We thought we would follow up our Today’s Most Popular Cars From the 1980s list with its logical sequel: ’90s cars. We looked at our data again and determined which ’90s cars garnered the most interest from CarGurus shoppers. We have to say, this list surprises us a bit less. The ’80s list featured a good number of discontinued cars, but only one car no longer in production made this one. Nineties cars are probably a bit more practical than some of the nearly ancient ’80s models (cars on this list are likely at least 11 years younger), and most of these cars haven’t quite reached collector status.
Trucks and diesels go together like salt and margaritas. The two just belong together, but in the United States there’s been a wedge in the relationship. What’s kept the high-torque long-lasting diesel engine from the majority of the truck market here?
Money, of course.
All the big bad-boy trucks here have diesel options. Ford, Chevy, and Ram all offer oil-burners made to handle the biggest of the big truck jobs.
But what about the casual truck guy who just wants to tow his boat to the lake under diesel power, but doesn’t want to buy a massive pickup for the job? That guy has some options now.
But not from Toyota.
You’d think everyone who ventures into the countryside finds forgotten but beautiful cars inside rotting old barns.
As often as the topic of “barn finds” comes up in the auto world, it appears they are as common as finding a Starbucks on a downtown corner in Seattle.
Barn finds are rare, though, at least if we’re talking about finds that could be worth some cash. I was lucky enough to have a barn find of my own once, but it was a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. Granted, it was the Sport edition, but it wasn’t exactly on par with the old Bugattis and Ferraris people seem to stumble across.
A find in France just may go down in history as the greatest barn find ever.
Think of the carmakers that you thought would never build an SUV.
To date, all but one of these automakers have built, or plan to build, an SUV. Now we can add one more to the list of things we never thought we’d see:
Can you guess which car company is being described with the following words?
[Its] strengths lie in taking designs by Ive’s team, building them at high quality and low cost and selling them at a premium. Where it succeeds best is integrating the software that manages how customers use those products to keep them satisfied.
That’s a description any carmaker would strive to achieve, yet none have truly gotten there.
The statement above describes Apple, the computer company that brought us home computing, portable music, smart phones, and soon, cars.
Tesla is winning, big time.
Part of that success is because it has gone completely unchallenged in its chosen market. If someone is in the market for an electric luxury sedan, they have nowhere else to look.
Tesla identified that market and built a car no one else in the world would build. The result? Total domination with the Model S and plans to overtake more car markets.
But there’s another side effect from success:
As time goes on and we look back at decades past, the ’80s become a weirder time for everyone. It was a pretty good time for cars, though, to be honest. Cars from the ’80s are still holding up to this day, and finding these 30-plus-year-old vehicles is becoming more desirable for some people. A lot of cars from the ’80s still move off sales lots pretty quickly. Not too surprising when these American classics are becoming increasingly rare and desirable. Many have long been discontinued, and that rarity has only increased their value.
I’ve been dreading the day I’d hear about the demise of the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Italian supercar has been sitting on the top of my list of favorites since its introduction.
Like all good things, though, I knew the 458 would eventually die. All Ferraris do. On the positive side, the death of one model usually results in the birth of something even better.
The 458 Italia will give way to the 488 GTB. Will it be an improvement? Will it compete with the best supercars on the market?
My 13-year-old son is a Ferrari aficionado and suffered equal heartbreak when he heard the news of the 458. Here is the question he asked:
Will aluminum body panels become a relic of an experimental past or redefine how automakers build cars?
The new Ford F-150 uses the alloy extensively and is receiving accolades for its innovation. People were cautious, even full of ridicule, before the truck hit the market. Comments like, “The new F-150 will be as tough as a beer can,” circulated through the online world.
Now automakers are eating their words and realizing that the use of aluminum in cars is probably not going away.
The big question is: Do the weight savings translate to enough money saved to justify the costly repairs to aluminum?
Sometimes we just need a feel-good story to get us through the week.
By now you’ve probably heard about the man in Detroit who has walked an incredible 21 miles every day for work. This wasn’t a once or twice fluke—James Robertson made the trek for 10 years. Assuming a 5-day work week, that’s 54,600 miles traversed on foot through some of Detroit’s toughest areas.
He walks because he could never afford to replace or repair the car that broke down a decade ago. Even still, Robertson arrives at his 2 pm shift on time, every day, and goes home at 10 pm.
For 10 years.
Naturally, when the Internet got hold of this story, things went berserk. Within days a fund was set up, and over $300,000 was raised for Mr. Robertson to buy a new car.
Late last week he received his gift: