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What Is Every Automaker’s Best Vehicle?

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Some days I choose violence. Other days I choose chaos. Today is a chaos day because today’s Autopian Asks wants to know: What do you think is the best vehicle made by each and every automaker (or, least the ones that come to mind). I’m serious. I have a list. A list!

“Best” is extremely subjective, and it would be great if you could explain all of your reasons. It’s also completely fine not to explain at all. The goal here isn’t to just think of your favorite cars from each automaker, the question is: what’s the best car that company has ever produced? It will be contentious. I want contentious. I want us to have fun.

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Here’s a list to start with, but feel free to add and subtract:

  • Tesla:
  • Toyota:
  • Porsche:
  • Mercedes-Benz:
  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Jeep
  • VW
  • Ferrari
  • Honda
  • Ford
  • Chevy
  • GMC
  • Buick
  • Pontiac
  • Cadillac
  • Hyundai
  • Kia
  • Nissan
  • Rivian
  • Subaru
  • Renault
  • Volvo
  • Peugeot
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi

And here are my answers, which are nonsense because I’m a nonsense person:

  • Tesla: Model Y, the most important EV to date
  • Toyota: Toyota MR-2 Turbo (SW20), fun Toyota but also good Toyota
  • Porsche: W124 Mercedes-Benz 500 E, fast sedans are so much fun [Ed Note: Apparently this was developed by Porsche, but the real correct answer is the modern 911. It is objectively the best version of the best model Porsche has ever made. Or maybe the Cayenne is the answer based on sales figures… -DT]. 
  • Mercedes-Benz: W124 Mercedes-Benz 500 E, fast sedans are so much fun
  • BMW: E39, the best fast sedan
  • Chrysler: Town & Country, it’s a legend and saved the company
  • Alfa Romeo: Original Giulia, the best of Alfa
  • Dodge: 1st Gen Viper, just look at it
  • Jeep: CJ-7, maybe I’m trolling David [Ed Note: It’s clearly either the WWII Jeep, the XJ Cherokee, or the JK Wrangler; there are no other answers. -DT]. 
  • VW: Rabbit GTI, the company stopped being just cheap cars
  • Ferrari: 400i, maybe this is personal
  • Honda: Honda Integra Type R DC2, so good
  • Ford: Escort Cosworth RS, also so good
  • Chevy: 1992 Chevy Silverado, an all-time best treak
  • GMC: 1992 GMC Sierra, same
  • Buick: GNX, remember when Buicks were cool?
  • Pontiac: G8 ST, though no one has ever driven one
  • Cadillac: CTS-V Wagon, the only thing better than a fast sedan is a world-beating wagon
  • Hyundai: 1st gen, manual Veloster N
  • Kia: Carnival, I will not explain further
  • Nissan: R33 GT-R, technology and style
  • Rivian: R1T, they only make two cars so…
  • Subaru: Original Outback, important and kinda fun
  • Renault: R5, it got the country on its feet and people still like the them today
  • Volvo: 240 Wagon, I mean c’mon
  • Peugeot: 505 Dangel 4×4, I mean c’mon
  • Mazda: Mazda MP3, look it up
  • Mitsubishi: Pajero Evo, Dakar cars are great
  • Aston Martin: Virage Shooting Brake, I’m a weirdo
  • Audi: QSW, the blueprint (when it works)

Ok, your turn.

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Óscar Morales Vivó
Óscar Morales Vivó
4 months ago

I maintain that the Cayman or Boxster remain the better cars.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
4 months ago

Huh… I can list the best Renaults (no particular order):

  • 3/4
  • 5/Le Car/Supercinq
  • 6
  • Siete
  • 8
  • 10
  • 12
  • 14
  • 15/17
  • 16
  • 18
  • 20/30
  • 21
  • 25
  • Espace MK1
  • Twingo MK1
  • Fuego
  • Rodeo 5
  • Alpine A310
  • Dauphine/Ondine
  • Caravelle/Floride
  • Alpine A110
  • Domaine/Manoir
  • 4CV
  • Avantime
Óscar Morales Vivó
Óscar Morales Vivó
4 months ago

No Scénic? It’s probably my most fondly remembered car (a second gen in absinthe green).

