U.S. News & World Report Names Best Cars for 2010, Only Two American Cars on the List

The folks at U.S. News & World Report have named their top cars for 2008 and the old U.S. of A. did not far so well. In 11 categories there were only two pickups for Detroit automakers: Chevy Silverado 1500 (Best Full Size Pickup) and Tahoe (Best Large SUV). Honda picked up five awards, BMW picked up two and Mazda tied with two cars. There's nothing quite shocking with the picks, as few are going to be surprised to see the Honda Accord Best Midsize Car or the Fit make Best Economy Car. Full list and press release below the jump:

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2008 Car Rankings: Honda Still King, GM Rapidly Improving



WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report today

announced its 2008 Car Rankings, available online at

RankingsAndReviews.com. The 2008 rankings cover the best and worst cars,

trucks and SUVs based on an analysis of consensus opinions from America's

top automotive experts.

New Car Hits

GM shows the greatest improvement from the 2007 to 2008 car rankings

with several new or redesigned vehicles ranking near the top of their

classes. The redesigned Chevy Malibu, all-new Buick Enclave, and redesigned

Cadillac CTS (winner of Motor Trend Car of the Year) fare well in the

rankings.

Experts laud the Malibu (ranked #6 out of 25 midsize cars) for its

driving dynamics, exterior styling and affordability. The new CTS (ranked

#4 out of 14 upscale cars) is praised as an American car that can finally

compete with the BMW and Lexus nameplates. Finally, experts generally agree

that Buick hit a home-run with its all-new Enclave (ranked #3 out of 23

midsize SUVs) based on classy styling and a superb ride. Joining the highly

ranked Chevy Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade and Chevy Silverado 1500, these new

entrants help GM to achieve a good overall showing in the 2008 rankings.

The all-new Infiniti G37 and Mazda CX-9 also debut high in the

rankings, as do the newly remodeled Honda Accord, BMW 5-Series, and

Chrysler's minivan siblings the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand

Caravan.

New Car Misses

ome new cars miss the mark. In the same class as the Accord, the

all-new Dodge Avenger places last out of 25 cars. The all-new Nissan Rogue

is also a less-than-stellar performer, placing in the bottom half of the

compact SUV rankings. Surprisingly, the newly redesigned Toyota Highlander

is a merely decent performer among midsize SUVs. The 2007 Highlander was

ranked #1 in its class.

The 2008 Winners

A complete listing of all the car, truck and SUV rankings and

meta-reviews are available at: RankingsAndReviews.com. As of December 13,

2007, the #1 ranked automobiles in the most popular categories are:

Economy Cars: Honda Fit

Midsize Cars: Honda Accord

Upscale Small Cars: Volkswagen GTI

Upscale Midsize Cars: BMW 3-Series

Luxury Cars: BMW 5-Series

Compact SUVs: Honda CR-V

Midsize SUVs: Honda Pilot

Large SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe

Luxury Midsize SUVs: Lexus RX 350

Full Size Pickups: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Affordable Sports Cars: Mazda MX-5, Honda S2000, Mazda Speed3 (tied)

As with the 2007 rankings, Honda occupies more #1 ranking spots (7 in

total) than any other nameplate. Honda's Fit, Civic, and Civic Hybrid take

the top three spots on the Economy Cars list.

BMW retains the #1 ranking spot in the popular upscale and luxury car

categories. Among the very competitive upscale midsize cars, the BMW

3-Series remains the benchmark, but now has strong competition from the

Lexus ES and all-new Infiniti G37, each tied for the #2 ranking spot.

Japanese Hybrids Outrank New American Hybrids

For 2008 there are several new entries from GM and Ford in the rapidly

expanding Hybrid segment. The challengers (the new Saturn Aura and VUE

hybrids, Chevy Tahoe hybrid, and siblings Ford Escape / Mercury Mariner

hybrids) underperform the more established Toyota and Honda models. Experts

agree that these newcomers do not yet offer the combination of fuel economy

and driving performance exhibited by the likes of Toyota's Prius and Camry

hybrids.

About The 2008 Car Rankings Methodology

The 2008 rankings of cars, trucks, and SUVs were determined through

U.S. News & World Reports' consensus-based rankings methodology. The top

vehicles are those receiving the highest accolades determined by an

analysis of automotive experts' opinions, safety ratings, and reliability

statistics.
[Source: US News & World Report]