What would I buy right now? A Mustang, a Jeep and an electric Chevy
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.
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.
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.
The Chevy Volt is the only reasonably priced car on the market today that offers real electric-only driving without any concern of range anxiety thanks to the gasoline range extending engine. There are lots of pure electric vehicles on the market today but none of them would be able to handle my regular 100+ mile commute in all of the Detroit weather conditions but thanks to the range extending gasoline engine – it really doesn’t make any difference when the battery in the Volt is out of juice. If I don’t have time to charge it fully, it doesn’t matter. If I run into more driving than I expected and my daily driving range climbs into the 150 mile range, it doesn’t matter. The Volt has every situation covered while still being able to offer me pure electric driving around beautiful Milford.
The $40,000 price tag of the Chevy Volt raises some eyebrows but in my opinion, the Volt is the best of both worlds with pure electric driving of an EV and the endless range of a “normal” vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. On top of that, the Volt is subject to the $7,500 tax credit (effectively lowering the price of the car) while the ability to drive around town without using a drop of gas cuts down on money spent at the pump. Add to those capabilities the roomy, high tech interior and the sharp looking exterior of the Volt and I don’t believe there to be a better high efficiency vehicle on the market today for the money.