My Top 20 Favorite Cars
And why I love them so much
20) Mitsubishi TL Magna wagon
The Magna is a near-luxury sedan or wagon developed for the Australian market. Sold in the US until 2005 as the Diamante ("Diamond" in English), the Magna was good-looking, quiet, comfortable, reliable, and well-built, traits that most current Mitsubishis lack in various quantities. I prefer the grille design on the 2004-2005 "TL" model, though I think the headlights are bit tall.
19) Isuzu VehiCROSS (unmodified)
I love cars that are quirky and the VehiCROSS is among the quirkiest. Even the name was quirky, with "VehiCROSS" being the official spelling. Unfortunately, sales were negligible and many were modified, making stock models in good condition especially rare.
18) Pontiac Aztek GT with AWD, the tent, the awning, and the air mattress
The Aztek is ugly, but it's becoming relatively cool due to it's strangeness and versatility. When equipped with AWD, the tent, the awning, and the mattress, the GT model is a great car for camping. It even has a removable glovebox that's also a drink cooler, the part of the two-piece tailgate that folds down has impressions for sitting and holding drinks, and there are speakers in the trunk! Although it's a horrible car to drive, I love the Aztek for it's rarity and quirks.
17) Renault Avantime
The Avantime was a brave design that combined a coupe and an MPV. Not all will find the styling palatable, but it was one of the best-handling MPVs, all four windows rolled down, and the doors featured a special mechanism that made it easier to get in and out of tight spaces.
16) 1999-2003 Fiat Multipla
The Multipla is one of the ugliest cars, but everything beneath the skin is excellent. It drove well, sat six comfortably, had excellent visibility, rode smoothly, and had a quiet interior.
15) Datsun 510 SSS sedan
The 510 was a reliable, handsome, well-engineered econobox that, especially in SSS form, handled extremely well. It won numerous rallies and touring car races and I consider it to be one of the most underrated cars ever produced.
14) SSC Tuatara
SSC is based in Washington, the state in which I live, and the Tuatara is intended to surpass 300 MPH. It looks and sounds incredible, the interior is beautiful, and it's roughly half the price of a Koenigsegg or a Bugatti.
13) Peugeot 508 SW
The 508 SW is stunningly gorgeous both inside and out, but Peugeot also made it comfortable, quiet, and good to drive.
12) Polestar 1
This car's only flaw is it's lack of rear-seat room.
11) Kia Telluride
10) 2019 Suzuki Jimny
The Jimny is one of the best-looking cars ever produced, but it's also excellent off-road and extremely reliable. Please sell it in the US, Suzuki.
9) Saab 900S (1987-1994)
The 900 was a brilliantly well-though-out vehicle that delivered an excellent driving experience, a beautiful exterior, and a clever interior. There's not a single thing I don't like about it.
8) Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG
The R63 AMG was spectacular for passengers, thanks to plentiful features, comfortable seats, luxurious interior quality, easy access, and low noise levels. However, it was also great for drivers, thanks to 500 horsepower, brisk acceleration, good handling, and a comfortable ride.
7) Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
Very close to perfection
6) Holden VF Commodore SS V V8 Sportwagon w/ manual
In my opinion, the perfect car is the one that works brilliantly as both a sporty, good-looking weekend car and a practical, affordable daily car. The Holden VF Commodore SS V V8 Sportwagon with a manual transmission is the best car in the world.
5) 2012 Saab 9-5 Aero SportCombi
This one isn't perfect, but it's very close. Also, just ten exist.
4) Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII
Nothing is more luxurious than the Phantom VIII. That's me in June 2018, when I saw one for the first time.
3) TVR Sagaris
Somehow, the Sagaris handles tremendously well and yet it provides a comfortable ride. Nothing in Forza Horizon 2 sounds better and not much looks as crazy.
2) Koenigsegg Gemera
Mind-bending technology allows the Gemera to produce 1,677 horsepower and 2,581 pound-feet of torque, 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of which come from a three-cylinder engine. Getting the power to the ground is a nine-speed, seven-clutch transmission that switches gears in two milliseconds. The car hits 60 MPH in under two seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 MPH. Gigantic dihedral synchrohelix doors provide easy access to all four seats and are designed to clear curbs. Inside, four three-meter people and their luggage can fit comfortably, with each passenger receiving two cupholders: one heated and one cooled. Koenigsegg has created yet another masterpiece.
1) 2011 Saab 9-4X Aero w/ XWD (US-spec)
One day in 2017, during a car ride, I began to think of what my favorite car was, since I hadn't decided that yet. I loved, still love, and will love Saabs always, forever, and until the end of time because of their well-executed exteriors, ergonomically-designed interiors, well-engineered chassis, safety, and build quality. It was my favorite car brand, so I decided that whichever Saab struck the best balance between good handling, comfort, space, all-weather capability, feature content, safety, performance, and rarity would be my favorite. I settled on the Saab 9-4X, of which just 814 were produced, 267 of which were sold in the US. Then I thought, "I wonder if/when I'll ever see one?"
Then, a beautiful white 9-4X drove past us.
I later concluded that the 300-horsepower Aero model with XWD, Saab's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, was the best version of the car. On August 13, 2020, at approximately 2:20 PM, I saw a 9-4X for the second time leaving a parking lot and I barely got a picture before it finished rounding the corner. I can't wait for the third time I see one.