The last decade saw some of the most radical development in the automotive industry. Things that were unheard of before 2010 are now a norm. We’ve got electric vehicles that are practical and usable, autonomous driving that is dependable, and the tech that was once reserved for top-end racing and performance cars are now ubiquitous. The ten most notable cars of this decade include:
- Tesla Model 3
While everyone is talking about the Model S and Tesla Roadster, the real hero from Tesla’s lineup is the Model 3. It is the most affordable car Tesla has to offer and is the one that has made electric mobility possible for the masses.The real plus point of this car is that it offers supercar-level performance at a starting price of just over $41,000. This car does 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds and has a range of 383 miles.In short, the Model 3 is the future of affordable and practical electric mobility, and the future is now. If we intend to keep the planet liveable for the decades to come, then we need to reduce the use of internal combustion engines, and for that sole reason, this might be the most important car of the decade.
- Toyota GR86
Ever since Toyota launched the 86 in 2012, the car has been a standard of affordable sports coupes. The 2022 GR 86 model takes it up a notch. To be clear, there is nothing radical or disruptive about this car. It is a pretty standard vehicle with pretty typical performance specs.The thing that earns this car a spot on this list is its affordability. How many cars can you think of which have a 228hp engine, rear-wheel-drive, four seats, a limited-slip differential, and a price tag of $30,000?
- Nissan GT-R 2017
Even though the R35 GT-R (the latest generation) was released in 2007, the 2017 facelift gave a new look to the established legend. This is a pure demonstration of how precision and engineering can get the same done with a twin-turbo V6 motor that many do with V10s and V8s. It will not be an overstatement to say that the GT-R is the best car to ever come from Japan.
- Honda Civic X Type R
This car from Japan shows how a practical, front-wheel-drive family hauler can beat sports cars on the track. This hatchback has a 2.0L engine that spits out a respectable 305 horsepower and powers the front wheels.This car does 0-60 in 5.3 seconds and can lap the Nurburgring in 7:48.3 seconds. For reference, the GT-R with its twin-turbo V6 laps the ring in 7:25. This Civic is the prime example of how clever engineering can give a machine the best of all worlds. On top of that, their models are widely available and affordable.
- 12th Gen Ford F 150
The F-Series of trucks by Ford is the best-selling pickup in the USA. Ford’s F-150 is a full-size pickup truck that has been around for a long time, but it got some beneficial upgrades in 2010. This was the model where Ford migrated the truck’s electronics from a General Electrics module to a programmable Body Control Unit. This truck generation also saw the introduction of 3.7L V6 engines and Ford’s EcoBoost technology, all to decrease the vehicle’s fuel consumption and reduce the environmental impact.
- 5th Gen Dodge Viper
The Viper debuted in 1991, and it was intended for one thing: speed. The first generation of this car had nothing but features to help it go faster. No ABS, no stability control, no roof, no door locks and no door handles.The 5th and final generation of the car was produced between 2013 and 2017. It had all the things to make it safe to drive, in addition to a gigantic 8.4L V10 engine that puts 640 horsepower through the wheels without any turbo or supercharger.The evidence that this car is among the most remarkable ever made by the USA is the fact that Dodge sold four of these in 2020, even though production was officially stopped in 2017.
- Toyota Tundra
While the Ford F-150 is the sweetheart of Americans when it comes to pickup trucks, the Tundra is the real utilitarian workhorse that will take you and your gear wherever life takes you. These trucks might not be the most powerful on the market. Still, they are definitely the most durable and reliable ones. There are even examples of these trucks going a million miles on the stock engine.
- Audi A5 Sportback
It’s not all about Americans and Japanese. The Germans have also made some awe-inspiring cars over the last decade. There are tons of Mercs, BMWs, and Porsches to talk about. Still, suppose you want a German car that combines practicality, luxury, and performance in one package. In that case, the A5 Sportback is that car.It has a 349 horsepower engine and the driving dynamics of a pure sports car while still having all the small bits and pieces that German luxury cars are famous for. There are not many cars that combine all of those things so beautifully.
- Toyota GR Supra
Ever since the fourth generation of Supra, every tuner’s favorite car, came out in 1993, fans were craving the next generation. That happened in 2019. People did have some doubts and thought that it was not a good idea to develop a Japanese legend based on a BMW Z4, but Toyota (and BMW) proved them wrong.While maintaining the reputation of being a mid-range sports car, the fifth-gen Supra retained the huge tuning potential it was always famous for. There are examples of people extracting 1000hp from the stock Supra I6 block.
- GMC Sierra 1500
Last but not least, the Sierra 1500 deserves a spot on any list of the notable cars of this decade. Debuting in 2013, this truck gave drivers the practicality of a full-size pickup with the luxury features of high-end SUVs. GMC also introduced the EcoTec engines in this pickup which was their answer to Ford’s EcoBoost technology for better fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
The last decade has seen some of the most impressive cars ever, but it is impossible to cover them all in one post. This article represents a list of different vehicles that have made a difference in the automotive industry.