I enjoy a 2008 Cadillac STS-V as a daily driver. It is a terrific vehicle with amazing power and agility. Sport suspension, supercharged V8, Brembo brakes, extra cooling on every system; what’s not to love? Well, it is not economical; but it is a lot of fun.
What if I needed to buy a car today and it could not be a Cadillac — what would my top choices be?
- Chevrolet Volt — this is a truly revolutionary car. With 40 miles a day I could always do my daily commutes on electricity. Thanks to an agreement with the power company, all the power at our house comes from wind farms, so even my recharges would be relatively green. Also I feel it is important for people who understand that this car is a game changer to actually buy one to help encourage further development.
- Chevrolet Corvette (used) — The best sports car bargain on the planet. Plentiful power, and relatively economical to operate. I would be hard pressed not to consider a C5 model vs the current C6 edition just because of the terrific value. However, the best Corvette available is invariably the latest one.
- BMW 335i (used) — the twin-turbo engine and seemingly every auto magazine writer’s favorite chassis make this a nice combo. The 335i brings a large part of the goodness of the M3 at a lower price point.
Honorable mention: Camaro SS, used Saturn Sky Redline (I still love these even though they are ‘orphaned’ now).
What would your favorite non-Cadillac be — what car would you actually be willing to pay for?