Car and Driver has released its annual 10Best list of the greatest cars under $80,000 that are available in the United States, and a new pair of names showed on this year’s tally. Some venerable models remain among the lineup, too.

The two new entries to the 10Best club are the Chevrolet Bolt and Corvette Grand Sport. They kick the Cadillac CTS Vsport and Tesla Model S with a 70-kilowatt hour battery off from last year.

The Bolt is rapidly racking up accolades, including already winning Motor Trend Car of the Year. The electric hatchback is also among the finalists for the North American Car of the Year honor. It really appears to be the first EV for the masses that requires no compromises. The 238-mile (383-kilometer) range offers several days of commuting for most folks before they need to start looking for a place to recharge. Plus, the driving experience is reportedly stellar.

Car and Driver 10Best 2017


Where the Bolt is efficient and fun, the Corvette Grand Sport is all about performance. It’s the sweet spot in the ‘Vette lineup by combining the 460-horsepower naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 from the standard Stingray but incorporating high-performance suspension and brake components from the Z06. You don’t even need the more extreme Z07 option package to have a fantastic time. Check out Motor1’s Review and First Drive from this year for a refresher on the hardcore ‘Vette.

Car and Driver also makes two minor upgrades to the vehicles on this year’s list, too. Rather than the M235i from the 2016 edition, the latest group combines the M2 and M240i into a single entry. The decision makes sense since these two are the latest evolution of last year’s model. Similarly, the new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman replace the previous versions.

The rest of the 201710Best winners are the same as last year, including the Chevy Camaro, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350/GT350R, venerable Honda Accord, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mazda3, and the combined Volkswagen Golf, Alltrack, GTI, and Golf R. Follow the link below to see Car and Driver’s explanation for 2017’s picks.

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