What’s the Single Best Car You Can Buy For Under $100,000?
And no, it's not made in Germany.
So you want to treat yourself to a new car. Like, really treat yourself. Let’s say you’ve socked away a cool hundred large to blow and you want a do-it-all beast that will turn heads and tame roads wherever you go. With that kind of money you can buy a lot of style, power, and panache: Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari… So what’s it going to be?
Well, the answer may surprise you.
“The best car in the world [that you can spend $100,000 on] doesn’t cost $100,000,” says John Dinkel, a long-time former editor of Road & Track and one of the world’s leading car experts. “It costs $60,000, and it’s the 2017 Chevy Corvette Stingray.”
Technically, you could easily drop the whole hundred grand on a Corvette—getting a souped-up version like the Z06, for example. But “I could spend the rest of my life with a base Corvette and still have a world-class car,” says Dinkel. “People paying twice as much wouldn’t have anything better.”
So what makes a Chevy Corvette the best car for your buck? For starters, it’s sleek as hell. Even the base model, the Stingray—that’s the one that retails for $60,000—has lines so sharp you’d believe it could cut through concrete.
And now, “for the first time, Chevy has given the Corvette an interior to match its exterior,” says Dinkel. Chevy has upgraded the interior with suede trimmings and sumptuous leather seats. Plus, they’ve added the company’s proprietary MyLink tech, so you can sync up your phone to play music and take calls—all while staying safe and hands-free (of your phone, that is).
Don’t even get us started on the more primal capabilities—the degree of power and speed—this thing boasts. “You know, when they race Corvettes, they have to take the power out of the engine because they have too much horsepower,” says Dinkel. The thing hits 60 in 3.7 seconds. “You have the hellish performance when you want it,” says Dinkel. “But when you don’t need it and are just looking to go out for a cruise, you can get 25, 28 miles to a gallon.”
But what makes a Chevy Corvette stand head and shoulders above the competition boils down to, according to Dinkel, the simplest of reasons: “They’re fun to drive.”
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