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
4 months ago

Nah dude, I’m not fond of most Renault models from the 90s onwards; the only post-privatisation design I actually really like is the Avantime. I feel like I could’ve included the OG Clio in my list, and perhaps recent models like the New A110 or the Wind, but Renault kinda died in the early 90s for me. It went out with a bang sure, the Twingo is amazing and left me wondering what the future would bring… and the future brought Méganes and Lagunas. 1992 was a sad year. Privatization, death of the Quatrelle, launch of the Twingo – just to keep my hopes up and immediately destroy them.

Second generation Méganes were nowhere near as bad as first generation ones, but still, very much symbols of the Renaut Malaise era for me.

Last edited 4 months ago by Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Óscar Morales Vivó
Óscar Morales Vivó
4 months ago

Can’t say I share your opinion but I gotta respect it.

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
4 months ago

Username checks the hell out.

Renault sure had some wacky ideas. What was up with the R14? Sure, it’s kind of in the vein of the Horizon, Escort, and a bunch of other hatchbacks, but in person it looks like a hair dryer.

And what was up with the 15 and 17 being two models, instead of one with different trim levels?

And the Fuego of course was different, including its combustibility.

Last edited 4 months ago by Harvey Park
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
4 months ago
Reply to  Harvey Park

The 14 has a bit of a weird story, it was an attempt at refreshing the line-up while not spending too much on R&D so the drivetrain was a Renault-Peugeot joint venture, but it was a sales flop, failing to attract returning Renault customers or bring in new ones.

I also don’t get the reasoning behind having separate models for the 15 and 17. They did it later with the 20/30, but in that case it was a bit more clear that the 20 was the entry-level offering and the 30 was the more upscale model, which came with a bigger engine – the 2.7L PRV V6, rather than the various smaller I4s that were offered in the 20. It makes the decision to have separate name models for the 9 and 11 sound reasonable even if those too are the exact same car in different body styles

Last edited 4 months ago by Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
4 months ago

Tesla: TBD
Toyota: 80 series Land Cruiser (let’s be honest, LC is more Toyota’s ethos than Supra, and in most of the world, more iconic.)
Porsche: Carrera GT. Best car ever.
Mercedes-Benz: W124 E500, correct
BMW: Z8. Just kidding, I guess E46 M3 CSL?
Chrysler: ME4-12. I know it wasn’t produced, but come awwwwn.
Dodge: Does Plymouth Superbird count?
Jeep: SJ Grand Wagoneer or Comanche, undecided.
VW: Phaeton W12. Shut up, it just is.
Ferrari: meh. P4/5
Honda: S2000. duh.
Ford: MK1 GT
Chevy: no clue. I hear it’s the GMT800 though.
GMC: see above.
Buick: GNX by default.
Pontiac: rip. Does Holden (also rip) count? Cause ute.
Cadillac: CT6 V Blackwing
Hyundai: Veloster N
Kia: Stinger GT
Nissan: R34
Rivian: R1T
Subaru: one of several hand grenades.. STI, pick a year, most were the same.
Renault: Alpine A110. Don’t care if it’s a brand, it’s a Renault.
Volvo: 850R. Brick me up daddy.
Peugeot: I think it’s a 504? I just like the way they look.
Mazda: FD till death.
Mitsubishi: Pajero Evo, if I’m being contrarian. Obviously it’s an Evo 8/9.
Aston Martin: DBS. The DB9 gen. Maybe it’s my age, but this will ALWAYS be peak Aston to me.
Audi: My heart says 42 series R8 V10, my brain says RS6. Fast wagon is what Audi does. or did.
Acura: I did this one just to have original NSX and S2000 in my list.
Citroen: XM
SAAB: 9000
Jaguar: D-Type. preeetty
Lada: Niva. Preferably not of watermelon variety.

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
4 months ago

> Lada: Niva. Preferably not of watermelon variety.

The watermelon version probably runs better.

Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
4 months ago
Reply to  Harvey Park

But you can’t ride a watermelon.

Er, well, you can but you might be a little sore the next day.

