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First let us ask ourselves, what is a best driver's car, how do you define it, how do you run the comparison and what makes a particular car a "Best Driver's Car" for any particular year? Is it performance, is it excitment, is it how it inspires confidence, or is it about aesthetics? Well maybe all of the above!
Here's how the competition works. Each year MT asks all the manufacturers for their hottest new sporty metal. Hot hatches, performance sedans, muscle cars, sports cars supercars, hypercars, it does not matter. Some auto makers such as General Motors, always seem to say yes, Others may say no. That explains why some very exciting new cars like Acura NSX, Audi R8, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Ford GT are not in the competition.
Once all the cars arrive the tests start, stuff like 0-60 mph, the quarter mile, 60-0 mph braking, and MT's patented figure-eight test. Next, the cars were taken to Highway 198 -which was closed for the sake of the tests by the California Highway Patrol- the cars were driven time and again up and down the hill on the closed highway to get the feel of how they handle on the road. After that, all the contenders showed up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where professional race car driver Randy Pobst sets a fast lap in each.
Once all the various data points were collected, the editorial staff sits down for a voting session and voila the Moter Trend Bast Driver's Car is selected and all the contenders are ranked.
So sit back and enjoy the long video!
You may also want to check out the 2014 MT Best Driver's Car results: