Automotive awards season is officially upon us and, in an encore of its first rotation around the sun, the eighth-generation Corvette has earned a spot on Car and Driver’s coveted 10Best list.
Just as they did last year, C&D has morphed their 10Best Cars and 10Best SUVs and Trucks awards into one, even more competitive array of the “smartest, most entertaining vehicles that you can buy.”
Car and Driver’s scientific method for 10Best starts with a group of more than 300 new vehicles (whose MSRPs fall under their $90,000 cap) that is narrowed down to “the most promising” and “significantly changed” examples of the year. Unlike their arch-rivals at Motor Trend, C&D also allows last year’s victors a chance to defend their title.
This extensive vetting process brought forward the 57 brightest stars in the affordable new-car universe. The whole gang was put through a two-week evaluation that placed emphasis on each vehicle’s fun factor, value proposition, and how well it achieved its core mission. When the dust settled in this final mega-test, the mid-engine Corvette Stingray emerged as the first name on the list of ten champions (it could also be sorted alphabetically by manufacturer, but we think that is just a coincidence!).
The Stingray didn’t only win over C&D’s staff by being a “performance value for all time,” but they were also amazed by “its refinement and versatility.” Saying of their test car, “This is a supercar that can handle a 100-mile commute. It’s also a coupe that’s a part-time convertible.” After even more fawning over all of the things that a C8 can do while also delivering on its promise of being “99th percentile quick,” writer, Ezra Dyer concludes with a phrase that needs to go directly into Chevrolet’s marketing materials, “you can’t do that in a supercar.”
Joining the C8 in the back-to-back winners circle this year are the Honda Accord, Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxter twins, Porsche Macan, Mazda CX-5, RAM 1500 (with a special shout-out to the Hellcat-powered TRX), Toyota Supra, VW Golf GTI and Jetta GLI, and Kia Telluride. The lone newcomer to the group is the Genesis GV80. Korea’s luxury SUV slides into the spot previously held by the Jeep Gladiator.
This is the 22nd time that America’s sports car has earned a 10Best nod. That mark ties (or keeps pace with) the Boxter and Cayman for third place on the historical list. The ‘Vette and Porsche’s mid-engine offerings only trail the BMW 3/4 Series that reigned for 23 straight years between 1992 and 2014 before hitting its current extended rough patch and the Accord’s record 35 inclusions (’83-’95 and ’98-’21!) in total 10 Best wins.
So, just as we have approximately 87 times in the past year, we here at Corvette Blogger would like to congratulate GM on this, most recent, recognition of the monumental achievement that is the C8 Corvette while we remind the brand’s faithful that, somehow, this iteration of the Crossed Flags is just getting started!
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