Three years on sale, three consecutive 10Best awards; the eighth-generation Corvette is undefeated. Car and Driver announced its choices for 2022’s greatest vehicles this week, and the C8’s reign continues into year three. The prestigious 10Best list isn’t new territory for America’s Favorite Sports Car. 2022 marks the 23rd time that the Crossed Flags have made the cut, but, with its third nod, the mid-engine ‘Vette already accounts for 13% of the 69-year-old nameplate’s selections.
Car and Driver’s verdict on the third-year C8 can be summed up with this quote, “The Corvette delivers a supercar experience at a sports-car $62,195 starting price. And that next-level vibe extends beyond its go-fast abilities and test numbers.” The ‘Vette received zero demerits in C&D’s testing, but really set itself apart by being “flat-out quicker around a challenging track than anything else on the list,” having a “no-excuses interior,” its huge list of customization options, impressive practicality, and extreme level of value.
Dealership mark-ups and expensive options have put a bit of an asterisk next to that final point for us, but even with an average transaction price of more than $96,000, nothing is going to put as big of a smile on its driver’s face than the C8.
Car and Driver’s stunning Caffeine Metallic example was joined in the top ten by Cadillac’s phenomenal new pair of Blackwing sedans, the Ford Bronco, the perennial winning Honda Accord (this is its record 36th time gracing the pages of the 10Best issue!), the Kia Telluride, Porsche’s 718 twins, the Ram 1500 lineup, Toyota and Subaru’s collaborative BRZ and GR 86, and the VW Golf GTI.
General Motors is the big winner of the day, capturing three of the ten available slots, while no other manufacturer even earned a second space. The ‘Vette’s win kept pace with the mid-engine Porsche Cayman and Boxter and moved into a tie with the “not what it used to b” BMW 3-series family (which was on the list for 23-straight years until its last appearance in 2014) for second in all-time wins behind the Accord.
Other interesting breakdowns include segment, where the Corvette is joined by two other pure sports cars, while two sports/super sedans made the cut. Two SUVs, which along with the one truck, only started receiving invites to the 10Best party in 2020, making the competition exceedingly stiff in the last three years. Also present are two day-to-day vehicles; a mass-market sedan, and a four-door hatch that don’t punish their owners with a dull driving experience.
Country of origin is another fun classification. It is here where the good ol’ USA takes top honors with five spots. The other half of the list is made up of two Germans, two cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, and one Korean that is also enjoying its third-straight year on the list.
Congratulations to the Corvette team on adding another honor to their trophy case! If the hotly anticipated Z06 can truly sneak in under C&D’s $90,000 price limit, than the competition ain’t seen nothing yet!
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