Your high school reunion is coming up fast and you need something that radiates your success and excellent taste, but doesn’t make you look like you’re trying too hard. These are our ten picks.


10.) Audi A8

Unlike the (still lovely) Mercedes S-Class, an Audi A8 looks expensive but isn’t too ostentatious. Audi is really the master of understated luxury, and isn’t that just what you need at a high school reunion parking lot?

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9.) Volvo V60 R-Design

The V60 R-Design is the best choice for the one who has kids, but is too cool and stylish to blend in with a boring three-row crossover.

This tells everyone “I have kids but I haven’t given up yet.”

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8.) Mercedes-Benz SL (Pagoda)

Classic roadsters always make a statement, and the W113 “Pagoda” SL is probably the most elegant of them all. No matter who you are, this car will make you and your date (if applicable) look good.

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7.) Alfa Romeo 4C

It’s a crazy Italian sports car, but because it’s an Alfa Romeo no one will know what the hell they’re looking at. Ferraris and Lambos are great, but because of their name recognition people will think you’re trying too hard.

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An Alfa is an esoteric connoisseur’s choice. It’s beautiful and attention grabbing, but it won’t make people hate you.

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6.) BMW i8

If you want to be the center of attention, show up in a car that looks like it was beamed down from 20 years in the future.

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The i8 attracts a crowd and puts smiles on people’s faces wherever it goes, so if that’s your intention, here’s your car.

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5.) Classic Ford Mustang

A Classic ‘Stang will make you look like a refined badass, but doesn’t scream “hey look at me I made lots of money!”

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With the right colors and wheels, these things have a presence like nothing else.

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4.) Tesla Model S P85D

Here’s the thing about the P85D: it impresses everyone. Normal people recognize it as a luxurious status symbol, environmentalists love its electric powertrain, tech junkies love its forward thinking approach and elegant design, and gearheads will dig its performance.

Seems like a win, win, win, win to me. Everyone loves the D (sorry, had too).

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3.) