Own a Car that Changed the Game

July 18th, 2014

Acura NSX

Any regular schmuck can own a Camry.

A Camry is proven reliable and economical to own. There’s nothing particularly exciting about a Camry, but you can be sure it’ll always be there when you need it.

Owning a Camry tells the world you appreciate the status quo and would rather opt for comfort and knowing exactly what to expect than take a chance on innovation.

Maybe there’s a part of you that wants to live a slightly more exciting life, but you still crave the peace of knowing exactly what to expect in a vehicle.

You, my friend, need a car that changed the game when new, but today is a solid used choice.

MSN Autos posted a gallery of cars that changed the game, most of which are readily available on the used market. Some, like the Model T, are a little more difficult to find.

Read on to find out which are worth considering as your next car.

1. Jeep Cherokee

1993 Jeep Cherokee

We’re referring, of course, to the original. This SUV is credited with creating the small-but-capable SUV market. They are available used but work better as hobby cars than daily drivers. Skip it.

2. Lexus LS 400

1991 Lexus LS 400

This is the Lexus that started it all and injected a new pursuit of perfection into the luxury car market. These cars are still around and still provide a solid value. Buy it.

3. Acura NSX

1994 Acura NSX

After redefining what a supercar could be, the original NSX remains one of the greatest cars ever made. If you can find one, Buy it.

4. Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT-R

In my humble opinion the GT-R wouldn’t have existed, or at least never made it the States, had the NSX not come first. Plus, it’s still exceptionally expensive to buy and maintain. Skip it.

5. Mazda Miata

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The best selling 2-seat sports car ever. If you’re a woman, or don’t mind handing in your man card, Buy it.

6. Toyota Prius

2001 Toyota Prius

Yes, it made the gas/electric hybrid concept a thing. Buying an original, though, would be risky, because sooner or later the battery pack will need replacing. Skip it.

7. Tesla Model S

2014 Tesla Model S

There’s a lot of hype about this car, and it’s *really* good, but hold your horses and let Tesla mature a little more before taking the plunge. Tesla Model 3 anyone? Skip it… for now.

8. Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima

This is listed as a game-changer. But it wasn’t. It’s a fine car with sexy looks, but it’s still a Kia. Unless you really want a Kia, Skip it.

9. Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Yeah, it was basically the first “4-door coupe,” but that whole idea has run its course and is no longer interesting. Automakers will realize that fact soon. Skip it.

10. Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang

The 1965 car invented the muscle-car segment. Almost 50 years later it’s still on fire. Buy it.

11. Dodge Caravan

1996 Dodge Caravan

Just because a vehicle invented a segment doesn’t mean it was a great vehicle. Those old Caravans are what you see with plastic taped over missing windows. If you must have a minivan, get a newer one. Skip it.

What game-changing used car would you buy?

-tgriffith

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Used Toyota Camry
Used Ford Model T
Used Jeep Cherokee
Used Lexus LS400
Used Acura NSX
Used Nissan GT-R
Used Mazda Miata
Used Toyota Prius
Used Tesla Model S
Used Kia Optima
Used Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Used Ford Mustang
Used Dodge Caravan

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