No question, cars like the Spyker C8 Aileron and Ferrari FF are cool, but part of their appeal comes from the fact that they're exotic and unattainable by most. Therefore, are there new cars that are cool and aren't all high-cost, low-practicality sports cars?
|2012 Fiat 500 Sport (Fiat USA photo)|
|2011 Jaguar XJL (Jaguar Land Rover photo)|
|2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS |
(Daimler AG photo)
|2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque|
3-door (Jaguar Land Rover photo)
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: No one's really driven the latest extension (one with a mouthful of a name) of the Range Rover brand, which is fine, since a cool car doesn't have to be a good one. Land Rovers – Range Rovers in particular – were cool because they weren't poser SUVs by any means. But since big off-roaders are increasingly cumbersome on busy streets, a smaller Range Rover seemed like a logical extension in the first place. Stil, the Evoque is a genuinely good-looking car, even if it's a little over-accessorized. Bravely, Land Rover has chosen to launch the car as both a rakish three-door, as well as a practical five-door. They both look great and they're both pegged to start less than $50,000. Like the Fiat, it'll be cool until everyone has one.
|2012 Audi A7 3.0TFSI Quattro |
|2011 Nissan Leaf (Nissan photo)|
|2011 Chevrolet Volt (General Motors photo)|
Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt: Face it, whatever your opinion is on the range-extender and the all-electric, people will be swarming you whenever you drive either of these. And for good reason. These are spectacular technological showcases. Show your new friends the engine of the Volt or the wacky eco displays in the Leaf and they'll be throwing the questions left and right and asking for rides. Now, if you're stranded on the side of the road in your Leaf that's out of electricity, that won't be cool.