For starters, labelling twelve vehicles as winners clearly marks out the others as losers. The Good Car Guy, on the other hand, loves to mark out the best available cars and SUVs in addition to the worst, leaving you to decide if the vehicles in the middle might be right for you. So unlike AJAC, The Good Car Guy will not be calling the Nissan 370Z Roadster a loser. Nor will GoodCarBadCar.net link the Jaguar XFR to losership status. Nor will GoodCarBadCar.net find any excuse to act as if 99% of the domestic American automotive industry sucks.
That being said, congratulations to the winners – all of which are cars I’d be willing to own or test, listed below with the challengers. Asterisks indicate The Good Car Guy’s preferred winner(s). After all, The Good 12 v3.0 is coming up in December and we don’t wanna know the whole story, do we? Of course not.
Small Car (under $21K)
Hyundai Elantra Touring Kia Forte Koup Mazda 3 (winner)
Small Car (over $21K) Honda Insight Kia Forte * Kia Soul Mazda 3 Sport (winner) Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Nissan Cube Volkswagen Golf
Family Car (under $30K) Ford Fusion Subaru Legacy Toyota Prius Volkswagen Golf Wagon TDI (winner)
Family Car (over $30K)
Ford Fusion Hybrid Luxury Car (over $50K) BMW 335d sedan (winner) Cadillac CTS SportWagon Mercedes-Benz E350
Prestige Car (over $75K) Porsche Panamera Turbo (winner) * Audi R8 V10 * BMW 750i * Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Sports-Performance (under $50K) * Chevrolet Camaro Ford Taurus SHO * Hyundai Genesis Coupe Mazdaspeed 3 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart Volkswagen GTI (winner)
Sports-Performance (over $50K) Audi S4 (winner) Jaguar XFR Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe
Convertible Audi A5 (winner) Lexus IS350C * Nissan 370Z
SUV/CUV (under $35K) Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Outback (winner) * Toyota Venza