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Top 15 Vehicles I Drove in 2021

2021 was another great year to review new vehicles. For the moment, the ICE reigns supreme

  • Luxury and performance vehicles win the year.

  • Lots of EVs driven but only one deserves to be on the list.

Putting this Top 10 reviews of the year has been another frustrating exercise. This list should take 10 minutes to compile but, as a car fanatic, it’s almost impossible to narrow down the list.

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The fact of the matter is that there are still so many good and interesting vehicles to drive that nearly all have something going for them. In 2021, my faulty math calculations suggest that I will have driven close to 85 vehicles. These automobiles came from all segments, were priced between $17,000 and $200,000, with less than 150 horsepower to over 800 ponies, with one petrol engine or two electric motors, were built in Europe, Asia, North- or South America, and so on.

From this list, a few points stand out. To my dismay, most are premium and expensive vehicles. To be honest, I would (I swear on my kids’ heads) select a Civic Type R over an M3 given the choice but the fact is that the luxury brands can produce exceptional cars. I’m proud to say that barely more than a third are SUVs although two straddle the line between car and utility vehicle. Either way, this is not the norm, this is only me preferring cars over SUVs.

The fact that there’s only one EV on the list reminds me that EVs are still in their infancy. Although most like the Polestar 2 and Volkswagen ID.4 are impressive, they’re not quite special enough for me. Sure, they’re faster and generally cheaper to run, but hey, this is my list.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Finally, each of these vehicles offers up something expected or unexpected that makes them special, unique, or simply an absolute blast to drive.

Here are my top 15 vehicles driven in 2021:

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The title says it all: The Best-Driving 4-Door Sedan.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: The Best-Driving 4-Door Sedan

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback

Sophisticated, fast, and handsome. The ride is silky-smooth, and the cabin is ultra-modern. Also, it’s pricey.

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback Review: Impressive Design And Drive Electrified

2021 Audi RS 6

The Audi RS 6 is the one ICE vehicle I would get if I could only buy one. It’s a turbo-V8 AWD station. There’s nothing more to say.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant Review: The One

2021 BMW M3

With the manual transmission, the new M3 is tough to drive fast, and I love that.

2021 BMW M3 Review: The Most M3 Since the E46

2021 BMW XB7

The BMW X7 is already an exceptional large luxury SUV. With added Alpina sauce, it is the greatest in every respect.

Should You Buy a 2021 BMW Alpina XB7?

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

In a world where petrol is uber-cheap, I would shuttle my little family in this thing and never back down from a race.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Review: The Pinnacle of ICE Insanity

2022 Genesis GV70

Quite possibly the most impactful ICE vehicle to come from the Hyundai Group.

2022 Genesis GV70 AWD Review: The Genesis Gamechanger

2021 Honda Civic Type R

Without a doubt, the best-driving, most rewarding, and intuitive FWD car ever.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Review: Under the Spell of FWD Perfection

2022 Honda Civic

The new Civic guarantees that Honda will not lose its crown as the maker of the best-selling car in Canada.

2022 Honda Civic Review: A Civic for the Times

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

Surprisingly quick, well-equipped, affordable, and entertaining. I made the mistake of underestimating the compact sedan.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Review: Do Not Underestimate it

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The new 11th generation WL Grand Cherokee has only one semi-flaw and it should be erased when the 4xe version arrives.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive Review: The King is not Dead; All Hail the New King

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4xe

Speaking of 4xe, while I might feel that PHEVs are like snake oil, the Wrangler 4xe’s extra power and electric range wrap a halo around the truck when off-roading.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4xe Review: Putting PHEV Technology To Work

2021 Land Rover Defender

Be it the 90 or the 110, the new Defender is equal parts acculturated urbanite and hardcore off-roader.

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 P400 X-Dynamic S Review: A Serious Toy

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The previous generation Pathfinder had lost its path. Now, it’s back on the right path and better than ever. I had to…

2022 Nissan Pathfinder First Drive Review: Easier To Love

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

The Subaru Outback is one of my favorite cars. The Wilderness package makes it even more appealing.

Should You Buy A 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness?


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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