With the year coming to a close, we thought it might a good time to look into the hottest cars of the year for consumers on CarGurus. So we dug into our data mines to determine exactly which vehicles were generating the most interest among our users this last year. These are not necessarily the most purchased vehicles, but rather the vehicles most inquired about by CarGurus users.
I’m going out on a limb here and risking the complete revocation of my man card. I’m also risking the wrath of millions of Mustang and Camaro fanatics everywhere.
I’m sick of muscle cars.
The Mustang came out 50 years ago and captured the hearts of Americans. As a teenager in the 1990s, a ’65 Mustang was my dream car. I wanted a red convertible with the 289-cubic-inch V8 engine so badly that I worked two part-time jobs to save for one. I had dreams about that car and would have done anything to get one. Instead I met a girl and spent all the saved money on her, then settled for a black 1994 V6 Mustang.
Not the same, I know.
Instead of the sleek and sporty look of the Evos concept, seen above, the 2015 Mustang will probably look, well, like a Mustang.
That makes me sad.
With new architecture and the promise of a new era spanning continents, I had hoped the Mustang would ditch all things retro and forge new paths while going on sale in places like Germany. Instead it appears the mostly new car will be an evolution of the pony car instead of the revolution I had wanted.
Small steps forward are good, but the new car doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough to render the 2013 and 2014 used models obsolete.
I can remember tumbling around on the floor of the Cougar.
I couldn’t have been more than 3 years old, but I remember looking up at my dad from the floorboard below the passenger seat of his 1968 Mercury Cougar. All I knew back then was that the car went fast, was loud and made my dad happy.
I don’t know if I fell off the passenger seat or if my dad had me ride down there on purpose, but I remember laughing and loving every minute of it.
Unfortunately, I never got to fully appreciate the car, because my mom “suggested” that my dad sell it so they could have a more comfortable and practical family vehicle.
That’s a shame, because that ’68 had a 428-cubic-inch 390-hp 4-barrel V8, which certainly explains my inability to stay still on the floor or planted in the seat.
It’s also why the 1968 Cougar is the American classic I’d buy right now if I could.
I like ice cream, and I like tuna fish, but I don’t like tuna fish ice cream.
That same theory goes for cars and video games. I love cars, I think video games have their place, but the two just shouldn’t be combined. Well, let me be more specific: Video games that include cars are great. Cars that incorporate pieces of video games are not.
A post on Ford’s social media site got me thinking about this. A young engineer has figured out a way to make a manual gear shift knob vibrate in the same way that a video game controller does.
To which I ask: Why?
In 1962 Ford was in pre-production of what would become the Ford Mustang. Rare pictures from those early days of development were posted on the Mustang Facebook page yesterday, along with the disclosure that the original name for the car was the Ford Cougar. Can you imagine, the first of the pony cars carrying a cat’s name? Maybe the entire segment would have taken on the name “kitty cars” had the Cougar name stuck.
Look closely and notice the iconic Mustang logo on the grille is actually a Peugeot-ish cougar scratching at the box it’s enclosed in. The photos are a fun glimpse into the birth of an icon, a car that has carried on for almost 50 years. The official 50th anniversary of the Mustang happens on April 17, 2014, which almost coincides with the coming sixth-generation of the muscle car. Ford has plans, of course, to celebrate its milestone. While we wait for those details, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite ‘Stangs from the last 49 years.
I’ve never been one to devote myself to a single brand, unless you count my fanboy devotion to Apple. Between my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod nano, iPod Touch and iPad, it’s possible that iMight have an iProblem.
I have yet to find a car brand that has the same effect on me, which is odd, considering I like cars way more than I like tech. I can count no fewer than eight different car brands I have owned over the years, and that’s just in my adult life. Count the cars I drove, but didn’t personally own, as a teenager, and that increases by at least two.
Lexus, Jaguar, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Subaru and Suzuki have all, at some point in my life, shared a space in my garage. Some of those makes I’ve owned twice, but that’s as deep as my loyalty goes. Do I have a favorite? That all depends on what I used the car for. I wonder if I’m alone in my wishy-washy devotion to car brands. Do other CarGurus readers tend to pick one brand and stick with it?
The low rumble of an idling V8 hints at the coming roar that will echo through the concrete-slathered urban jungle of downtown. Once the accelerator pedal hits the floor and sends a flood of liquid fire into the waiting cylinders, everyone within three city blocks knows a powerful pony car is near.
The unmistakable notes of aural pleasure that resonate through tunnels and off skyscrapers bring joy to all bystanders and pedestrians walking to work. They say, “That sound is why I go to work. Someday, I will be that cool guy screaming through the streets and flaunting my awesomeness.”
Soon, though, the classic roar of a V8 pony car may be replaced by the whine of a turbocharged 4-cylinder.
Which won’t sound nearly as good inside a tunnel.
The Ford Mustang will soon turn 50 years old.
In planning for the 2015 edition of the beloved and classic muscle car, Ford has some options.
Option 1: Let the car finish out its natural life then fade into history, proud of the contribution it has made to American culture.
Option 2: Carry on as usual, with a slight nip and tuck but no drastic changes, because Americans will keep buying it.
Option 3: Completely redesign the car, throw out everything the Mustang has ever been and relaunch it to a worldwide audience.
The Ford of the past would be perfectly content with option 2. Plenty of folks throughout the country surely believe the Mustang has run its course and deserves the dignity of option 1.
Option 3, though, could be what’s in store.
Disneyland for the price of a state fair.
Las Vegas for the cost of an Indian casino.
5th Avenue for the price of Target.
When the right value proposition is dangled in front of us, we’d be crazy not to buy. Sports-car fanatics, at least the ones on a budget, look for the most amount of fun stuffed into the least expensive package. They want a Porsche for the price of a Scion.
Which could be exactly what the new Scion FR-S delivers.