2010 Porsche Panamera
Best Reborn Beauty: Ford Taurus SHO
Again, the Camaro may warrant consideration for this title, but we'll relent in this instance for the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO's 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost mill's sake. Truly fun-to-drive and inspiring, the EcoBoost V-6 is the animating force behind this car's reborn legacy. Oh, and regardless of what the commercials might say, it's S-H-O, not "show".
Best Crossover: BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
Ahh, so that's what this thing is. Even after spending a good bit of time behind the 2010 5-Series GT's wheel, I couldn't make heads or tails of its intended market or its intended purpose, though it does drive fairly well and provide a lot of comfort for four adults. Whatever the 5-Series GT is, Playboy's description as a "go-fast, go-anywhere, all-purpose utility vehicle" seems a bit off the mark. As alternatives, what about the acronym salad of Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKT or Mercedes-Benz's GLK?
Best Mean And Green: Ford Fusion Hybrid
This is a choice we can get fully behind. My own review of the 2010 Fusion Hybrid reflected the same premise: this is the most fun-to-drive yet still efficient hybrid I've been in. The upcoming Honda CR-Z may yet prove even livelier, but the Fusion is also a highly functional mid-size sedan.
Best Sports Sedan: Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG
There's no denying the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG's face-smashing power or its generally classy good looks, but it's never been the choice for curves, and that's a high priority in a sports sedan. We'll chalk it up to a matter of taste, but BMW's M3, Jaguar's XF-R or even a less-powerful but still quick car like the Infiniti G37 might make better canyon-carving choices.
All in all, the Playboy 10 hottest cars list is a nice collection, and despite what we've said above, we wouldn't kick any of them out of our garage for leaking a little oil. You can check out the full spread, if you're so inclined, in the latest edition of Playboy.