The Mustang continues to represent retro done right. Even in the face of fresh competition from the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro, the Mustang proves that the virtue of lighter weight can (sometimes) overshadow the specter of lower horsepower.
The most talked about and hotly anticipated 2010-model new car couldn't have rumbled onto the scene at a worse time, with the economy collapsing and its maker skidding into bankruptcy. But the faithful didn't care, proving that there's a wellspring of goodwill to be tapped by a really cool American car.
It's not an enthusiast's machine, but neither is the typical Lexus, a marque - and a mark - that Buick is closer than ever to hitting with the LaCrosse, the first truly new mid-size Buick in more than twenty years.
Just as last year's new Malibu showed that Chevrolet could finally field a no-excuses sedan, the 2010 Equinox makes an equally strong case in the all-important crossover segment. Fuel economy and interior refinement, in particular, aren't just improved, they're as good as anything in the class.
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Although the Cadillac CTS may finally be able to credibly compete with the segment-leading BMW 3-series, it'll never match the Bimmer's sales numbers by fielding just one body style. Thus the wisdom of the sharp-looking CTS wagon and, next year, the striking CTS coupe.
In the luxury-crossover arena, the big player is the transverse-mounted-V-6, front-wheel-drive Lexus RX. So the new Cadillac SRX hews precisely to that formula, while also cutting its price dramatically. Because sometimes you have to go where the volume is.