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These Are Your Favorite Cars and Trucks From the Past Decade!
By: Ian Fortey
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About This Article
Picking a favorite car is like picking a favorite food or movie; it's all about taste and overall satisfaction. And sometimes it's just your mood right then and there. Could be a truck, could be a crossover SUV, could be a V12 mid-engine supercar that can hit 60 miles an hour in under four seconds flat. We all have different tastes. But there were some highlights these past 10 years. Some cars and trucks that were standouts because they looked great performed great or were just an amazing value.
From the best-selling RAV4 to the award-winning I-Pace to the ultra-exclusive and breathtakingly gorgeous McLaren 570S, there was a vehicle for every taste and then some during the 2010s.
If you're having a hard time nailing down which one of those vehicles deserves to be your favorite, fear not! We couldn't do it either — not by a long shot. But we did come up with a list of the 25 best-looking, best-performing, most amazing cars of the last 10 years. These are the ones that stood apart, that drove their own road and that made a mark that is going to last well past 2020. Check out your favorite cars of the last 10 years, and pick your favorite!
Make it a McLaren
McLaren has been making some of the most gorgeous and dramatic supercars on the road for years now, so picking just one from the last decade is no small order. That said, when it comes to a pure driving experience that looks great, the Mclaren 570S seems to be a standout of 2016. Depending on the version you get, you're looking at a top speed of around 200 miles per hour. But more than speed is the smooth handling and performance, not to mention those awesome dihedral doors.
An event to adore
Just look at the Lamborghini Aventador, and you do not need to question why it's here. First rolled out in 2011, the Aventador is named for a fighting bull and even showed up in the movie "Transformers: Age of Extinction" as the Decepticon Lockdown. Able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds, the Aventador has been in production through nearly the entire decade with a couple of variants like the Roadster and the SVJ hitting the roads later in the car's lifetime. It looks fantastic, and it performs like a dream.
Must be Mustang
There are two words you can put together to make one awesome car, and that's Shelby + Mustang. Carroll Shelby's legacy dates back decades, and his influence on car design can't be overstated. This is the man behind the original Shelby Mustang, the Shelby Cobra, the Ford GT40, the Shelby Daytona, and we could probably make a whole list just from what he has done. Ford's 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 has a 5.2-liter V8 that provides a smooth, intuitive and exceptionally fun driving experience that makes it one to remember.
Model S for "Sensational"
How can you not like the Tesla Model S on at least some level? Arguably the most popular electric car in the world, it has the greatest range of all-electric vehicles, it looks great, and it's loaded with high-tech features like Autopilot and Ludicrous Mode. It's literally called Ludicrous Mode, straight from the movie "Spaceballs." That spirit of fun is what makes Tesla a standout company and what makes the Model S a great car.
Paint it Noire
Have you ever heard of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire? And if not, how can it be one of your favorite cars of the last decade? Well, it deserves a spot, and we'll tell you why. With a price tag of $12.5 million (it sold for $18.7 million), the La Voiture Norie was a one-off inspired by the classic Bugatti Type 75 SC Atlantic from 1938. The Noire is rocking 1,479 horsepower, 1,180 lb-ft of torque and six exhaust tips. It was very much a one-of-a-kind and exceptionally cool.
Can you Camry?
Next to some of the supercars and high-performance automobiles you see on this list, the Toyota Camry may seem out of place, right? Well, not so fast. If we're listing favorite cars of the last 10 years, then you better believe the Camry is on the list. Do you know what the top-selling car of 2018 in the U.S. was? The Toyota Camry. How about 2017? The Camry. Any ideas for 2016? Camry! You have to go back to 2001 to find a different car.
The Lexus LFA got the decade started on the right track. Available for the 2011 model year only until 2012, the LFA was carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and had a naturally aspirated 4.8 L V10 engine. Only 500 were ever produced, and they spared no expense on making it a ride to remember. Bespoke interior with customizable features, alloy paddle-shifters, a 12-speaker sound system and an engine tuned by sound engineers the same way a guitar is tuned so that when you hear the engine, you really hear the engine that made this ride legendary.
Bet on a 'Vette
Chevy has been making Corvettes since 1953, so you'd figure they must have mastered them by now, and if the C7 is any indication, then yes, they have. The seventh generation of Corvette was named Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine in 2014, Performance Car of the Year by Road and Track in 2013, and it landed on Motor Trend's 10 Best list in 2014, 2018 and 2019. We'd get into the details of how good it looks too, but it's a Corvette. Do we really need to tell you that?
Type R is the right type
The Honda Civic is an old standby for many people, but the Civic tends to get lost in the shuffle thanks to the fact Honda has been making them since 1972. But Honda is no slouch when it comes to making improvements on a winning formula, and their performance R-Type for 2017 was an exceptional car. The R-Type had not been available in North America, but 2017 changed that, and drivers fell in love with its 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine.
No one calls a car "Hellcat" if they can't back it up somehow, and Dodge did just that. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat showed up in 2015 with a 6.2L 707hp Hemi engine that can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph — 200 mph would be greedy. In 2017, Dodge rolled out the SRT Demon. Fill it with high-octane fuel, and you're getting 840 horsepower. The Demon was so powerful that it was the first production car to perform a wheelie.
No confusion over Fusion
Ford started the decade with the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the same year it won "North American Car of the Year" and Motor Trend's Car of the Year. It also took "Green Car of the Year" in 2013 and about a dozen other awards. In electric mode, the plug-in hybrid version Ford Fusion Energi from 2017 can get the gasoline equivalent of 97 miles per gallon, making the Fusion one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, and part of the reason it has been a standout of the decade.
