If you have $ 50,000 to burn a hole in your pocket, you can do much worse than buying a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
It is spacious, comfortable and efficient, and offers low running costs for which Toyota is famous. There are two problems, as far as we see.
The first is waiting. You will wait at least a year for a RAV4 hybrid to arrive based on current information.
Perhaps more importantly, it’s a little annoying.
It is not a complaint that you can level the car in this next crop. Not only are they currently on sale, they are a diverse crew with a burning character. Reliability? That remains to be seen.
Here’s what Care Expert The team will buy from Classifieds with $ 50,000 to light a hole in their pocket. The prudent advice of the reader.
Scott Collie: 2011 in Quattroport
Turns out the $ 50,000 used car market buys you a lot more.
From a few BMW M6 convertibles (yes V10, no to soft top) to infinitely lucrative previous generation Honda Civic Type R, it’s amazing what you can buy at the price of a new RAV4 … if you want to take a risk, and of course your Leave new car warranty.
For me though, the standout was at the monthly Quattroport. Our budget has bought you (me) a facelifted base model, complete with power from one of the sweetest-sounding naturally-desired V8 engines ever made.
Is it going to be reliable? I do not know, and ignorance is joy in this case. Is it going to be economic? Not a chance, but I don’t really think about the 14.7 liters claimed per 100 kilometers.
With a 100km / h sprint time of 5.6 seconds, it is not so fast. You are at risk of being set on fire by the owners of Hyundai i30 N, even though they may not look as good as you.
This car costs 2 282,000 Before On-road costs and options in 2011, which means they burned $ 21,000 per year (at least!) Just depreciation. Their loss is my gain.
William Stopford: 2010 Jaguar XF-R
Just below the $ 50,000 cutoff, one of the preferred cars has a cornocopia.
Personally, I would be happy with the Kia Stinger GT, the car that was out of my budget when I bought the Hyundai Genesis. But that’s a terribly intelligent answer, isn’t it? Lots of more external elements.
Here is a 2007 Toyota Century, a symbol of the following Japanese class, so you can look like a celebrity from Tokyo.
A 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am caught my eye, famous for its iconic black / gold color scheme – with matching gold wheels – by Smoky and The Bandit.
A first generation 1968 OldSmobile Tornado can be found for just under $ 50,000. Yes, this roughly 5.3m-long coupe, complete with a 7.0-liter or 7.5-liter V8, had front wheel drive. But while the original 1966 was the perfect design, it was too radical for American buyers and Oldsmobile made it ugly for 1968. So, thanks but no thanks.
This leaves another choice: a 2010 Jaguar XF-R. There was a time when you could buy a Jaguar sedan with a supercharged V8.
Like Tornado, it is not the ideal spec. When that model was ugly with a facelift, the XF was fixed with one – why did the Jaguar launch the XF without the smooth headlights of the concept?
A black-on-black color scheme is also a bit drab, but this particular example is 105,427km on an odometer. It has that delicious 375kW / 625Nm supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine.
Jack Quick: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
After collecting a significant list of cars, I was able to bring it down to the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, which is listed for exactly $ 50,000 without official charges. It has completed 86,000 km.
This particular example is claimed by Bobby as the best 2006 CLS63 AMG in the country with a minimum mileage. They even called the car a “sound investment that will definitely increase the price”.
CLS has always fascinated me because of its impressive, boat-like silhouette and overall majesty.
I want this kind of car when I grow up. The CLS 63 is powered by a ridiculous 6.2-liter naturally coveted V8 engine that produces 378kW of power and 630Nm of torque. All this is only sent to the rear wheel.
On the outside, this special CLS 63 is painted silver which adds a slipper element to this V8-powered beast. Although it has a pronounced quad exhaust pipe …
After all, I don’t know if this car really makes sense based on current fuel prices in 2022, but if you want to go back to the pre-global financial crisis, look no further than this 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS63.
Mike Costello: Infiniti QX70 S Premium (nee. FX50)
So you’re after a RAV4 hybrid. This means that you want something that you want space and variety for the whole family, which provides strong quality and reliability.
I present to you the Infiniti QX70 S Premium (originally badged as the FX50), which was sold a few years after the Nissan-owned luxury Mark closed a few years ago.
Think about it: the pioneering and sharp crossover design a decade ahead of its time, Japanese quality, and the bottom of a 287kW naturally ambitious 5.0-liter V8 filling bonnet.
Also, I can bet you a million dollars that you will be the only person with your postcode or LGA.
Paul Merrick: 2010 Audi S8 V10
Lady and gentleman, sit down.
As a 19 year old motoring journalist I am presenting you one of the most enjoyable cars. This is the V10-powered Audi S8.
It was ahead of its time because it used a Lamborghini-powered V10 engine, had a fingerprint scanner to recall settings and turn the car on, and had an optional $ 18,000 Bang and Olufsen sound system with versatile speakers and a dashboard for a near term. Comes out of The same word.
What caught my eye was the so-called top mechanical condition (they hit their peaks just over 200,000 kilometers) and looked pretty innocent.
James Ong: 2010 Ford Focus RS
A special challenge requires a special car.
The LV-Generation Ford Focus RS was a trailblazer, a limited-powered rally-based special that was acclaimed for its segment-busting performance both on and off track, despite being manual and FWD-only. Also, they had a five-cylinder engine so they absolutely sang when pushed.
Despite being more than a decade old, it still looks absolutely uncomfortable, and I have longed for the Ultimate Green Hero Paint finish ever since I saw one’s father drive through the school drop-off lanes.
Brand new, these things were $ 59,990 plus on-road (I’m not good at math but it’s probably Audi RS3 bucks with today’s rates), and 12 years later they still list for $ 40,000- $ 50,000.
So. A lot I want.
Alborz Fallah: Suzuki Cappuccino, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S600
I have my cake and will eat it too. I would buy a Suzuki Cappuccino for about 20,000 20,000 to buy the most ridiculously small convertible money for me, then I would spend the remaining $ 30,000 on a 2000 Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 and live happily ever after.
By the way, I have a car that will never break down but will probably be less safe than riding a bike, and another that probably won’t go more than 100 kilometers before spending $ 10,000 to repair.
In hindsight, this is exactly why we always say that it is better to buy a new car than a “cold” old car which will give you unlimited headaches.
Shawn Lander: 2011 HSV Grange
Shawn is a member of our video team, and the car tastes great – as his answer will prove.
Probably not the smartest choice with current fuel prices, but if you wanted a reasonable option you would just buy the RAV4 Hybrid.
If you want something strong enough for the whole family, HSV Grange is the ultimate choice. In 2011, it topped the luxury Aussie-built car and took it to the Germans for a fraction of the price.
Even today, the 325kW LS3 V8 is a respected ass, worthy of respect all over the world. Add to that this special Western Australia complete head-to-toe evacuation system (as it should be), a custom tune, and for those sent to the second row, the Magnetic Ride Control.
It produces 550Nm of torque from the factory, although it can now be improved with its tune.
With the signature Grange Wide Body styling, it’s a commanding presence on the street. Inside, the seats are lined with leather and suede, and the second row has a DVD player and wireless headphones – but I think you’d better just lower the windows and enjoy the symphony.
At $ 48,997 excluding government charges, and only 119,000 km (let’s say, probably a kilometer of highway), this is a car that will make this enthusiastic Ford fan go dark. It’s probably an investment, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide.