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Caranddriver.com named their top 10 cars of 2012 recently and of many candidates the following were chosen.

1. Audi A6/A7 3.0T Quattro - This car looks great, drives great, and at what some consider a practical price of around 50k+ - it's a great all around pick.

2. BMW 3-Series/M3 - Sporty, sexy, and with an 8300-rpm V-8 this car has yet to be knocked off it's pedestal.

3. Cadillac CTS-V - Definitely a car with "swag." While it's not designed for a fast getaway it's definitely made for smooth sailing.

4. Ford Focus - Although the Focus has had its share of issues in the past we got to give to the the 2012 Focus for its sensational ride handling and admirable power/mpg index. Only warning: don't do the MyFord Touch system!

5. Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 - Having the name Boss in your title says it all. This car screams "HOT"! Definitely a favorite. It's loud, it's fast, it's... perfect (and at a price tag of 41k it's also affordable).

6. Honda Accord - The name says it all. Reliable, affordable and trusted for decades the Accord is an old favorite that will never likely go away.

7. Honda Fit- This pint sized car packs a big punch. It has the most in-class passenger space compared to other smaller cars as well as a 5- speed manual that is "among the great ambassadors to the stick."

8. Mazda MX-5 Miata - Not a big fan of the body of the car. Looks very 90's to me, but I am impressed that the 2.0-liter, 7200-rpm four offers 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque

9. Porsche Boxter/Cayman - Hey if you can afford this, than go for it! This is a true sports car and considering it costs about 30k less than the Porsche 911, it's also a great deal.

10. Volkswagen Golf/GTI - Sporty and affordable are words used to describe this car. While I am not a fan of the look I can appreciate its engine and fuel mpg.

 

Which would you have added and which, in your opinion, should not have made the cut? Check them out and share your thoughts.

Bryan Armstrong
I have a Golf and I am shocked how much I (or rather my wife who claimed to hate the look at first then stole it from me) love it. And YES the 50 mpg is not bad! :)
Colin Barrett
How is #3 CTS-V "not designed for a fast getaway"?? I'd love to see your ideal getaway car if 556hp and 3.9 sec to 60 is not enough for you!
Chris Costner
I am partial to the German engineered vehicles. Not sure how the 2012 VW Passat didn't make this list but made "Motor Trend Car of the Year 2012."
Jordan Molstead
CTS-V is not designed for a fast get away? It is one of the fastest production cars on the planet - if not THE fastest. It is the fastest car I have ever driven and nothing is even close.
Rosa Luciano
@ Bryan, gotta love 50mpg! @ Colin and Jordan sorry guys, just quoting the article that was written. @ Chris, I agree, but than again some weren't too happy about the VW getting that title. I am sure there are a dozen "Top Ten" car lists out there.

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