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
4 months ago

You got most of those wrong, but instead of correcting you, I’ll just fill in some of the gaps you missed:

MG – MGA Twin Cam
Jaguar – D-Type
Plymouth – Neon ACR
Citroen – 2CV
Suzuki – SJ410 Jimny/Samurai
Packard – Twelve from the 1930s
Studebaker – Avanti
AMC – AMX
Mitsuoka – Buddy

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

Triumph – TR4a

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
4 months ago

You spelled “Dolomite Sprint” wrong

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

Just judging from your list, I definitely need to subscribe to your newsletter.
I am comfortable stating that the 2CV, D-Type, and AMX are never grouped together (and that’s a shame)

Space
Space
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

What would you pick for Oldsmobile?

Drew
Drew
4 months ago

Tesla: Model 3, I guess. As far as range and affordability, it’s something.Toyota: Hilux, because look at the impressive use they get put through everywhere.Porsche: 911s as a series–they manage to keep the character as they continue to update it. It’s a genuinely impressive feat to keep that balance.Mercedes-Benz: SL AMG Roadster–I just like it, mostly.BMW: Their sports sedans as a group. I’m not really a BMW fan, but they do sports sedans well.Chrysler: Pacifica, only because they made a PHEV minivan. I wish others would follow suit. It’s a fantastic use case–EV for bussing kids around town, gas for road trips so you don’t have to keep the kids wrangled while it charges.Dodge: Dakota, with an honorable mention for the new Challenger, which was a good revival of the model. The Viper is also an honorable mention, because it was something a LOT of us really wanted for some time.Jeep: unpopular opinion here: Wrangler 4xe. Electrifying the Wrangler was a hell of a move, and I think meeting people where they are does more to get people electrified than trying to get them excited for new things.VW: The Beetle, of course, but also the Vanagon. Giving people attainable, usable cars is important.Ferrari: 365 GTC. I just think it’s cool.Lamborghini: Countach. It was on a lot of posters because we all thought it was cool.Honda: S2000, no explanation should be necessaryFord: 1st/2nd gen Explorers, but that’s partially nostalgiaChevy: 3d Gen K20 stepside. Almost entirely nostalgia. Or the Bolt. Affordable EV without being super short rangeGMC: 1990s Sonoma. Good pickup for people who didn’t need a full-size.Buick: Mid-60s Riviera.Cadillac: Coupe DeVille. It’s what I think of when I think Cadillac.Hyundai: Kona N. Taking a rather forgettable small crossover (slightly lifted hatchback) and making it fun is an achievement.Kia: Either their early cars for being affordable econoboxes or the EV6, which should be seen as a lesson that automakers can make relatively cool, well-equipped EVs without making luxury EVs.Nissan: XTerra. It’d sell well if they rereleased it today.Rivian; R1T because it’s an electric pickup that should meet the needs of the buyer. The delivery vehicles, because that’s solid use.Subaru: Outback. It’s a really usable wagon all sorts of people can get excited about.Volvo: V70R Wagon.Peugeot: 206. I loved it in Need for Speed games.Mazda: Miata, because it is the attainable roadster.Mitsubishi: Lancer EVO.Aston Martin: DB5.Audi: Their wagons. They make a great luxury wagon.
I now notice that I didn’t list many vehicles I want. Guess I don’t like the best.

Last edited 4 months ago by Drew
Drew
Drew
4 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Dammit. I didn’t double-check when I edited, and my bulleted list became a mess when I added the line about not liking the best.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
4 months ago
Reply to  Drew

If your guuna rant at least do it in all caps.

