford to pay the premium? The Chevrolet Suburban is uniquely capable at hauling all your family and all your stuff at the same time.
An Odyssey is always up to the task. For the amount of vehicle you get, the price is ridiculously low. It also separates itself from the competition with remarkable on-road dynamics. Apart from the sliding door track, it even looks good.
Porsche Macan S
There may be no better all-rounder in our time than than the “basic” Porsche Macan. It’s expensive, but to drive it is to understand why. It could do everything better, but if it did, the Macan would invariably do something else worse. Then it wouldn’t be an all-rounder.
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Chrysler Group is crazy for building it. It’s even crazier that it’s legal. And craziest of all, this 707-horsepower full-size sedan costs $65,000. A Mercedes-Benz E-Class at that price point has less than half the power.
As good as the first-new-XC90-in-more-than-a-decade looks outside, its interior is decidedly more impressive. Volvo has always known how to build ideal family transportation. The second XC90 makes that ideal luxury family transportation.