Best of 2011: ‘The List’

It’s been an amazing 2011. Because of some amazing opportunities I’ve had through CultureMap, the Texas Auto Writers Association and a few very generous friends, I’ve been able to drive a huge variety of different cars this year. Some for ten minutes, some for a week. Here is the list of (more or less, I may have missed a few) every car I’ve driven in 2011: 

2011 Acura TL
2012 Audi A6
2011 Buick Regal Turbo
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
2012 Cadillac SRX
2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible
2012 Chevrolet Corvette
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
2011 Chevolet Equinox
2011 Chevrolet Silverado
2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chrysler 200
2011 Chrysler 300
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (electric conversion)
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (supercharged)
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392
2012 Dodge Durango Citadel
2012 Dodge Journey
2011 Fiat 500
2012 Fiat 500c
2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost
2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch Super Duty
2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Focus
2011 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
2011 Ford Mustang GT convertible
2011 GMC Sierra Denali
2011 Infiniti G37 IPL
2012 Honda Pilot
2004 Honda S2000
2011 Hyundai Elantra
2011 Hyundai Equus
2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec
2012 Jaguar XFR
2012 Jaguar XJ
2012 Jaguar XJ Supercharged
2012 Jaguar XKR
2012 Jaguar XKR-S
2011 Jeep Liberty
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2011 Kia Optima Turbo
2012 Kia Sorento
2012 Kia Soul
2011 Kia Sportage
2007 Land Rover LR3
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
2011 Lexus CT200h
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
2011 Lotus Evora
2011 Mazda2
2012 Mazda CX-9
1993 Mazda MX-5 Miata
1995 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2012 Mercedes ML350
2012 Mercedes R350 BlueTEC
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
2010 Mistubishi Evolution X
2008 Nissan 350Z
2011 Nissan 370Z Nismo
2012 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X
2011 Nissan Leaf
2011 Nissan Quest
2012 Nissan Titan
2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X
2004 Porsche 911 GT3
2012 Ram Longhorn Edition
2012 Ram 1500
2012 Scion TC
2011 Smart ForTwo
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi sedan
2011 Suzuki Kazashi
2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Toyota FJ Crusier
2012 Toyota Highlander
2012 Toyota Land Cruiser
2012 Toyota Tundra
2011 Volkswagen Eos
2011 Volkswagen GTI
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2011 Volvo S60 T5
2011 Volvo S60 T6

Whew! I’ve been asked what the best car was, and it’s impossible to say. I even thought about giving my own car of the year award just for fun but it would be silly. The Cadillac CTS-V is a brilliant but obvious choice, the 911 GT3 left me tingling for days and the Lotus Evora is the one that I wanted to win. If I were to just choose ‘Surprise of the Year’ it may come down to the VW GTI or the Ford Focus. Or maybe not.

Look for more content labeled Best of 2011 as the year winds down.


  1. motoringconbrio December 22, 2011

    incredible! i’m envious. was the GTI a good surprise or a bad surprise?

  2. Kevin December 24, 2011

    The GTI was a great surprise, I had simply forgotten how sweetly it drives. The last one I drove was an ’05 DSG and I liked it, but it’s memory must have faded from my mind. Driving the 2011 (manual) reminded me what an underrated, refined package it is. So confidence-inspiring to drive quickly, too.

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