JDE
JDE
4 months ago
  • Tesla: Trick question right?
  • Toyota: 4.7 Land Cruiser
  • Porsche: 96 993 – last of the air cooled wonders
  • Mercedes-Benz: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 6.0 AMG Hammer
  • BMW – 2003 E39 M5 – 6 speed manual
  • Chrysler – 1956 300C – still one of the most handsome cars ever made.
  • Dodge – 2023 Black Ghost Challenger
  • Jeep – 2021 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
  • VW – 70’s model VW thing
  • Ferrari – Sky Jump V95
  • Honda – Saturn Vue redline
  • Ford – 1973 Falcon XB/GT
  • Chevy – 2007 Silverado 2500HD Duramax
  • GMC – 90’s Typhoon
  • Buick – 1965 Rivera GS
  • Pontiac – 1973 Super Duty 455 TA
  • Cadillac – 1969 Eldorado
  • Hyundai – Genesis G70
  • Kia – Stinger GT
  • Nissan – Skyline GT
  • Rivian – The SUV
  • Subaru – Legacy 2.5 with a manual
  • Renault – jokes again I see
  • Volvo – P1800 Coupe
  • Peugeot – Pew what
  • Mazda – Fiat 124 spider
  • Mitsubishi – 1996 Eclipse GSX turbo AWD
  • Aston Martin – DB7, any year, they always look great even if the lucas electrics or even ford hearts give out.
  • Audi – Audi RS e-tron GT
Dalton
Dalton
4 months ago
Reply to  JDE

Calling the 124 Spider the best Mazda whenever its worse in every aspect than the ND Miata is certainly a choice.

JDE
JDE
4 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

Eh, it looks better than the Miata, so I went with it. outside of say a last gen turbo RX7 I have nothing of note from mazda that is interesting , and the apex seals kill that old RX7.

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
4 months ago

Chrysler: Pacifica

I mean it’s just… so… the only car they still make.

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
4 months ago
  • Tesla: Model 3, it’s the least obnoxious.
  • Toyota: 3rd-generation Camry. It’s the best at being a Toyota.
  • Porsche: 959 forever.
  • Mercedes-Benz: Tough call… going with the W114 cars here. Every good thing about M-B in one classic package.
  • BMW: E34 M5. There can be only one.
  • Chrysler: 1955 C-300. Birth of the “muscle car”.
  • Dodge: 1968 Charger. When most people picture a Dodge this is it.
  • Jeep: XJ Cherokee.
  • VW: OG Golf GTI.
  • Ferrari: Rough one… Probably the 458/488. Front engine? 365 Daytona.
  • Honda: jumping over the fun sporty stuff for the 2nd-generation Accord. A Very Good Car.
  • Ford: First-generation Mustang. It changed the automotive landscape in nearly every possible way.
  • Chevy: C8 Corvette. I don’t especially like it, but there’s no denying it’s a world-beater.
  • GMC: I dunno, some truck.
  • Buick: 1963 Riviera. The most Buick Buick ever was.
  • Pontiac: The best Pontiac was almost always a slightly better Chevy except the G8, which was a slightly worse Holden. Going with the G8 here. Fight me.
  • Cadillac: The best car? CT5 Blackwing. The best Cadillac? ’59 Eldorado Biarritz.
  • Hyundai: Non-Genesis? Probably the Elantra-N. Genesis- the G90.
  • Kia: The first-gen Soul made it okay to buy a Kia based on something other than price.
  • Nissan: Datsun 240z. Rocked the sports car world.
  • Rivian: I dunno, some electric truck?
  • Subaru: I love the SRX. It’s not objectively a great car, so 1st-gen WRX.
  • Renault: R4.
  • Volvo: 122 Amazon.
  • Peugeot:505.
  • Mazda: The answer is ALWAYS Miata. Preferably the NA.
  • Mitsubishi: Oof. Evo 9?
  • Aston Martin: DB9. It’s kind of perfect.
  • Audi: Ur-Quattro.
BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
4 months ago
  • Tesla: Model S – It was ground breaking
  • Toyota: J60 Land Cruiser
  • Porsche: 930 or 964 turbo
  • Mercedes-Benz: 500
  • BMW: e38
  • Chrysler: Technically not a Chrysler, but a ’64 Imperial
  • Dodge: ’68 Charger
  • Jeep: SJ (Grand) Wagoneer
  • VW: Mk4 GTI
  • Ferrari: Testarossa
  • Honda: S2000
  • Ford: ’56 F100
  • Chevy: ’55 (150/210/Belair)
  • GMC: 2-Door GMT400
  • Buick: ’64 Wildcat
  • Pontiac: ’67 Firebird
  • Cadillac: ’60 Eldorado
  • Hyundai: Ionic 5
  • Kia: Stinger
  • Nissan: Xterra (any gen) possibly first gen Pathfinder
  • Rivian: RT1
  • Subaru: Saab 9-2X
  • Renault: 5 Turbo
  • Volvo: 850 T-5R
  • Peugeot: 504
  • Mazda: RX-7 (any generation)
  • Mitsubishi: Monterro
  • Aston Martin: ’77-89 V8 Vantage
  • Audi: Quattro
  • Saab: 99 turbo
V10omous
V10omous
4 months ago
  • Tesla: The first Model S, truly ground-breaking
  • Toyota: LC200
  • Porsche: 959
  • Mercedes-Benz: Any “65” model for a modern one, or a 300SL Gullwing for a classic one
  • BMW: E46 M3
  • Chrysler: The “letter cars” of the 50s-60s, can’t pick just one.
  • Dodge: 5th gen Viper ACR
  • Jeep: The one that won WW2
  • VW: Never made a good vehicle
  • Ferrari: Everyone will say F40, I fucking love the F50
  • Honda: 1st NSX
  • Ford: Aluminum F-series
  • Chevy: C8 Z06 or 1970 Chevelle SS
  • GMC: 1st gen Jimmy (1969-72)
  • Buick: 90s Park Ave with 3800
  • Pontiac: 1964 GTO
  • Cadillac: CT5 Blackwing or 1930 V16 Phaeton
  • Hyundai: Equus
  • Kia: K900
  • Nissan:300ZX
  • Rivian: How are they on this list and not Lincoln or Oldsmobile?
  • Subaru: BR-Z
  • Renault: No French cars
  • Volvo: whichever one that guy took to 3 million miles, that must be a good car?
  • Peugeot: No French cars
  • Mazda: FD RX7 or NA Miata
  • Mitsubishi: Zero fighter
  • Aston Martin: Cygnet
  • Audi: S8 V10
Brian Ash
Brian Ash
4 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

