TTAC's Ten Best Automobiles for 2007: Nominations

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
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I recently wrote a “where are they now” update for the winners of TTAC’s first annual Ten Worst Automobiles awards. Commentators Cellman and Drew shook their metaphorical heads at our negativity and challenged us to look at the other end of the spectrum. And so TTAC’s Ten Best Automobiles awards were born. Yes, yes; all the buff books and big sites do it. But TTAC readers are more discerning, our selection process more democratic and our timing… enigmatic. So read the rules below and then tell us which vehicles you consider worthy of a TTAC Ten Best.


A Ten Best-worthy vehicle is a special beast. The vehicle’s overall design and build quality (design, materials or ergonomics) may inspire your nomination. Or technological innovation (fuel efficiency, aerodynamics or electronics) could float your boat. Safety (e-nannies, structural integrity or technological innovations) may play a role. And raw performance (gut-punching acceleration, neck straining cornering or eye-popping braking) is always a fave.

Of course, any of these factors can produce a good car. But truly great cars– the automotive equivalent of a tea bag [loosely] packed with Darjeeling White– are an irresistible combination of all these characteristics, along with a huge noseful of that addictive aroma we call the X-factor. Those are the vehicles we’re looking for.

In short, nominate the cars, pickups, SUVs, CUVs and/or minivans that you consider the best of the best; vehicles that are so good you can’t help but wonder why their cohorts aren’t built with the same passion, care and precision. Oh, and we'd really appreciate it if you stick to the rules.

2007 Ten Best Automobiles Award

Rules of Engagement

1. To qualify for a Ten Best, a vehicle must have been offered for sale as a new vehicle in the U.S. between May 7, 2006 and May 7, 2007. Otherwise, nominations may be made regardless of the automobile’s price, market segment, country of origin, production/sales numbers, domestic content or average buyer’s average IQ.

2. TTAC will only accept Ten Best nominations that list at least one reason why a given vehicle qualifies for an award. (Nominations bereft of justification will be deleted with extreme prejudice.) The more poetic your justification, the greater the chances your candidate will make it to the final selection process. (That’s our story and we’re sticking with it.)

3. “Me too” and “yeah, like he said” nominations will also disappear. Even if you share a previous nominator’s rationale for a given nomination, practice your anti-plagiarism skills with paraphrasing, thesaurus-based word substitutions and drug-induced creativity.

4. If you disagree with a particular nomination, feel free to offer an opposing view. However, TTAC’s posting policy is in full force. Anyone who flames (personally attacks) the website, its authors or fellow commentators will have their comment deleted and face a permanent posting ban.

5. Once nominations are closed, TTAC’s writing staff will hold a secret ballot to select 20 vehicles from the nominees. They will base their vote on the number of nominations received, the eloquence of their champions and their personal opinions of the vehicles in question.

6. We will then submit these 20 finalists to you, our esteemed readers. You may vote (via an electronic poll) for the ten vehicles on the list which you deem worthy of a Ten Best. Anyone who votes more than once will be permanently banned from commenting on TTAC, and don’t try any of that new account, different IP stuff with us, Mister.

7. Nominations begin today. We will publish the 20 finalists for voting on or around May 21. The winners will be announced on or around the first week in June. Winning manufacturers will find out when they read the results on TTAC.

And there you have it. Post your nominations with the required justification(s) below. Meanwhile, thank you for your support and enthusiasm. It wouldn’t be half as much fun without you.


