- I drove a lot of cars in 2017 — not all made the cut to be candidates for Business Insider’s Car of the Year.
- The following is a list of my top 10 that didn’t make the cut.
- They ranged from hybrids to supercars to electric vehicles.
For the last four years, Business Insider has selected a Car of the Year winner. This year, it was the Porsche Panamera.
But we drive a lot of vehicles that don’t quite make the cut to be Car of the Year finalists. That doesn’t mean they aren’t memorable.
Looking back over 2017, I picked out my 10 favorites (fair warning: three are Ford and three are from GM). Here they are:
The Cadillac XTS V-Sport.
In my review I wrote:
Frankly, with Cadillac’s terrific Bose audio setup, there might be no better vehicle under $100,000 for driving around and listening to jazz and blues. The XTS V-Sport simply sets a marvelous mood.
Ok, true, you might consider this a bit of an old person’s car. But so what? Once you’re done blasting around in sports cars and hauling your family in a minivan, you might just want to settle into a set of wheels that’s largely mellow but with some extra oomph in reserve.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
I sampled this beast on an actual race track in Utah, thanks to Ford’s Performance Driving School program.
Typically, I don’t like to turn laps in cars as powerful as the GT350 because I feel as if I can never get the machine under control, but in Sport Mode the beast bent to my will and made me comfortable in a hurry (the magnetic ride control and traction management give you all sorts of margin for error).
I spent most of my laps in third gear, savoring that 8,200 redline on the big flat-crank V8. This enabled me to concentrate on setting up my corners and hitting my apexes, while still hammering the GT350 down the straights and every so often hearing the rev-limiter tell me I needed to go to fourth.
The Shelby GT350 is absolutely the best Mustang I’ve ever piloted.
The Corvette Grand Sport.
I was smitten:
This is the greatest Vette ever. True, the Z06 is mind-bogglingly impressive, and the Stingray is wonderful.
But I grew rapidly addicted to the combo of the 8-speed, the V8, and the suspension dynamics. Over and over again, I let the revs climb slowly north on the tachometer, feeding in a flow of throttle, then abruptly increasing my input. BOOM! The back end LOCKS DOWN, the front rises slightly, and you’re off like you’ve been fired from a howitzer. The power is sweet and honey smooth, but there’s so much of it.