Well, 2020 has been different, that’s for sure. As a result, the MotorTrend Best Driver’s Car is a bit different, as well.
Having to work around a pandemic, we had to shrink our field of contenders and the number of judges. That said, those cars we cut likely wouldn’t have cracked the upper echelon of vehicles we kept. And those cars (and one SUV) that remained were such a closely knit group that picking a winner might have actually been more difficult than it would have been otherwise.
So here you have them, the 2020 MotorTrend Best Driver’s Car contenders, with this page updated with a fresh batch of links to each one until we announce the winner on December 30. Be sure to click through, as every story features video of that car’s hot lap put down by our on-call racing driver, Randy Pobst, the maestro of Laguna Seca.
MotorTrend Best Driver’s Car 2020 Contenders
Now remember, the MotorTrend Best Driver’s Car isn’t just the best car around a track. You have to get to and from the track, as well. And there’s no better way to do so—both for the soul and for evaluating a driver’s car—than bombing through coastal California’s famous canyon roads that run from Los Angeles to our iconic stomping grounds at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Those daylong journeys are just as effective at sussing out a car’s foibles and shortcomings as having Pobst wring them out through Laguna Seca’s 11 awesome corners, though Pobst’s rankings do play a significant role in making our decisions. (Wondering about last year’s winner? The story is right here.)
Check back throughout the week and we’ll give you more fresh goodies every day, including our epic World’s Greatest Drag Race on New Year’s Eve, presented by our friends at Tire Rack.