Year: 2009
What it is: America's finest; like a Navy SEAL with a supercharged V8
Complex Says: Some people couldn't believe that a Corvette could cost this much, and others couldn't belive that a car that cost this little was packing so much technology, but all recognized a great thing. GM chose to keep to a classic driver-car interface, with three pedals just as God intended, but crammed as much go-fast tech as could be mustered into the rest of the car. 

The result was a sportscar that was still as American as pumpkin pie (apples being from Kazakhistan) but could slay many of the imported exotics that cost three times as much. It hearkened back to the world beating 'vettes of yore without reeking of retro-infatuation.