R You Serious? Used F-Types and Civic Type-Rs Cost The Same!
The Honda Civic Type-R and Jaguar F-Type couldn't be more different on paper however they are linked by one number, the price. It appears the cruel mistress of depreciation has had her way with Jaguar's sports coupe making it a $40,000 bargain. The even crueler mistress of unsubstantiated value has hit the Civic Type-R making it an almost $40,000 money pit, welcome to 2019.
One is an exercise in origami and the other is a classically beautiful coupe, but somehow they cost the same on the used market. The Civic Type-R is valued around $40,000 according to the highly reputable people of CarMax. The same can be said for Jaguar's F-Type which also lists around $40,000.
So now we're at a crossroads, where do you spend your money? Are you looking for a prestigious car with some performance or a pedestrian car with a massive wing? Man life is tough, but don't worry, speculating on hypothetical used car deals is my specialty.
Now I've been a little hard on the Civic Type-R due to its hideous styling but lets be real that car can rip. The Civic Type-R is seriously fun to drive and the performance is absolutely staggering but there is a cost. First, there's the money and then you have to be seen in the thing.
The F-Type on the other hand, that's a car you want to be seen driving. Not only is the F-Type from a prestigious brand, but it's staggeringly beautiful to look at. Add into the equation the F-Type's sumptuous exhaust note and you have a car that tickles all the senses.
How'd we end up here? Should a little Honda challenge Jaguar's Sports car in performance and price? Well in the performance department the Civic Type-R is truly an achievement in pushing the hot hatch to new heights.
The F-Type descends from modern Jaguar, a company who's good at two things, selling cars that depreciate faster than a used toothbrush, and building cars that produce delightful exhaust notes. Half the fun of driving an F-Type is the raucous exhaust that entertains both driver and pedestrians who are in a good mood.
The Honda Civic, on the other hand, will get attention but not for its exhaust note. The hatchback has the craziest styling of any modern car I can thing of. The good news is when compared to any other car on the road, the Civic Type-R has the lowest cost per vent price. The sliced up exterior of the Type-R has 9 total air inlets which means you're only paying $4,222 per vent, a huge value in today's market.
The Civic Type-R and Jaguar F-Type were never suppose to be competitors but here we are. Thanks to severe depreciation and overvaluation you can now choose between a Jaguar Sports car or a track ready Honda Hot Hatch.