Cars I'd Like to Own One Day
Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved automobiles. I'm not a mechanic, I wish I had that knowledge, I just love driving and being around cars. However, I've never liked the normal cars that most people my age enjoy. Here's a few of them.
- 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird
This isn't a car people like for many reasons. It's not fast, and it's designed odd. It was a part of a trend in the early 2000s where American automakers were experimenting with retro designs, like the Chrysler PT Cruiser (which is not that bad), and the Chevrolet HHR (which is horrific). One thing those retro designed cars had in common was they were meant to replicate really fast cars that were big and full of muscle. The PT Cruiser and HHR were based on the Neon and Cobalt, not exactly fantastic starting points. The Ford Thunderbird, however, was based on the same platform as the Lincoln LS, another favorite of mine, and the Jaguar S-Type. While it wasn't exceptionally fast, it still had a V8 with a 5-Speed Automatic, which is one more gear than American automakers typically gave out. The design is sort of modeled after the '50s Thunderbirds, with a more bubbly front end. I personally believe this is a design that has aged well, and the resale value for them is still pretty high, forcing me to drool from a distance.
- 2005-2009 Ford Mustang
I remember when this first released back in the day. I was about 9 years old, and thought it was just the best. I still believe this is a fantastic design, paying homage to original Pony car. Sure, it's incredibly unsafe with its ancient architecture, but I really love the way it looks. I test drove a 2008 V6 5-Speed Manual Mustang and quickly realized that this would not be a wise choice to have as a daily driver, especially when it snows.
- 2003-Present Lincoln Navigator
When I was around 9 years old, the movie Are We There Yet? was released. I loved that movie for only one reason: the Lincoln Navigator that Ice Cube drove. The rest of the movie is garbage, but that was the one cool part about it. I don't know what it is, but I love big honkin' trucks, especially ones with a waterfall grill. Sure, it gets terrible gas mileage, but there's nothing more comfortable than a body-on-frame ride to glide over the bumps.
- Lincoln Town Car
Speaking of body-on-frame beauties, this is the ultimate rear-wheel-drive highway cruiser. I love the Crown Vic, the Police Interceptor, Mercury Grand Marquis/Marauder, but the Town Car is the car. This is another car that must suck in the snow, but you'll look damn good trying to drive through it.
- Dodge Charger Hellcat
I'm a big sleeper car fan, which is why I would also put the Ford Taurus SHO on this list, but the Hellcat stands out for its overall badass-ness, and rear-wheel-drive action. The Charger by itself is a fast car, and a good looking one, but unless you pay close attention to the badging, you won't know it has the 707 HP Hemi. I like the fact that I can blend in, while also being able to go from stop to the speed limit in the amount of seconds you could count on one hand.
- Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Another somewhat sleeper, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the ultimate daily driver. It's a people mover with space, it can tow 7,000 pounds, it can go 0-60 faster than any soccer Mom SUV, and it has AWD for snow. All for the low, low price of $100,000! The good news is this is the only car you'll need for most daily activities. However, if you can justify the Trackhawk price, you probably already have more than one car.
- Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler, as well as the Grand Cherokee and the rest of the Jeep lineup, are a large part of how Chrysler still exists today. Without the acquisition of AMC for the purpose of obtaining the Jeep name, Chrysler would most likely be just another failed American auto maker. The Jeep Wrangler ranks around number one and two on the list of highest resale value for any personal vehicle. This says a lot about just how much people want them. Whether you're an off-road junkie, a businessperson, or a teenager, to quote Regular Cars, everyone looks normal driving a Wrangler. They're just cool cars, to say the least. I'm not the biggest fan of Wranglers pre-2012, due to the lackluster performance in engines, the addition of the Pentastar V6 engine makes the JK Wrangler feel more than adequate merging on the highway as it does plowing through feet of snow.
- AMC Eagle
Speaking of AMC, if I had been alive and able to purchase cars in the 70s and 80s, AMC would've been my brand of choice. The Grand Wagoneer is a work of art, as well as the infamous Pacer and Gremlin, but the AMC Eagle is the definition of ahead of its time. Strapped for cash and needing a new model to survive, AMC took parts from their existing fleet to create taller versions of their cars with different body styles, all with 4WD. Sound familiar? Doesn't that sound like every crossover on the market today, or even Subaru's entire lineup? I honestly love this car, and it mattered enough to the American car buyer for Chrysler post-AMC acquisition to name their AMC lineup as Eagle.
- Ford Flex
I don't think anyone knows what this car is. Will Ferrell did in the movie Daddy's Home, but I'm sure that was just because Ford paid him, and not a personal love of the car. I love boxy cars, and this takes it to the next level. I love everything about this car, and it can even be equipped with a fast EcoBoost engine. The boxy shape allows for maximum comfortability for third-row passengers, as well as cargo. Just glue on some wood paneling on the side, and you've got a Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
- AMC Jeep Cherokee
The Grand Wagoneer is wonderful, but there's something about the bare-bones Cherokee designed by AMC that I've always admired. It's why I got my Patriot, because the latest AMC Cherokee you can buy was from 2001, and I don't think that would make the best daily driver. But hey, it would certainly make a great car to look at.
- GM Saab
You're probably extremely confused why anyone would want the GM-era Saab. I cannot explain it, I love the Saabs from the late '90s and 2000s. Even the dumb 9-7x which was blatant TrailBlazer. I love that the ignition is in the console, I love the turbo gauge, I love the night-mode dashboard lighting, and I love the overall design. They're not the most reliable cars on the planet, but they sure are purrrrrdy.