Top Rides of 2008

Popular Mechanics rolls out 2008's hottest rides

By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User

Posted Nov 10, 2007 4:34 PM CST

(Newser) Popular Mechanics test drove a fleet of upcoming cars and trucks to conceive this list of 2008's best rides, in ten categories:

  1. Design: Nissan GT-R
  2. Value: Scion xB
  3. Energy efficiency: GMC Yukon Hybrid and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

  1. Performance: BMW M3
  2. Versatility: Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan
  3. Fun to drive: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  4. Off-Road ability: Toyota Land Cruiser
  5. Luxury: Cadillac CTS
  6. Workhorse: GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD and Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 HD
  7. Technical Innovation: Ford Sync

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn gestures next to the company's new GT-R at the press preview for the 39th Tokyo Motor Show at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo, in this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, FILE)
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn gestures next to the company's new GT-R at the press preview for the 39th Tokyo Motor Show at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo, in this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye,...   (Associated Press)
This undated photo provided by Scion, shows the 2008 Scion xB.  (AP Photo/Scion, Toyota/Wieck)
This undated photo provided by Scion, shows the 2008 Scion xB. (AP Photo/Scion, Toyota/Wieck)   (Associated Press)
A Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, recipient of an Automotive Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics for 2008.
A Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, recipient of an Automotive Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics for 2008.   (Getty Images)
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, smiles as he introduces Nissan GT-R at the Tokyo Motor Show in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, smiles as he introduces Nissan GT-R at the Tokyo Motor Show in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)   (Associated Press)
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