We try our hardest to be unbiased, but the cars that catch our eye are the ones that accelerate, handle and stop with competence. A large part of this is based on some fundamental design and packaging choices made during the vehicles development.
After examining the top performing vehicles, we identified over 15 criteria that set the best cars apart from the rest. With these criteria, we created the Velocity Index to get a feel for whether or not a vehicle could be a standout performance model. Keep in mind, big differences in numbers are of interest -- minor differences are insignificant.
This is only a guideline number that represents the car's "potential" to be a top-performing vehicle. We test a lot of cars. There will always be an intangible quality to certain cars that just makes them "feel right". Variances in manufacturing may even yield differences between two otherwise identical vehicles... Your mileage will vary.
|Ferrari 488 GTB||90|
|Porsche 718 Cayman||88|
|Alfa Romeo 4C||87|
|Chevrolet Corvette Coupe||86|
|Ferrari 488 Spider||86|
|Lamborghini Huracan Spyder||86|
Best of Breed:
|Convertible||Ferrari 488 Spider / Lamborghini Huracan Spyder||86|
|Coupe||Ferrari 488 GTB / Lamborghini Aventador / Lamborghini Huracan||90|
|SUV||Land Rover Range Rover Sport||69|
|Sedan||Audi A7 (RS 7) / BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe (Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe) / Mercedes-Benz C-Class||81|
|Truck||Ford F-150 Crew Cab||54|
|Van||Chrysler Pacifica / Honda Odyssey||48|
|Wagon||Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo||75|
For most of us, that really only tells part of the story. It seems justified that a $300,000 sports car should be at the top of the list. A more interesting question is, "how do I get the most performance for my dollar? Whats the best "'value?'"
Overall Best (price adjusted):
|Fiat 124 Spider|
|Honda Civic coupe|
|Mazda Mazda3 sedan|