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Super Bowl commercials are the stuff of legend. They're watched just as closely, and sometimes closer, than the game itself. On top of all the beer and Go Daddy.com commercials we were paying heavy attention to the automotive commercials. Why? We wanted to see what new ways the car companies thought of to sell us cars in these ever so trying times. Audi choose to tout their TDI clean diesel technology, while Kia, in one of our favorite ads ever, choose to play up the cheap price of its Sorento SUV. But how do those stack up against the car commercials from years past? We dug through the archives to find our 10 favorite Super Bowl car commercials of all time. Don't see one of your favorites, holler at us in the comments. Check all of 'em out below...

#10: Honda CRX HF (High Fuel Ecomony)
YEAR: Super Bowl 25, 1991
Complex Says: In 1990, America experienced a slight gas crisis that saw the price of barrels shoot from $21 to $46. To get their message of fuel frugality across, Honda kept it nice and simple. If you buy a CRX, you'll "spend less time at the pump." 52 mpg without a hybrid? We're sold.

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#9: Volkswagen Jetta VR6
YEAR: Super Bowl 35, 2001
Complex Says: Leave it to Volkswagen to get all Cameron Crowe on us with a commercial. We follow a guy as he races in his new Jetta to get to, as we later later learn, a wedding so he can profess his love to a girl who's about to get hitched. As a rule, we would say never wife a girl you were hitting off that had a man on the side, but what do we know?

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#8:Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
YEAR: Super Bowl 24, 1991
Complex Says: Nissan had one message to get across when they were promoting the new 300ZX Twin Turbo: that it was fast as hell. With this ad that shows it outrunning a fighter jet, we think they accomplished that. Hey, who says you can't use a little artistic license?

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#7:Honda Pilot
YEAR: Super Bowl 38, 2004
Complex Says: This commercial could have been a failure if cast wrong. Thankfully, Honda got Scott Adsit to be the guy raised by wolves. We'd pretty much watch anything he's in.

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#6: Porsche Boxster
YEAR: Super Bowl 31, 1997
Complex Says: We never worked a valet before, but if we did, we can't say we wouldn't take a joy ride in a hot car, just like the two dudes in this 90s Porsche Boxster ad did.

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#5:Hyundai Genesis
YEAR: Super Bowl 43, 2009
Complex Says: Unless you lived under a rock—or in NYC where no one drives—you heard about Hyundai building a car that took home a rack of awards, including North American Car of the Year. Using this spoof on all their competitors outrage, Hyundai took the time to tell the world how to really pronounce their name: "It's Hyundai. Like, Sunday."

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#4:Kia Sorento
YEAR: Super Bowl 44, 2010
Complex Says: Kia's first Super Bowl spot is awesome! Seemed weird at first, but it came together. Featuring a host of toys: a Sock Monkey, Muno (from kids show Yo Gabba Gabba!), Robot, Teddy and MR. X (from the Blabla dolls collection), they make a Kia look like a ride you would actually want to take a road trip in with your boys. Can you imagine riding through Vegas in a Kia? Nah, neither can we, but at least you'd have saved some dough for all your "indiscretions."

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#3: Nissan Maxima
YEAR: Super Bowl 31, 1997
Complex Says: Animals always make ads funnier. This Top Gun spoof, made with pigeons, is done perfectly and can speak to everyone. Anyone who has owned a car can relate to the annoyance of coming outside and finding you whip covered in bird shit. Score 1 for us.

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#2: All General Motors Models
YEAR: Super Bowl 41, 2007
Complex Says: Before things fell completely apart for GM, they were on the verge of releasing some of their best models ever. They were so dope, that the mechanical arm in this ad gets suicidal when he loses his job to—gasp!—a human (we can only dream). Some found it a bit too melancholy, we just found it funny.

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#1: Audi R8
YEAR: Super Bowl 42, 2008
Complex Says: Audi's current line up boasts a number of models that can, for better or worse, run neck and neck with the best luxe brands on the market. To let those brands know that they were coming for their necks, they put together this ad spoofing one of the most gangster cinematic scenes in history: the decapitated horse scene from The Godfather. It was bold, funny and fly.


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