When purchasing a new vehicle, we all know that there is a difference between the ones you want, and the ones that are most practical for your lifestyle. However, every now and then a car is built that is a little of everything, including eye-catching, exhilarating, exciting, and a good buy for the money. In other words, just because you want to be practical, doesn’t mean you can’t get what you want too. Here are five of the greatest vehicle buys you’ll find for 2015.
A luxury car should symbolize class, sophistication, power, comfort, and affordability. Wait a minute, did I just say ‘affordable’? Luxury cars are built to allow its customer to enjoy the silky comforts of luxury transportation, but you normally have to spend more to receive them. With the base model 2015 Hyundai Genesis, you can have the best of both luxury and practicality with its Lotus approved 311 horsepower V-6, HTRAC all-wheel-drive, five star safety rating, and a starting price of just $41,450. It comes with a comfortable interior, Lane Keep Assist (to keep you on the road), and a simple but functional infotainment center that can be integrated with Google Glass.
Tesla Model X
Good things come to those who wait, and despite its many delays, the Model X looks like it is poised to deliver on an exceptional all-wheel-drive, all-electric crossover that will be everything from groundbreaking to remarkably refined. It will boast zero to sixty in the sub 5-second range, and its dual-hinged Falcon doors will be as practical everyday as they are cool. If space, luxury, low emissions, and innovative technology is at the top of your list for 2015, $69,900 plus a $7,500 federal tax credit will be one of the best deals around.
There is a lot of interest in muscle cars today, and part of that renewed attention is because of the refinement that has turned these straight-line monsters into respectable mountain road carvers. The Ford Mustang has been a top performer in its class for a long time, but with the addition of independent rear suspension, it has taken a big stride towards becoming a full-fledged sport car. It is refined, nimble, and confident, and with its Launch Control and Line Lock, almost anyone can look like a seasoned expert, even with 435-horsepower under foot. Its list of upgrades includes Recaro seats, Brembo brakes, and a variety of suspension parts, and for $22,000 for the base V-6 fastback, you’re getting a lot of car for the money.
Some cars have been refined in the handling department for quite some time. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Case in point, the 2015 Subaru WRX. With 41 percent more rigidity than its predecessor, the WRX is one of the most capable and ‘practical’ four door family cars you’ll want to consider for the coming year. It will come with a 268 horsepower boxer engine, six-speeds, and a continuously variable transmission (performance-tuned). While it may boast a little more holler and hum on the road, thanks to its dual (four tip) exhaust and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT tires, if you like to drive for the ‘experience’, it will offer a lot of joy for $27,000.
Mercedes has always built a good car, but the 2015 C-Class has found a new way to bring sexy back in a package that also includes luxury, safety, and refinement. For years, the BMW M3 has been romancing customers with its brisk performance, stout handling, and sporty appearance. It is not easy to compete with that kind of candy, but the C-Class has built a mid-sized luxury sedan that is everything from sporty to practical, and at a price a bit.