Cars / SUV / Trucks - Best and Top Ranked 2010
Considering buying a new vehicle for 2010? This is a list of the Best & Top Ranked Automobiles to get you started. Each model provides the most value for the money.
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The Lexus LS 460 flagship luxury sedans debut revised styling, new electronics and a new optional performance-tuned Sport Package for 2010. Lexus continues to offer the Lexus LS 460 and long-wheelbase Lexus LS 460 L, both available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
In front, the 2010 LS 460 models stand apart with a revised grille, bumper, and headlamps, while rear styling is enhanced with revised taillamps, license plate surround and exhaust diffusers. New side mirrors feature integrated turn signals, and the standard 18-inch wheels have a new 10-spoke design.
The new Safety Connect™ and Lexus Enform™ telematics systems are available with a complimentary one-year trial subscription. Safety Connect is standard on all Lexus LS 460 models. Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, available on vehicles equipped with the optional navigation system, adds premium subscription convenience services.
The 2010 Infiniti M is largely unchanged for what is its final model year in its current design. These V6 and V8 sedans are the larger and costlier of Infiniti's two premium midsize cars. The M35 has a 303-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. The M45 has a 325-hp 4.5-liter V8. Each is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Rear-drive M35 models have a 7-speed automatic transmission. The AWD M35 and all V8 versions use a 5-speed automatic. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Leather upholstery, sunroof, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and keyless entry and engine start are standard. An optional Sport Package on rear-drive models includes firmer suspension tuning, Infiniti's Rear Active Steer, sport bucket seats, and specific trim. Lane-departure warning, a heated power-reclining rear seat, and navigation system are among the options.
The 2010 Infiniti G37 coupe and sedan get slightly freshened exterior and interior styling. The G37 convertible sees no major changes following its introduction for the 2009 model year. This premium midsize car comes in 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan versions along with a 2-door convertible with a power-retractable hard top. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on the coupe and sedan. Trim levels include G37 Base, all-wheel drive G37x, G37 Journey, and G37S Sport 6MT. All have a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 330 hp in the coupe and 328 in the sedan and convertible. The G37S Sport 6MT has a 6-speed manual transmission. All others use a 7-speed automatic. All body styles come with rear-wheel drive. Coupes and sedans are offered with all-wheel drive. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags.
The 2010 Ford Focus is available as a sedan or coupe. The four-door body style is offered in four trim levels. The base S sedan comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a four-speaker audio system with a single-CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. Satellite radio is the only available option. Upgrading to the SE will get you all of the above plus 15-inch alloy wheels and full power accessories. There's also more to choose from in terms of options, such as a rear spoiler, foglamps, the Sync electronics interface (includes Bluetooth and iPod integration), an upgraded stereo with a six-CD changer, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, customizable interior lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and a sunroof.
The 2010 Silverado 1500 is largely unchanged. GM continues to offer this large pickup truck in regular-, extended-, and crew-cab body styles. It share its basic design with the GMC Sierra 1500. Extended cabs retain their rear-hinged doors that don't open independently of the fronts. Regular cabs seat up to three passengers, while extendeds and crews seat up to six. Bed lengths of 5.8, 6.6, and 8.0 feet are offered. Note that the extended cab offers only 6.6- and 8.0-foot beds; the 5.8-foot bed has been dropped. The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado is available with two interiors, dubbed "pure pickup" and "luxury inspired." Available engines, depending on cab and bed configuration are as follows: 195-hp 4.3-liter V6; 302-hp 4.8-liter V8; 315-hp 5.3-liter V8; and 403-hp 6.2-liter V8. New for 2010, all conventional V8 engines are now capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel. The 5.3 V8 has GM's Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. V6 and 4.8 V8 Silverados use a 4-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed automatic is standard with the 5.3 and 6.2 V8s. Rear-wheel drive is standard. Two 4-wheel-drive systems are offered: a part-time setup that should not be left engaged on dry pavement and GM's Autotrac that can.
The 2010 Honda Civic Sedan sees no major changes after a modest freshening for 2009. The Civic comes as a 4-door sedan and a 2-door coupe (see separate reports). Also offered are a gas/electric Hybrid sedan, and a GX sedan that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) (see separate reports). Sedans come in DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L, and sporty Si trims. All except Si have a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Si versions have a 197-horsepower 2.0-liter four. All 140-horsepower Civics come with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Si has a mandatory 6-speed manual. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. EX-L models have leather upholstery with heated front seats. A navigation system with voice activation and a wireless cell-phone link are available on EX, EX-L, Si, and Hybrid.
The 2010 Chevrolet Traverse is largely unchanged following its introduction in the 2009 model year. Traverse seats up to eight and shares its basic design with the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook. The Chevy differs from its corporate cousins in pricing, features, and details. Three rows of seats are standard. LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels are offered. The 2nd row includes bucket seats or a bench for a total passenger capacity of seven or eight, respectively. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 281 hp in the LS and LT and 288 hp in the LTZ. Maximum towing capacity is 5200 lb.
The 2010 Mazda 5 gains some new safety features. Mazda 5 shares elements of its basic design with the Mazda 3 compact car, but has a longer, taller body with seating for six, minivan-style sliding rear-side doors, and a one-piece liftgate. Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring versions are available. All have a 153-hp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on Sport. A 5-speed automatic is optional on Sport and standard on Touring and Grand Touring. Seating comes in three rows of two. The 2nd- and 3rd-rows fold, and the 2nd-row seats recline and slide fore and aft to adjust for cargo or passenger space. Available safety features include ABS, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. New for 2010 are traction control and an antiskid system. A sunroof is standard on Touring and Grand Touring. Grand Touring has leather upholstery, heated front seats, and xenon headlamps. A navigation system is optional for Grand Touring.
The 2010 Nissan Altima receives slightly freshened interior and exterior styling. This midsize car comes in sedan and coupe body styles. Compared with the coupes, sedans ride on a longer wheelbase and are slightly longer overall. Four-cylinder and V6 engines are shared between body styles, though a gas/electric hybrid model is only offered as a sedan.
Altima 2.5 models come in Base and S trim levels. They have a 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. V6 versions are called 3.5 SR and use a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on all sedans and available on coupes. Coupes are also offered with a 6-speed manual. Altima Hybrids are sold in California, Oregon, and certain northeastern states. Hybrids pair the 4-cylinder engine and CVT with a battery-powered electric motor for 198 hp. The Hybrid can run on one or both of its power sources depending on driving conditions, and does not require plug-in charging. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. A navigation system is available and includes a rearview camera. An SL Package for 2.5 S models includes leather upholstery and heated front seats.
The 2010 Toyota Prius is redesigned with freshened styling, more power, higher EPA fuel-economy figures, and a host of newly standard and optional features. This gas/electric hybrid is a five-passenger, 4-door hatchback that teams a 4-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Toyota's hybrid system allows Prius to run on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. No plug-in charging is required.
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis offers slightly more V8 power following its introduction for the 2009 model year. Hyundai's largest car comes in two models, 3.8 and 4.6. The 3.8 has a 290-hp 3.8-liter V6 engine. The 4.6 has a 385-hp 4.6-liter V8 engine, an increase of 10 hp from 2009. A 6-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front and rear side airbags. All models have a knob in the center console that governs audio, navigation, and other functions. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. A navigation system, power rear sunshade, and power tilt and telescopic steering wheel are standard on the 4.6 and optional on the 3.8. A cooled driver seat, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera are available on all.