Rivian – Amazon Van, cause its the EV that visits my house almost everyday.

V10omous
V10omous
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Ash

Damn, I wish I had thought of that one.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
4 months ago

My brain exploded with the question :head-explosion.gif:

Delta 88
Delta 88
4 months ago

So, since I’m a pretty basic dude, I’m gonna stick with manufacturers from the U.S., but I picked some that you didn’t include, mainly because they don’t exist anymore, with the exception of one. And away we go!

Oldsmobile – Rocket 88. It was one of the earlier mass produced V8s, and most definitely set the stage for the endless pursuit of more powerful engines that was to come. The argument could be, and has been, made that it was the first automobile that could be called a Muscle Car. It also had a killer song named after it, which also kickstarted a whole other revolution.

Saturn – I personally want to say the SC2, but c’mon, it’s gotta be the Sky Redline, right? No further explanation required.

Plymouth – As much as it pains me, I have to say the Voyager. For better or for worse, the industry wouldn’t be where it’s at today without the original Mopar minivans. Also, for better or for worse, it saved Mopar’s ass.

Mercury – Marauder. Again, no further explanation required.

Lincoln – The mid-60’s Continental. To this day, never has such a simple design continued to look so classy for so long.

BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
4 months ago

Where’s Saab?

Brian Ash
Brian Ash
4 months ago
Reply to  BolognaBurrito

Yeah they left out so many, Saab – the answer starts with a 9

Hiram McDaniel
Hiram McDaniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Ash

and ends with 00. And has the word Turbo, may also have the random letters S,P, and G.

Brian Ash
Brian Ash
4 months ago
Reply to  Hiram McDaniel

No AERO?

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Ash

The title asks for the automaker’s best vehicle, so for SAAB the answer is clearly the Model 401:

