It depends what you want from a car.
For me, I think 90s Toyotas have it nailed. Overbuilt, tough as old boots and as reliable as they come. Some creature comforts and one eye on safety.
That's why my MR2 turbo is never going anywhere.
The 'best' car I have ever owned though, is one that continues to fly under the radar and is worth buttons.
My 2004 Ssangyong RX290. These, to me are pretty much peak 4X4. Mechanical injection, not rust prone, separate chassis, 3.5T towing capacity, veg friendly, comfortable and well appointed, good road manners, good off road (diff a little low), capacious inside.
They do anything you ask of them and just keep going and going. Mine's what, 18 years old? Yes it just failed its test, but on some play in a front bearing (sorted), handbrake cables (my fault, forgot to add circlip and they came loose lol) and a brake pipe. I'll sort that this weekend.
I've owned this for 6 years, now and it is no bother. Another I really don't plan to sell.
Compared to the competition, how many of them can manage an MOT without being or needing welded? At less than half the age, many are a mess.
I wouldn't have rated them really when new and expensive, but as a basic, yet comfortable workhorse that you can rely on to fire up whenever you need it and bits aren't falling off it, they can't be touched IMO.
Hats off to Ssangyong on this one. #peak4x4