TTAC's Ten Best Cars Of 2012 Nominations Are Now Open

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
ttacs ten best cars of 2012 nominations are now open

It’s been a few years since TTAC has held an award ceremony for the best and worst vehicles, but 2012 marks the re-birth of two storied traditions for the site – and it’s all decided by you, the readers.

The rules and process are similar to our TWAT awards, though we’re looking for the vehicles that stand out for positive reasons. Just as it’s difficult to find a truly bad car in this marketplace, it’s also hard to find something really oustanding. Everything on the market is pretty good, but we’re looking for great.

Have at it, but don’t forget the rules listed below.

1. To qualify, a vehicle must be offered for sale as a new vehicle in the U.S. between Jan 1, 2012 and now. Where it’s built, where the company is headquartered, sales volume, price or neat swag from the manufacturer play no part in the selection process.

2. We’ll only accept nominations that give at least one legitimate reason why a vehicle qualifies for the award. It helps if you’ve had some time behind the wheel and can pass along first-hand experience.

3. Nominations that don’t include justification, just say “me too” or similarly indicate lack of mental prowess and it will simply disappear. Boom! Gone.

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 gather in a secret e-conclave to select 20 finalists from the nominees. The more eloquent the nomination, the better chance it has of surviving our (let’s face it) subjective process.

6. We will submit these 20 finalists for your consideration. You may vote (via an electronic poll) for up to ten vehicles on the list which you deem worthy of a place TTAC’s Ten Best. Don’t get carried away, though. We’re going to do everything we can to prevent voting improprieties. After all, this isn’t Chicago!

7. The winners will be announced whenever we get around to it. We have nothing to give the winners but our disdain, so the winning manufacturers will find out about it like everyone else.

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  • Jase Jase on Oct 10, 2012

    2013 Lincoln MKZ. It has a very interesting design both interior and exterior, and the hybrid version can be had for only a few thousand more than the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

  • Hayden535 Hayden535 on Oct 11, 2012

    2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. It's a diesel wagon that gets 40 mpg, handles great, and has plenty of room for a family and its stuff. Reliability reports have been better than VW averages and it can be had for well under 30k. The car is truly in a category of its own. I don't believe there is any other vehicle offering the combination of fuel economy, driving fun, and engine longevity. It's not for everyone, but it's probably a much better choice for many Americans buying 25-30mpg crossovers instead.

  • Poltergeist Make sure you order the optional Dungdai fire suppression system.
  • Prabirmehta I charge my EV at home 100% of the time. The EV is used for in-town driving and the gas guzzling SUV is used for out of town trips. This results in a huge cost saving and rare trips to the gas station.
  • Conundrum Three cylinder Ford Escapes, Chevy whatever it is that competes, and now the Rogue. Great, ain't it? Toyota'll be next with a de-tuned GR Corolla/Yaris powerplant. It's your life getting better and better, yes indeed. A piston costs money, you know.The Rogue and Altima used to have the zero graviy foam front seats. Comfy, but the new Rogue dumps that advance. Costs money. And that color-co-ordinated gray interior, my, ain't it luvverly? Ten years after they perfected it in the first Versa to appeal to the terminally depressed, it graduates to the Rogue.There's nothing decent to buy on the market for normal money. Not a damn thing interests me at all.
  • Inside Looking Out It looks good and is popular in SF Bay Area.
  • Inside Looking Out Ford F150 IMHO. It is a true sports car on our freeways.