Carmakers will try to get as much money out of you as they can. Look at these overpriced rides and be amazed at how quickly they can raise a sticker price to the point of insanity.
10.) Mini Roadster JCW — $35,700
Starts at $35,700. That's already overpriced and that's before you some extras in there. At least you get a fun, well-finished and stylish car that will hold its value better than the competition.
9.) Mitsubishi Evo X MR — $38,195
Starts at $38,195. Yes, you get a car that can beat much more expensive machines around the track. Having said that, you also end up with a Mitsubishi Lancer for 40k...
8.) Hyundai Equus Ultimate — $68,000
Starts at $68,000. Some say it's good value. Brian, The Life of says it's not:
This Equus and Genesis are different cars but, yes, the Equus is a "pretender" on value. They tried to offer all the doodads you find on cars like the S-class but did so by cutting every possible corner. And it really shows.
7.) Toyota Land Cruiser — $78,555
Starts at $78,555. For that kind of money, this Toyota should be something special, but overall, it's just a very comforable, giant SUV.
6.) Smart Fortwo Passion — $14,890
Starts at $14,890. Might be easy to park, but half the car for twice the price?
5.) Porsche Boxster S — $62,100 before options ($100K+ after)
Starts at $62,100, which is somewhat fair. But since Porsche went crazy with the extras, you can easily push it up to 911 territory. It might be almost as fast, but it still shouldn't forget its place.
4.) Volvo C70 — $41,200
Starts at $41,200. It uses the Mazda3's platform, and the same roof mechanism as the old Ford Focus. So why is it $6,000 more than a VW EOS?
3.) Lincoln MKZ — $35,925
Starts at $35,925. Don't fool yourself, it's a Fusion. Which starts at $21,900...
2.) Cadillac Escalade — $63,745
Starts at $63,745. GMfishbowls knows why that's a bad deal:
Essentially built off of a modified Silverado/Sierra platform (which starts around $22K), the 'Slade starts around $63K (Although I'm sure the huge profits from tarted-up SUV's are used to balance out the probable low-profits from the lowly work trucks). While asking 63K + for a huge luxury vehicle is acceptable, viewing this from the perspective of its origins, and its technology relative to its competition, and the line of GM luxury SUV's are overpriced.
Not that there is anything wrong with asking $63K + when there are more than enough people willing to pay that.
Configuring a $90K Escalade is easier than you think. And crazier.
1.) Aston Martin Cygnet — $45,595
Starts at $49,595. This one is actually cool, because it belongs to Sir Stirling Moss. The rest of the Cygnets out there? Well, they're just overpriced Toyota iQs with leather trim.
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