Throughout 2010, CNET Car Tech editors drove thousands of miles reviewing more than 80 cars. We punched addresses into the navigation systems, talked to the cars through voice command, listened to music from a variety of audio sources, and even made calls to see how well Bluetooth phone systems worked. We took the cars onto twisty roads, bumpy roads, up steep hills, into stop-and-go traffic, and sped long distances on freeways to get a sense of fuel economy, handling, ride quality, and acceleration. We tested lane departure systems, blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and automated braking.
Now, at the end of the year, we look back on all these cars to see which were the best. Our five top tech cars for 2010 have advanced power trains and suspensions, feature-rich navigation, top tier audio, and innovative driver assistance features.
Although these top five are an impressive set of cars, there were many other worthy contenders throughout the year, and we had to call them out in their own categories. Take a look at the top performance cars, top everyday drivers, and top family haulers. And we couldn't help but look back at all the car shows we've been to during the year, and so we came up with a special category for top concept cars of 2010.