The Top 10 Cars of 2010 Part 2February 24th, 2011 by Armaan Almeida
We continue our Top 10 list with three cars that have each earned honors in their respective classes and have also won the hearts of the car-buying public.
Some might argue that abandoning the classic design of the Jaguar XJ and starting from scratch is akin to blasphemy, but Jaguar’s gamble paid off big this time. Dropping the traditional styling of the XJ from years past, the designers at Jaguar went with a completely modern look for the 2011 model. With a sleek new body, this big cat now looks as sporty as it feels to drive. Three flavors of available 5.0-liter V8 engines, including a 385-hp V8, 470-hp supercharged V8 and 510-hp supercharged V8, give the XJ the strength to challenge other luxury super sedans like the Audi A8 and Lexus LS. By bringing its flagship car up to date and giving it the best equipment available, Jaguar has produced a car that is truly world class.
Like a fine wine, the Infiniti G37 has only gotten better with age. Redesigned for the 2008 model year and given a new 3.7-liter V6 engine, the G37 can’t be beat at what it does—even two years later. For 2010, the Infiniti G line got a subtle facelift but is essentially unchanged from the past two model years. That’s because it’s hard to improve what’s already almost perfect. With its Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) technology, the G37’s V6 engine delivers its power smoothly and effortlessly, allowing the driver to experience the exhilaration of a sports car with the refinement of a luxury car. And with its timeless good looks, the G37 will still be an eye-catcher in the years to come.
What car could possibly follow the most successful hybrid of all time? The answer is, of course, the third generation Prius. Because the last Prius was so good, Toyota engineers changed very little of the car’s formula and only improved the areas where the car lacked before. For example, the third generation Prius keeps its characteristic shape, but comes with minor aerodynamic upgrades to further reduce the car’s drag. The 2010 Prius also gets more power for easier passing on the highway, a problem many complained about on the last Prius. By starting with an already great car, Toyota could only make it better. And that’s exactly what they did.
Stay tuned for the final four cars on our Top 10 list!