In 2012 we introduced our numbered rating system to take on all the car reviews out there that just straight up suck. Our formula was used for the entire year for the first time ever in 2013, and these are the cars that dominated the rankings.
Like last year, the top cars of 2013 aren't just supercars (though we won't lie, there is some pricey metal on here), as the top of the list is held down by the workingman's sports car and is bookended by one of the finest new sedans money can buy.
Chevrolet has done it. The Corvette has gone from being a world class sports car with a "but" to a sports car the world finally has to recognize. Put simply, the 2014 Corvette is one of the best sports cars ever born in America.
If you want to buy a new car with a V12 engine and a manual gearbox, there is only one you can get: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage. It's worth every penny.
Topless supercars have come a long way since Lamborghini first chopped the roof off a Diablo, transforming it from merely sketchy to highly suspect. Back then, convertible versions were just a means to hoover up dumb money, a nod to buyers just barely more likely to take a V12 sports car to its limits than arrive in the south of France without a base tan. But things are different now. Open-top supercars are serious machines with technology up the wazoo (Or is that out the wazoo?) But is Lamborghini's flagship version up there with the most rarified of the über-roofless? We found out.
With its highest horsepower and lowest suspension, the GT Speed is Bentley's most athletic production car. But what happens when you chop off the roof? Does it retain the qualities that make the Continental such a great ultra GT — its momentousness and poise — or is there just too much rarified air blowing into that sumptuous cabin? There's only one way to find out...
The Continental Flying Spur was a key player in Bentley's Volkswagen Group-led revival, lo this past decade. The Spur's been made-over for 2014. Is the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur the same stout, Anglo-Saxon war wagon it was, or has it become something even more magisterial?
I think the Audi A7 is one of the sexiest cars on any road. But it needed a V8. So then the Audi S7 came out. Guess what? It still needed MORE POWER. So here is the Audi RS7, a 560 horsepower monster that eats pieces of shit like you for breakfast. Not literally.
It's the most beautiful four-door sedan you can buy. It's the Aston Martin Rapide, and for 2014 it's gotten a new letter – the letter S. And that means… what, exactly? Is the Rapide S a thoroughly modern luxury four-door GT, or just the same, old crumpets? There's only one way to find out. Read on.
If you want to be a gentleman, buy an Aston Martin. If you want to show off, buy a Ferrari. If you love tech, buy a McLaren. If you want to tell the world you need a straight jacket, go buy a Lamborghini. And if you buy a Lamborghini, get the best one you can. That's this, the Gallardo LP550-2.
We all have different visions of a Ferrari. For many of us, at least those of us who have reached a certain age, our first experience driving a Ferrari came in the Sega classic Out Run. But Ferrari has a new and different vision for us. And that's this: The all-wheel drive Ferrari FF I had the chance to drive.
Porsche has now made the 911 for 50 years. Think about that. The 911 has seen 10 US presidents, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the fall of Must See TV. It's been around the block. And somehow it just keeps getting better.
Jaguar did an awful lot of things very, very right with the newJaguar F-Type. It looks fantastic, it sounds like the devil's own V8-powered sexbot, and is both surprisingly easy and rewarding to drive. My only complaints about the car come from a perverse desire to see something with just a bit more wrong in it.
"It's a video game." "It's boring." "It does everything for you." "I don't like it." This is what people who have never driven a Nissan GT-R say. They should drive one. They're wrong.
If a car spawns a coupe and a convertible, there are typically two truths. The coupe comes first. The convertible second. The coupe is inexpensive. The convertible is expensive. The Cayman is the opposite. And it's an even better car.
Jaguar's one-upped its already elegant and well-sorted XFR sports sedan, to create the sharper, more aggressive and very limited-production Jaguar XFR-S. But does the S stand for aweSome, or just window dreSsing? We found out.
I'll just say it. The 2014 Cadillac CTS is easily the best sedan General Motors has ever built. Ever.