Originally Posted by Impervious
True, but Top Gear has pro drivers do their laps. I'm really surprised that Car and Driver didn't have a professional lap the cars. It seems to me that this would increase the accuracy of the comparisons.
Depends on how you look at it. Prof drivers may have tricks up their sleeves to make a car go faster than average Joe can for a particular car. I consider myself an average driver so I find value in C&D's decision to use amateur drivers than full fledge professional racers. It represents a truer performance to be expected when I am piloting the same car.
As long as C&D stays consistent and not switch between pro and amateur on each test, the ranking still stands as a valid comparison of cars. I will be wary of comparing this list against other list, though.