https://migrated.ifokus.se/uploads/f9f/f9f7820f5b101cb5df9ab8c494e643d1/401.jpg

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
4 months ago
  • Tesla: None
  • Toyota: Any 90’s supra
  • Porsche: Meh
  • Mercedes-Benz: W123
  • BMW: E31 M3
  • Chrysler: Fuck Chrysler
  • Dodge: See above
  • Jeep: XJ
  • VW: Mk2 GTI
  • Ferrari: Meh
  • Honda: First Gen Integra
  • Ford: Second Gen Probe GT
  • Chevy: C2 Vette
  • GMC: Meh
  • Buick: Meh
  • Pontiac: G8 GT
  • Cadillac: CT5 Blackwing
  • Hyundai: Any Veloster (having owned a 1rst gen NA)
  • Kia: Personally I love my Niro, 55mpg and really comfortable, all the car anyone really needs.
  • Nissan: 70s z
  • Rivian: who :-P?
  • Subaru: All of them are pretty ok.
  • Renault: R5
  • Volvo: 240
  • Peugeot: All of them since we can’t get them lol
  • Mazda: 2nd Gen RX-7, remember doing 120 with a buddy on a back road!
  • Mitsubishi: 3000GT
  • Aston Martin: The bond one
  • Audi: S3
Nycbjr
Nycbjr
4 months ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

Acutally I want to amend, for Dodge, Viper all the way!

V10omous
V10omous
4 months ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

This is the way

Alexk98
Alexk98
4 months ago
Reply to  Nycbjr

As a current W123 (project) Owner, I went W124 because I’ll be damned if anything with this car’s vacuum system can be called the greatest of any manufacturer. At the same time it still runs and runs and runs, and even continues to run when I take the key out until I physically choke the oil-burning diesel with the “STOP” lever on the engine

Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexk98

W124 has a lot of vacuum bs, too. had to manually open my gas door on many a cold winters day. But W124 is still God-tier.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexk98

I had that issue in my 3rd or 4th diesel MB. Took a MityVac and the FSM on DVD to solve it. While figuring it out, a long piece of tubing & the MityVac allowed me to shut it off from the comfort of the cabin. And it was perfect for isolating & testing each subsystem.

-mind, my first few cost $500 or less: you likely have higher standards 🙂

Alexk98
Alexk98
4 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

Thats really good to know! And honestly my standards are nowhere near that high, I’m just on a project car kick at the moment and am not tied to getting it perfect, I’ve already disconnected the door lock actuators because that is not worth the effort to me. I just want to get it about 80-90% functional overall before selling it off since I want to get into something JDM like a crown wagon. Needless to say my taste in cars is broad, so FB Marketplace is an extremely dangerous place.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexk98

You know, I still have that FSM on disc. You’re welcome to it if you can figure out a way I can mail it to you that you’re comfortable with.
-IIrc, though, I needed a Windows 95 emulator to view it

Dalton
Dalton
4 months ago

Shit, lets actually do this.

Theres a lot of bias towards sportiness in here, and some brands i have a lot more fondness for others so they have more detailed answers. Also Citroen and Lancia were missing so i added those.

  • Tesla: Model S
  • Toyota: 60 Series Land Cruiser
  • Porsche: 993 GT2
  • Mercedes-Benz: W124 Chassis as a whole
  • BMW: E28 M5
  • Chrysler: 1955 Imperial (I know its a “separate brand” i dont care)
  • Dodge: SRII GTS
  • Jeep: Grand Wagoneer
  • VW: Corrado SLC VR6
  • Ferrari: F40
  • Honda: S600, S2000, NA1 NSX, Insight, EK Civic, CR-X???????
  • Ford: RS200, ’65 GT350, ’05/’06 GT, F150, this one can go so many ways.
  • Chevy: C8 Corvette Z06
  • GMC: Syclone
  • Buick: 1962 LeSabre, the one that got 3mpg
  • Pontiac: 1971 Firebird Trans Am 455-SD
  • Cadillac: ’59-60 ElDorado
  • Hyundai: Ioniq 5
  • Kia: EV6
  • Nissan: 240z 432
  • Rivian: R1T
  • Subaru: Outback 3.0 LL Bean
  • Renault: Turbo 5
  • Volvo: V90
  • Peugeot: 205 T16
  • Mazda: FD RX-7
  • Mitsubishi: Pajero
  • Aston Martin: DBR1
  • Audi: Quattro
  • Citroen: SM
  • Lancia: Aurelia
Brian Ash
Brian Ash
4 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

Well they are also missing LR, but its 100% the OG 90 so must of been left out cause no debate.

Dalton
Dalton
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian Ash

Oh right they did. Yeah i’d agree with you though.

JDE
JDE
4 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

SD 455 was 73 nd 74 only, they did make a pretty killer looking 71 455 HO though.