Ferrari LaFerrari wasn't tricking you with its name. It was Ferrari the Ferrari, meaning it was the Ferrari to be all Ferraris, and in some ways, it absolutely was. The first mild hybrid made by Ferrari, it had the highest power output of any Ferrari in history while also reducing fuel consumption to help the environment and your wallet, if you're a Ferrari owner concerned with such things. The mid-mounted V12 engine had a top speed of 217 miles per hour, so it was no joke.
Strive for the MX-5
The fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata arrived in the 2016 model year, just in time for Mazda to celebrate the sale of the 1 millionth MX-5. That same year, it took "World Car of the Year" and also "World Car Design of the Year." More than just a performance piece and a stunner in the driveway, it's an exceptionally fun drive. Jeremy Clarkson of "Top Gear" fame said the MX-5 is a cure for depression, and you "can't be in a bad mood when you're driving it."
Ram trucks have been consistently some of the best trucks on the road, and this past decade proved that they hadn't lost their touch at all. Motor Trend picked a Ram truck as their Truck of the Year in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2019. Nabbing four of the 10 possible years is a pretty good achievement when you consider just how many other trucks are on the road. Since 2011, Ram trucks have also had the distinction of class-exclusive manual transmission for those who like an old-school driving experience.
Don't Leaf this behind
Face it, the most significant innovations of the 2010s in the auto world are the alternative and eco-friendly options that exploded during the decade. While hybrids have spread like wildfire, the rise of fully electric cars has been phenomenal as well. And even though Tesla gets most of the press, never overlook the Nissan Leaf. This humble little car has been a force to be reckoned with and has outsold every other electric model available, with over 400,000 of them sold since 2010.
Have a RAV
The Toyota RAV4 is not to be underestimated. This crossover compact SUV showed up in 1994 and had long been a bit of a dark horse in the segment with unremarkable sales that didn't even hit six digits until 2006. Things took an upward swing in 2011, though, and year over year from that point on, sales continued to rise. 2011 saw 132, 237 units sold. By 2018, that number was up to 427,170, proving the RAV4 is a monster.
Take wing with a Mercedes
You can look cooler just by standing next to a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This car was the height of sporty styling in 2010 when it showed up with that long hood, that predatory aspect and gullwing doors that rise like a bird of prey ready to swoop down on any road. Mercedes has always been synonymous with style, and the AMG with its M159, 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated 563 horsepower V8 is pretty much flawless as engines go.
Outpacing the competition
Is the I-Pace the best Jaguar ever made? That's a tall order and a tough call for anyone to make. We're not going to make that claim, but we will definitely say the I-Pace is one of the best cars of the last decade. We'll also point out that in 2019, the I-Pace took European Car of the Year honors, the first time a Jaguar has ever won that honor in 50 years. As the first electric SUV from a premium automaker in Europe, it had some things to prove, and it did! It also took World Car of the Year honors.
See the DB
Aston Martin has a long history of refinement that dates back to an understated charm in the 1950s that exploded beyond belief in the 1960s thanks to James Bond and his penchant for the DB5. The Aston Martin DB11 continued that same tradition of class and sophistication that has just a hint of danger mixed in. It's a serious car for serious drivers, but try not to feel like a superspy when you get behind the wheel.
The next gen
Genesis is to Hyundai what Lexus is to Toyota, and the Genesis G70 absolutely lived up to what you might expect from a luxury label looking to make a name for itself. The G70 debuted at the end of 2017 and took 2019 by storm. It was Motor Trend's Car of the Year; it made Car and Driver's 10 Best list and was named Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show. Wherever this car shows up, people take notice.
Top of the G-class
Mercedes-Benz is the mark of style and luxury in the car market, but what about SUVs? Can they compete on that front? Take one look at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and you'll have your answer. One part Cadillac Escalade and one part Hummer, the G-Wagen is a joy to drive and made everyone stop to take a second glance. It's styled like a retro fusion of the old-school G-Class with modern touches as detailed as a 64-color choice infotainment system.
XC60 is key
What's Volvo's best-selling car? The XC60. Which model has had increased sales year over year since 2008? The XC60. Which car had its second generation released in 2017 with even higher sales? Yeah, it's the XC60. Gone are the days when Volvo made boxy, ugly little cars that got you from Point A to Point B with some small degree of embarrassment. Now it's snagging awards like World Car of the Year and setting the trend on both style and safety.
The Ford F-150 is a popular truck. It's a very popular truck. In 2018 alone, over 1 million F-150s were sold around the world, and it's been the No. 1 selling truck since 1977. That said, the Ford F-150 Raptor introduced in 2017 is a very cool version of a very cool truck. It's the high-performance version of the F-150 designed for some serious off-road fun. With a terrain-management system, exceptional shocks and more, the Raptor was what you wanted for on-road and off.
Chevy often plays second fiddle to Ford when it comes to pickup trucks, but there's a reason Chevy's Silverado is still in the game after all these years, and its third generation, released in 2014, is rock solid. The Silverado routinely sells over 400,00 units every year and had cracked 500,000 and even 600,000 some years in the past decade. It took Truck of the Year in 2011, Wards Best Engine Award and numerous others.
Stuck with the Cybertruck
It's a Wild Card slot to call this one for the Cybertruck, a vehicle that hasn't even rolled out to the public yet, but Tesla debuted it in 2019, and it hit harder than any new car reveal of the entire decade. No vehicle gets hype like this, gets the social media buzz like this, or gets the full press treatment like this. It was like the premiere of a new "Star Wars" trailer and had the mystery of a new product, the drama of a perfect demonstration fail when the windows broke and the allure of a crazy new tech gadget everyone wants to try.
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