TTAC's Ten Best and Ten Worst Car Nominees Are In (Vote Now for the Finals)

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Here they are – the nominees for the Best and Worst Cars of 2018, as chosen by TTAC staff and readers.

If you need a refresher on the original guidelines and rules, click here.


You have until Friday, November 2nd, at 5 p.m. Central time to cast your ballot. We have 20 nominees in each category, but only 10 will make the cut. You can only vote once.

Yes, I know, the original cutoff was Halloween, but I wanted to give you a couple days of extra time. You can thank me later.

I will go into greater detail on the nominees later – I don’t want to influence the votes upfront – but I do have a few thoughts:

  • The nominations aren’t shocking. We know what you like, you know what we like (and don’t like), and the numbers played out in a fairly predictable manner.
  • The Chevrolet Silverado and Jeep Wrangler were probably the most divisive vehicles – the Wrangler was one vote the other way from being in the other column. The Silverado did end up just missing the cut in both categories.
  • There’s no exact science when it comes to separating performance models from their pedestrian stablemates. Same goes for bodystyles that share platforms. So I went with the “you know it when you see it” reasoning, and tried to keep trims and bodystyles together. This is why the Civic Type-R is grouped with all Civics and the GTI, Golf R, and Golf wagons are in the same group. There were exceptions – the Regals were separated – but none of those vehicles got enough votes one way or another make the cut. The Fiat 500 vehicles – 500, 500L, and 500X – were separated due to variations in their respective missions. The 500 Abarth was included in the 500 tally.
  • Speaking of that, I’ve made note of it on the poll, but all trims should be considered for each nominee. So, for example, the base Corvette and the ZR1 are both included.
  • The Mitsubishi Outlander is different than the Outlander Sport.
  • As you’ll see by looking at the list, Fiat and Mitsubishi need to do some soul-searching. So does Nissan, although the company may just be in a weird place in its product cadence that’s causing some vehicles to be long in the tooth.
  • Your reasoning was interesting. Some of you went by sales numbers, some by looks, some by value, applying these criteria to both categories. Many of vehicles getting “worst” votes aren’t bad, per se, but outdated.
  • I am aware of Bark’s counterpoint that this shouldn’t be a popularity contest. And maybe in the future, we’ll limit it to only cars you’ve driven. However, I do think doing things the way we are opens the field up – and you’d be on the honor system about what you’ve driven, anyway.
  • Some of you can’t follow instructions, and some of you would be ashamed to face your English teachers today. At least one of you was trolling me/us, as well. Tsk, tsk.
  • On a related note, I threw out votes for entire brands. I get the sentiment, but it’s a massive hassle to go through a full-line automaker and add the tallies for each model for each of you who did that. Maybe I should’ve been more specific, but c’mon people…
  • Also, some of you voted for cars you can’t buy in the U.S., despite the fact that a car needed to be sold here to qualify.
  • An incorrect vote didn’t disqualify entire ballots. So if you voted for or against an entire brand, but the rest of your ballot was A-OK, it counted. Ditto if you just voted for one or two entries instead of 10 each.
  • We had 50 survey responses and five staff responses. At a later date, after voting, I’ll have a post with staff voting.
  • I will also have a post with a deeper dive into your nominations at a later date. I do not want to influence voting.

So that’s it. Go vote here. Do your car-enthusiast duty and make your voice heard.

For those too lazy to click the link, here’s the list.


  • Audi A5
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Kia Stinger
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Mazda 6
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Porsche 911
  • Ram 1500
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Volkswagen Golf (including GTI, R, and wagons)


  • Acura ILX
  • Buick Cascada
  • Buick Envision
  • Chevrolet Trax
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Dodge Journey
  • Fiat 500
  • Fiat 500L
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Ford Taurus
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Nissan Versa
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota C-HR

[Image: Shutterstock user 3dfoto]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToddAtlasF1 ToddAtlasF1 on Oct 30, 2018

    The Mazda MX-5 is the only car on the best list that has any place there.

  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Oct 30, 2018

    Just want to express how surprised I was at my own rankings in the "worst" category. All I did was think of which of these nominations I hated the most, continuing on so that number 20 was the car I'd actually buy in the list if forced to pick a vehicle from it. Not gonna say which one, but I wonder whether the fact that I drove one as a rental and came away with a pleasant overall experience helped it a bit.

  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.
  • The Oracle These are all over the roads in droves here in WNC. Rarely see one on the side of the road, they are wildly popular, capable, and reliable. There is a market for utilitarian vehicles.