If there’s one thing that I could drool over all day, it’s cars. From the moment I turned 16 (and, let’s be truthful, it goes back further than that) I would obsessively identify cars on the road. I could spot a Ford Mustang from across a parking lot, even if I couldn’t see my own hand in front of my face.
Here are a few of my recent faves:
Volvo Xc60 AWD – I <3 AWD cars, and Volvo is cool again thanks to Edward Cullen. The XC60 is my favorite kind of car — a crossover that looks great on-road but can drive off the beaten path too. It’s also sporty, with plenty of room in the trunk for sports equipment or gear for a doggy day out. It has a 3.0L engine, so it’ll give you plenty of punch too.
Honda Accord Ex-L – Honda Accords used to live firmly in the “dependable” category, but these days you get a lot more options. For example, Honda used to make a V6 Hybrid, which appeals to both my sporty side and my green inclinations. They stopped production on these a few years ago, but you can still find them on pre-owned car lots and they’re well worth checking out. The cool version out now is the Crosstour, which has a V6, decent MPG (16/28) and a streamlined, hatchback look. It comes in red too, so I’m sold.
Mazda Mx-5 – Admittedly, the Miata used to be one of my least favorite cars, but a lot has changed in the last decade. The new Miatas are much more modern-looking. The specs are still unspectacular, until you remember that these things are also small and light. Even with a four-cylinder engine and ~170hp, Miatas can still move.
Aston Martin – The model doesn’t matter; it’s an Aston Martin! Nothing says performance like Britain’s finest sports cars. My personal favorite has always been the DB9, not surprisingly because it appears frequently in video games. It may be out of my price range for now, but it can’t hurt to dream for the future!