Each month, TheCarConnection brings you new reviews of the latest new cars, trucks, crossovers and minivans. We're positive you read each and every one, in depth, at your leisure--but let's face it, some cars are more interesting than others.
We've poked around in Google Analytics to see which vehicles grabbed your attention and held it throughout the year. With some surprises, and a few 2011 models thrown into the mix, the list of the most popular reviews on TCC in 2010 shows you're shopping brands like Hyundai, Kia and Ford more often than ever. Three Ford vehicles are on our most-read list, while the Korean automakers each posted two. GM, Volvo and Toyota each placed one in our informal survey.
Our list also suggests that tried-and-true, gas-powered cars are still winning the day among car shoppers even with the non-stop barrage of press surrounding EVs and hybrids like the 2011 Nissan Leaf, 2011 Chevrolet Volt and others.
For the 2010 calendar year, these ten vehicles topped the rankings among TheCarConnection's reviews:
2011 Hyundai Sonata: TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 led all comers with a boost each time we wrote about it: as a base car, as a turbo 2.0T, and as a Hybrid.
2010 Kia Soul: Kia's funky hatchback started the year strongly and wooed readers throughout 2010 with its great value proposition.
2010 Kia Forte: The sedan companion to the Soul proved that the Civic and Corolla have lost their stranglehold on economy-car shoppers.
2011 Toyota Sienna: Toyota's clever "swagger wagon" viral campaign no doubt helped the improved Sienna grab eyeballs, even against the backdrop of recall after recall after recall.
2010 Ford Transit Connect: We're still not convinced the Transit Connect is a true passenger vehicle, but a North American Truck of the Year win in January certainly helped the Turkish-built cargo hauler draw strong Web traffic.
2010 Hyundai Tucson: The flair-filled Tucson made its TCC debut early in the year, and kept bringing in viewers with its daring body and its sub-$20,000 sticker price.
2010 GMC Terrain: The boxy, mid-size Terrain attracted more readers than the Chevrolet Equinox, though the Chevy sells better by a wide margin.
2010 Ford Fusion: Ford's perennial winner in the mid-size sedan class brought a North American Car of the Year win to the table, along with one of its best sales years ever.
2010 Ford Taurus: The beefy new Taurus benefited from a time-honored brand name, though our reviewers still prefer its smaller sibling.
2010 Volvo XC60: A sleek interior, a smart crossover package and an early calendar-year debut put the XC60 into the top ten, though it fell from our monthly charts after midyear.