The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

What would I buy right now? A Mustang, a Jeep and an electric Chevy

If I were shopping for a new vehicle right now, there are three very different vehicles that would be my first choices in our three categories would be the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt and the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

When we looked at which vehicles we would buy right now – which seems to be a question that nearly everyone who knows what we do asks each of us – we thought that it would be best to pick one vehicle in three different classes. These were to be vehicles that we would be willing to pay for and that we could use on a daily basis. Mind you, this doesn’t mean that each of these vehicles would be my only vehicle but this short list has three vehicles that I regard as being the best at doing what they do and fitting the best into my life.

Every day “normal” daily driver
There are so many cars that I have driven and loved that it is hard for me to pick just one car currently in showrooms that I would buy for daily driver duties but for my money – the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 would be my first choice for a daily driver. During my 18 years of legal driving, I have relied on a high performance, 2-door coupe as a daily driver so for my small family, the Boss 302 would fit my needs. Ive been fortunate enough to have a Boss as a test car and I know that even with the smallish interior of the 2013 Mustang, the mighty Boss fits my needs and my family.

Why the Boss? Well, in my opinion, the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is the ultimate illustration of the American muscle car with a touch of track tuning efforts making this car a total blast to drive without killing the Boss’s ability to serve as a daily driver. The Boss has a starting price of $42,995 so it is one of the more expensive fixed roof models in the Mustang lineup but the items that separate the Boss 302 from the Mustang GT are well worth the added cost. First of all, the 302 cubic inch V8 under the hood offers 24 more horsepower in the Boss 302 than in the Mustang GT and that power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission fitted with a short throw shifter and a high performance clutch. Add to those items that unique track tuned Boss suspension, the lightweight Boss wheels, high performance Brembo brakes and Pirelli PZero high performance rubber and you have what Ford has called the best handling Mustang ever. When you factor in the beautifully loud Boss 302 exhaust and you have a car that satisfies the senses in almost every way. This is a car that can very comfortably be driven day in and day out without any problem while the high performance components and the Recaro race bucket seats make the Boss 302 just as comfortable on a road course or drag strip as it is on Detroit’s I75 or Woodward Avenue.

In my opinion, the 2013 Boss 302 is the ultimate modern American muscle car (excluding the likes of the Shelby GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 with their $60k price tags) with a comfortable interior setting and a perfect combination of daily drivability and track readiness. Those who are fortunate enough to have a Boss 302 as a daily driver have one of the most entertaining DDs out there.

High Efficiency Model
While I am not a “green car guy” and I would rather foot the gasoline bill for a 15mpg Ram 1500 than drive a far less power/more efficient vehicle, I can appreciate the desire by many to drive a highly efficient vehicle. This segment is booming right now with everything from mild hybrids to full on electric vehicles but for my money, I would chose the current alternative power vehicle – the Chevrolet Volt.


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Nice choices, Patrick. Although I don't think the word "roomy" can be used in conjunction with the Volt. :)