Ford tops all sizes in affordable cars with Fiesta, Fusion and Taurus while Audi gains a hat-trick in luxury segments!

US NEWS Rankings & Reviews is one of the most looked-up to review lists in the United States and elsewhere. They have brought out their jury selection for the year 2012. These rankings are done based on multiple reviews of the models and in some cases, several tests in various aspects of an automobile.

2012 Chrysler 300 is among the top 3 affordable cars

A few of the models may be alien to our roads but they do give an overall impression of what sells and what runs on the other side of the Northern hemisphere. What is surprising in most of the categories this year is that the regal German Duo – BMW and Mercedes – have been pushed plenty behind in the mainstream segments by the popular American brands Ford and Chevy with some help from the Koreans and Japanese. Occasionally, you’ll see Subaru leading the list – the brand has been an American favourite for long, and not without reason, even though that might come as a surprise to buyers in the Middle East.

The absence of German heavyweights on the top and an overcrowded American brand presence are not the norms usually, though the list is based on American roads. The Japanese as well as the traditional German leaders used to feature way above in these lists till a couple of years ago. Interestingly, Audi has held its ground pretty well with the A4, A6 and A7 models while pushing their German rivals behind in most segment they are featured together!

A6 beat its German rivals Merc E class and the Jaguar XF, even the A7 to be top of the list in luxury large cars.

It’s good to see these dynamics at work – coz whatever else it means, it also means that the automobile market is certainly not in a limbo. After all, whatever is on wheels makes sense only when it’s moving!

Affordable Small Cars

2012 Ford Fiesta

2012 Honda Fit

2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

(2012 Chevrolet Sonic and 2012 VolksWagen Golf also at No. 5)

Upscale Small Cars

2012 Volkswagen GTI

2012 Audi A3

2012 BMW 1-Series

2012 Mini Cooper Countryman

2012 Nissan Leaf

The new Mini Countryman is No. 4 among the upscale small cars, just behind the Bimmer 1-series

Hatchbacks

2012 Ford Fiesta

2012 Honda Fit

2012 Volkswagen GTI

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

(2012 Volkswagen Golf also at No. 5)

Affordable Midsize Cars

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Honda Accord

Upscale Midsize Cars

2012 Audi A4

2012 Buick Regal

2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Infiniti G

2012 Cadillac CTS

Affordable Large Cars

2012 Ford Taurus

2012 Buick LaCrosse

2012 Chrysler 300

2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Dodge Charger

Among the top 5 luxury large cars, Infiniti M. This was shot during the Dubai Motor Show.

Luxury Large Cars

2012 Audi A6

2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 Audi A7

2012 Jaguar XF

2012 Infiniti M

Super Luxury Cars

2012 Audi A8

2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2012 Porsche Panamera

2012 Mercedes Benz S-Class Hybrid

2012 BMW 7-series

(2012 Jaguar XJ is also at No. 5)

Exotic Cars

2009 Maserati Quattroporte

2009 Maybach 57

2009 Maybach 62

2008 Maserati GranTurismo

All three American legends - favourites of Middle East petrol heads – have made the Affordable Sports Car list – Mustang, Camaro and Challenger (in the picture). Mazda MX-5 has enjoyed worldwide accolades is in second position while the 370Z is already a hot local favourite!

Affordable Sports Cars

2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

2012 Nissan 370 Z

2012 Dodge Challenger

Luxury Sports Cars

Porsche Cayman

2011 Chevrolet Corvette

2011 Porsche Boxster

2011 Audi TT

2011 BMW Z4

(2011 Mercedes Benz SLK is also at No.5)

Super Luxury Sports Cars

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL

2011 Nissan GTR

2011 Jaguar XK

The SLS AMG is just ahead of the Lexus LFA and follows the hugely feted Aventador and R8, as well as the Ferrari FF in the exotic list – no surprises in this list at least!

Exotic Sports Cars

2012 Lamborghini Aventador

2012 Audi R8

2012 Ferrari FF

2011 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

2012 Lexus LFA

Affordable Convertibles

Ford Mustang

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Chevrolet Camaro

Luxury Convertibles

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera

2011 Chevrolet Corvette

Infiniti G

Affordable Wagons

Subaru Outback

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Hyundai Elantra Touring

Luxury Wagons

BMW 3-series Wagon

Audi A4 Wagon

Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Some of the mainstream lists are not complete. For the full list, log on to http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/

Top cars in 2012 – US Rankings was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Sudeep Koshy

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