15 Cars That Would Make Amazing Holiday Gifts
Holiday gifts don't have to fit in a small box.
This holiday season, surprise your loved ones with a new car. It's something that people both need and want. And don't worry, you've still got a few days left to visit a dealer and buy a brand new car. If you don't have time to do that, remember that the tail-end of the calendar year is often a good time to get a great deal, as dealers want to clear out old inventory to make room for new.
Here are our recommendations for the best cars to give to everyone in your life this holiday season.
For the video gamer — Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is one of the greatest rally racers of its time. During the late 90s, Tommi Makinen and his Evo racked up four World Rally Championships in a row. At the same time, the Evo became world legend in the videogame universe as well. Unfortunately, the Evo is coming the end of its shelf life. Mitsubishi will no longer sell its flagship sports sedan after this year. However, it's not too late to get your hand on one of the last Evo's imported to the US called the FE or Final Edition.
For the outdoorsy person — The Range Rover Sport SVR.
The Range Rover Sport continues Ranger Rover's long standing tradition of providing customers with the ability to traverse some of the most rugged terrain in the world in comfort and style. In SVR guise, the 550 horsepower Range Rover Sport takes that performance to the next level with the added ability to competently tackle the corners when the road gets twisty.
For the truck lover who wants to ride in luxury — GMC Sierra Denali.
The GMC Sierra Denali is — at its core — a tough, rugged work truck designed to take a beating. However, the Sierra Denali is able to do more than that. It's a really a rolling office with power plugs, comfortable leather seats, room to stretch out and 4G LTE internet connectivity.
For the person who hates going to the gas station — the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a match made in heaven for the person in your life who simply hates the sight of a gas pump. According to Porsche, the Cayenne Hybrid is capable of achieving 47 MPGe, which means trips to the filling station will be far less frequent. In addition to great fuel economy, the Cayenne Hybrid also delivers Porsche performance. Porsche claims the SUV can hit 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 151 mph.
For the Bond fan in your life — Aston Martin Vanquish.
If you aspire to the lifestyle a certain well-know British spy, then the only car you'd ever be seen in is an Aston Martin. And not just any Aston Martin, but the company's flagship model, the Vanquish. The Vanquish is powered by a massive 6.0-liter V12 engine that generates one intoxicating rumble — which means you'll arrive in style, everyone will know it — and you'll be both shaken and stirred.
For the technophile in your life — the Acura NSX.
After a decade-long wait, Acura's second generation NSX supercar has finally arrived. The NSX has a futuristic look and is packed with technology. It's is powered by an advanced hybrid electric powertrain, which features three electric motors along with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The body of the car is constructed using a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber and high-strength steel.
For the environmentalist who wants to travel in luxury — The Lexus LS600h L.
Do you want a big luxury limo, but you don't want to harm the planet? Then the Lexus LS 600h L is what you seek. The LS is Lexus' flagship sedan and one of the finest luxury cruisers on the market today. But the "h" in the name means it's also a hybrid. Even though its 23mpg rating isn't exactly Prius-like, it's still pretty darn good for a 5,000-lb. boulevard cruiser.
For the person who wants Swedish wagon utility and sports sedan performance — Volvo V60 Polestar.
The Volvo station wagon was one of the most iconic, but boring, forms of family transport of the last 30 years. That ends with the V60 Polestar wagon. The V60 and its S60 Polestar sibling have been thoroughly modified by Volvo's Polestar performance racing division. The result is two of the most impressive performance sedan/wagons on the market to day. The 345 horsepower rating from the 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder engine may not sound overly impressive, but the way the engine delivers useful horsepower to the car's all-wheel-drive system is mindblowingly good.
For the person who's stuck in traffic ... a lot — the Tesla Model S P90D.
Stuck in traffic a lot? Tesla may have the answer to your problems in the form of the Model S P90D. Not only can it spring to 60 mph in a "ludicrous" 2.8 seconds, it's Autopilot function offers semi-autonomous driving capabilities on highways at high speed and in stop-and-go traffic.
For the hardcore supercar lover — Aston Martin Vulcan.
Looking for an unadulterated, track-ready, fire breathing supercar? Aston Martin's stunning Vulcan may be the car for you. It's powered by a 7.0-liter V12 engine which puts out more than 800 horsepower. Aston will make only 24 of these track-only supercars, and it will cost you a pretty penny to be one of the lucky few to own one.
For the first time driver — the Toyota Prius.
The Toyota Prius may not be the most exciting or attractive car money can buy. But it's incredibly fuel efficient and about as a reliable as a Toyota can get. Which is very, very, very reliable. The Prius is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ which means it's incredibly safe — making it perfect for first-time buyers.
For people who want an old school driving experience — The BMW M235i.
BMW has built some of the finest driver's cars in recent memory. However, in the past few years, its stalwart 3-Series has gotten larger, more powerful and much more expensive. But with the M235i, BMW has taken a step back towards the basics that made the brand great. The smaller and more affordable BMW sports car is a throwback to the 3-Series coupe of the late 1980s.
The high-performance M235i is powered by a 320 horsepower turbocharged inline-6 cylinder engine. According to BMW, the sports coupe can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
For the person who has a chauffeur — the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.
The Bentley Mulsanne Speed is one of the finest and most powerful sedans ever built. Underneath its long hood lives a massive 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. With 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque on tap, it's one beast of an motor. But the Mulsanne true claim to fame is its luxury rear cabin, which coddles its passengers in world-class luxury.
For the aspiring road racer in your life — the Mazda MX-5 Cup racer.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is arguably the greatest roadster ever built. It's lightweight, fun-to-drive and a world-class athlete in the corners. For those who aspire to take their spirited driving to the next level can opt for the track-ready MX-5 Cup racer and take on other weekend warriors on the track.
For the person who wants to moonlight as an Uber driver — the Lincoln Navigator.
The Lincoln Navigator has been a staple in the large luxury SUV market for more than a decade. Armed with EcoBoost turbocharged power, the latest Navigator tackles hire car duties with effortless style.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.