Best-Looking Cars of 2009-2010

2009 Dodge Nitro

We’ve polled people from Maine to California, and they all come up with the same answer: The sharpest, sexiest, hottest vehicle of this past year is … the Dodge Nitro!

Well, if enough people think it’s the best-looking, that will make it so. That’s how the Mercedes E-Class Coupe got to the top. In May it was reported that

the German publication AUTO BILD asked its readers to vote for the best looking car in each of five categories, with the prerequisite being that all of the vehicles must have made their debut in the last year. Then, some 100,000 readers responded, voting the 2010 E-Class 2010 Mercedes E-Class CoupeCoupe winner in the “Coupe and Cabriolet” category and bestowing the 2010 E-Class sedan with top honors in the overall ranking. Based on this highly scientific, one-hundred percent definitive study, Daimler arrived at the only conclusion that one could derive from a study of this type: that the E-Class business saloon [sedan] is “the most attractive new car in the world.”

Well, the cars shown here, excepting the Nitro, are my choice, my taste, and so there. The E-Coupe is just above. You decide.

2010 BMW Z4The Germans are surely producing prettier cars than they have in years past. BMW’s new Z4 is a big improvement on the older version. I want one.

2009 Jaguar XFThere has been much hoopla about the new Jaguar XJ, and I’ve looked at some photos and video. I think they missed the boat on this one. The downmarket XF is better looking and still a great performance sedan. I saw one in New York a couple of months ago, and it’s even better looking in the flesh.

2009 Alfa Romeo MiToIn the same vein, we’ve heard much about the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, including its $300,000 pricetag. For that kind of change, it better be good looking. Alfa has also produced the MiTo (above), which may be the world’s best-looking small car.

2009 Ford MondeoOkay, you ask, why no American cars? ‘Cause most of them are just plain ugly. Everyone says the Fusion is the best looking U.S. hybrid. If so, that speaks volumes about how lackluster our cars are. The Mondeo (above), on which the Fusion was based, is much better looking, but Ford dumbed the design down, for reasons best known to them.

2010 Corvette Grand SportBut we still like the Corvette, especially the Grand Sport version.

2010 Mazda CX-9And finally the Mazda CX-9 crossover, which is a really sharp design for a medium-size crossover, beautifully executed. My nephew has one, and it makes his former 2006 Volvo look like something out of a World War II motor pool.

Let us know how you rank these babies and, of course, which cars I should have included but didn’t.



  1. id have to say that the buggatti is the best looking car fastest to but giid looking none the less

  2. Although the Porsche Panamera is not the most photogenic car it is as design one can easily fall in love with after seeing it in person. The Volkswagen Passat CC is also has a nice shape and a nice price. The Volkswagen Passat, although not an exiting example of design, is a shape that has aged exceptionally well over the past few years and has a classy look. Even though not sold on the U.S. market, the Renault Megane Coupe has a handsome rear, mimicking the tailights of an Aston Martin. The Aston Martin is still a smooth, hansome, dignified, classy, and authoritative design. The Jaguar XK is stunning especially in light blue. The Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie is handsome, solid, and refined. The Mini Cooper is a modern classic. The Peugeot 207 is nicley styled. The Aston Martin Vantage line is smart and elegant. Land Rover Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports are hansome and commanding yet elegant. The R8 is a looker and attention grabber to the car guy or anybody like Karl Rove is too many people because he grabs your attention no matter what ideology you believe in.

  3. I think he was trying to not just cop out and list the most exotic and expensive supercars in the world. Not to mention it’s his opinion…I personally think the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach look better than any modern Ferrari or Lamborghini, but you may disagree. Undoubtedly this list would be complete with the Brera and/or the 159. Not a fan of the soft roader Mazda though, best looking off-roaders in my opinion are all Range Rovers and the original Hummer, not the new pimp’s models.

  4. You people are idiots, how any of these cars beat out the ferrari, Lamborghini reventon, Pagani zonda, etc is absolutley ridiculous. Thanks for being complete morons.

  5. i will end this entire discussion just by saying that the new 2010 buick lacrosse looks better than any car that i’ve seen for 2010.

  6. I disagree with the choice of the Nitro as well. The new Z4 is a looker, but I believe that your photo is the old version.

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