IT’S NOTHING short of amazing that a car can finish class-leading – or equal class-leading – in six score lines yet not win the category. Such is the hard luck story of Holden’s venerable Commodore. It topped the scores for cost of depreciation, insurance, ergonomics and handling, and was equal tops for price and seat comfort. This time around, the volume-selling Commodore was the SV6 Black Edition. For $1000 more than the standard SV6, buyers get the addition of satellite navigation, head-up display, special alloy wheels and dress-up items including black grille and boot spoiler, red-stitched seats and some external badgework. However, even with the extra kit the Commodore still struggled in standard features against the pricier – by some $20,000 – Genesis and ES 300h. Along with fuel consumption and warranty and dealer access, these were the only below-par scores in what was a solid showing for the Australian-built icon that has entered its final year of production. We will miss the Commodore as we know it. Over the years, particularly in recent times, Holden has evolved and refined its once-traditional family car into the best drive and value of its near 40-year production run. If there is some good news among all this, it’s that there’s still time to buy one.