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  • JuniorMint JuniorMint on May 14, 2007

    Count me in for the SCION XB. The Fit may be the safe (boring) bet for the economy car class, but let's face it - beating out the Chevy AveOMG is no great challenge. Let's go for something a little more exciting, boys! If you weren't too chicken to actually be seen in one, you'd have bought an xBox instead of a Fit, too. I guess the Fit hits the car buyer demographic sweet spot - between "young enough to be trendy" and "too old to give a damn" - but the xB is a much better value for the money. Power-everything, VSC, much more respectable safety ratings, and a host of too-fun-not-to-have options like glowing cupholders and color-changing radio consoles make the xB surge ahead of the pack as a true TBAG contender. Owners are likely to be just as shocked by the amazing features as the fact that the thing squatting in the driveway is something they actually paid money for. With a Tahoe-sized interior (take that, Civic-sized Fit!) and lots and LOTS of vertical space, the interior is less like an economy car, and more like a full-size SUV. Minus, of course, the cargo hatch and Pam-Anderson-sized "headlight assembly." Actually, the exterior looks a lot like that, too. I'll admit, there are times I've longed for a few more than 108 horses, but it's specced just right for zipping around Caravans and Suburbans in mall parking lots, and let's face it, that's 80% of what we do with our cars anyway. The Fit may be just boring enough to be driveable by most of the American population, but it's still a go-kart with doors. The xB is more of a party box. On wheels. And besides...aerodynamics are overrated. :)

  • Joshpaul2006 Joshpaul2006 on May 19, 2007

    I'd like to nominate: 2007 Saturn Vue because of it's classy European styling and its almost perfect interior. 2007 Jeep Patriot just because its 100000000000 times better than the Compass and Caliber and is actually a kick ass off roader. 2007 Chevrolet Silverado because it's got the best interior and towing capacity in its class(Toyota can kiss it) 2007 Cadillac Escalade bling ain't everybody's cup of tea but it's working for Cadillac and all the other luxo classers are copying the bling factor.

  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.
  • Carsofchaos The problem with congestion, dear friends, is not the cars per se. I drive into the city daily and the problem is this:Your average street in the area used to be 4 lanes. Now it is a bus lane, a bike lane (now you're down to two lanes), then you have delivery trucks double parking, along with the Uber and Lyft drivers also double parking. So your 4 lane avenue is now a 1.5 lane avenue. Do you now see the problem? Congestion pricing will fix none of these things....what it WILL do is fund persion plans.
  • FreedMike Many F150s I encounter are autonomously driven...and by that I mean they're driving themselves because the dips**ts at the wheel are paying attention to everything else but the road.
  • Tassos A "small car", TIM????????????This is the GLE. Have you even ever SEEN the huge thing at a dealer's??? NOT even the GLC,and Merc has TWO classes even SMALLER than the C (The A and the B, you guessed it? You must be a GENIUS!).THe E is a "MIDSIZED" crossover, NOT A SMALL ONE BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, oh CLUELESS one.I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE NONSENSE you post here every god damned day.And I BET you will never even CORRECT your NONSENSE, much less APOLOGIZE for your cluelessness and unprofessionalism.
  • Stuki Moi "How do you take a small crossover and make it better?Slap the AMG badge on it and give it the AMG treatment."No, you don't.In fact, that is specifically what you do NOT do.Huge, frail wheels, and postage stamp sidewalls, do nothing but make overly tall cuvs tramline and judder. And render them even less useful across the few surfaces where they could conceivably have an advantage over more properly dimensioned cars. And: Small cuvs have pitiful enough fuel range as it is, even with more sensible engines.Instead, to make a small CUV better, you 1)make it a lower slung wagon. And only then give it the AMG treatment. AMG'ing, makes sense for the E class. And these days with larger cars, even the C class. For the S class, it never made sense, aside from the sheer aural visceralness of the last NA V8. The E-class is the center of AMG. Even the C-class, rarely touches the M3.Or 2) You give it the Raptor/Baja treatment. Massive, hypersophisticated suspension travel allowing landing meaningful jumps. As well as driving up and down wide enough stairs if desired. That's a kind of driving for which a taller stance, and IFS/IRS, makes sense.Attempting to turn a CUV into some sort of a laptime wonder, makes about as much sense as putting an America's Cup rig atop a ten deck cruiseship.