Hiram McDaniel
Hiram McDaniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

I am interested in your views, do you have a newsletter I can subscribe to? Seriously, I like your list. I would make these changes/additions

  • BMW – E21 320i (I had one and loved it, personal bias)
  • Jeep – 1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited
  • Chevy – K5 Blazer
  • Volvo – V70R (must have the 6 speed spaceball)
  • Mitsubishi – 3000GT
  • Saab- 900 Turbo SPG
  • Lancia – Integrale Delta
Dalton
Dalton
4 months ago
Reply to  Hiram McDaniel

I just hang out on the discord a lot (You should join!)
Saab, i’m 100% with you on.

Delta 88
Delta 88
4 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

The Buick would have been any model with the Dynaflow transmission.

V10omous
V10omous
4 months ago

THAT IS NOT A FIRST GEN VIPER

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
4 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

Shhhhh. Shhhhh. (Strokes head) Shhhh…

Hardigree didn’t mean to hurt you.

Shhhhh…

V10omous
V10omous
4 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

He’s had it in for me since I called out his takes on the jellybean F150 styling. I should have expected this knife to the ribs.

Delta 88
Delta 88
4 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

To this day, that remains one of the worst automotive takes I have ever read

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
4 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

Nah, if that were the case we’d all have bled out by now, given that no self-respecting car person would ever agree with that F150 take. I still half believe it’s a long troll.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
4 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

This is obvious.

I will also state for the record that there are only 4 generations. Let that sink in for a minute.

V10omous
V10omous
4 months ago

Every one of the 5 generations has either a new design, a revamped engine, or both.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
4 months ago
  • Tesla: Model S Plaid Track Pack
  • Toyota: Original Lexus LS
  • Porsche: Carrera GT
  • Mercedes-Benz: 190E Evo II
  • BMW: E46 M3
  • Chrysler: Newport Phaeton 
  • Dodge: Second Gen Charger
  • Jeep: the OG Grand Wagoneer
  • VW: First gen Golf GTI
  • Ferrari: 550 Maranello
  • Honda: CVCC
  • Ford: GT40
  • Chevy: 6th gen Camaro SS 1LE
  • GMC: Syclone
  • Buick: 1st gen Riviera GS
  • Pontiac: 1964 Tempest GTO
  • Cadillac: CT5-V Blackwing
  • Hyundai:
  • Kia:
  • Nissan: Fairlady Z432
  • Rivian: R1T
  • Subaru: Hawk Eye STi
  • Renault: R5 Turbo
  • Volvo: 240GLT
  • Peugeot: 205 T16
  • Mazda: NA Miata
  • Mitsubishi: Evo V
  • Aston Martin: Victor
  • Audi: Sport quattro
Dalton
Dalton
4 months ago

We think a lot alike.

Brian Ash
Brian Ash
4 months ago

BMW – Meh E39 M5, it was great until the V10 came along, who cares that it’s bloated, wouldn’t trade my 6spd V10 for anything. Would pick E34 M5 over the E39, definitely pick the 2002tii, M1, 850CSi (V12!! yummy), or 635CSi/M6.

Why is Tesla on first on the list, so disappointed, Model Y yuck, if anything the OG Roadster it’s what put them on the map even though it was a POS, well everything they make is a POS.

Porsche, guess can accept your answer, but the only real Porsche is 911 so just pick the generation. DT suggesting the Cayenne that belongs under VW/Audi, but would lose to Audi 2000 Rally.

Renault – yeah the R5 all the way.
Peugeot – Now I miss my 505 Turbo
Merc – 300SL Gullwing.

Forbestheweirdo
Forbestheweirdo
4 months ago

The order of this list is causing me so much anxiety. Why would you not put it in alphabetical order? What is this?!

Alexk98
Alexk98
4 months ago
  • Tesla: Model S – OG Flagship and industry changer
  • Toyota: SuPrA bRo iTs GoT 1000 HoRsEpOwEr (but it’s actually SW20 MR2)
  • Porsche: Carrera GT, I’ll be basic because it’s correct
  • Mercedes-Benz: 190E 2.3-16, I will not elaborate, IYKYK
  • BMW: E24 M6 – Just look at it, that is all
  • Chrysler: ME-Four-Twelve
  • Dodge: Viper, particularly 3rd gen, but could argue for any generation
  • Jeep: I will abstain as to not anger DT
  • VW: Phaeton W12 – Yes its stupid, but so, so good
  • Ferrari: IDK I’m too poor to even consider
  • Honda: NA1 NSX. Speaks for itself
  • Ford: 2000’s Ford GT
  • Chevy: Corvette, take your pick of generation, I’ll say C8 I guess
  • Pontiac: G8 GXP (mega bonus points for Ute conversions)
  • Hyundai: N Vision 74 – Build it. Cowards.
  • Kia: Stinger GT
  • Nissan: R32 GTR
  • Rivian – R1T I guess because truck=cooler than SUV? Gear tunnel is awesome too
  • Subaru: 22B, not only is GC8 the most attractive generation, but its just so special
  • Volvo: 240, of course.
  • Mazda: ITS THE MIATA MATT CMON HOW COULD YOU PUT ANYTHING BUT THE MIATA DOWN FOR THIS – I’ll specifically vote ND2 over NA no less
  • Mitsubishi – Pajero Evo because Dakar
  • Aston Martin: Vanquish Zagato Shooting Break
  • Audi: RS2, must be nogaro blue to qualify
Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexk98

I think we’d be friends

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
4 months ago
Reply to  Alexk98

You’re not entirely wrong with that list

T-wrecks
T-wrecks
4 months ago

Hyundai Equus Ultimate. Absolutely unbelievable car for the price. (I mean used today)

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
4 months ago
  • Kia: Carnival, I will not explain further

Honestly, I agree. The Stinger is close, but the Carnival nailed it.

  • Cadillac: CTS-V Wagon, the only thing better than a fast sedan is a world-beating wagon

My personal fav is the CT6-V. The OG Blackwing.

  • Mazda: Mazda MP3, look it up

I was actually thinking about this car the other day and considered calling 1-800-AUTOPIAN to suggest it gets an article. If the Bongo Brawny Sky Lounge ever made it to production, I would have to vote for that, though.

  • Audi: QSW, the blueprint (when it works)

I mean, yeah, but the RS2 Avant is pretty high up there too, even if a lot of the parts said “PORSCHE”.

  • Honda: Honda Integra Type R DC2, so good

Gotta go with the S2K here

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
4 months ago

Sprinter: short wheelbase, 1st gen, low roof with the diesel.

Big enough to carry pretty much anything and anyone you need, but it will fit in a standard garage and still get decent fuel economy!

Andrea Petersen
Andrea Petersen
4 months ago

Fiat: mk1 Fiat Panda. The only thing Fiat has ever created that is pure perfection. Utilitarian, tough, stylish, simple, desperately desired by yours truly.

10001010
10001010
4 months ago

Most of your list is 100% on target but for Mitsubishi it has to be the late 80s widebody Starion, hands down. Without it there’d be no 3KGTs or DSMs or Evos.

JDE
JDE
4 months ago
Reply to  10001010

But if you want you could put that over into the Dodge category, the Dodge versions were also Chrysler and Plymouth I think, but certainly the Dodge Conquest TSI wide body is still the best looking of the bunch in my opinion.

10001010
10001010
4 months ago
Reply to  JDE

They’re physically, mechanically, and in all ways identical. Unlike the later DSMs and 3KGT/Stealth that differed cosmetically by brand the Starion/Conquest was 100% identical except for the stickers are the rear hatch and the front fenders.

They’re also 100% built by Mitsubishi which is why I put them in the Mitz category. The DSMs were group effort Moparbishis but the Starion came from Mitz.

You’re absolutely correct though that the wide body is the best looking. It still stops my heart every time I see one.

JDE
JDE
4 months ago
Reply to  10001010

I think they are legitimately Hemi Head as well. though back then you kind of needed the turbo to fill that head space fast enough.

10001010
10001010
4 months ago
Reply to  JDE

They were. The 4G54 engine was even branded “Hemi” in other Chrysler products to much dissatisfaction from fans of the 60s V8 “Hemi”.

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