The BMW 3 Series (and its 4 Series coupe spin-off) is the next most awarded model in the publication's esteem, but was left off the list for the second year running, its place kept warm by the M235i. TheCorvette didn't make the cut either, usurped as it were by the Camaro, but roadster enthusiasts will note the return of the MX-5 Miata after a two-year absence.
Notable exceptions that editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman says he wishes could have made the list, but didn't in the end, include the Cadillac ATS-V, Honda Civic, and Mercedes C450. At least Caddy and Honda can take solace in one of their other products making the cut, but Mercedes cannot. Mazda is the only automaker with two models on the list.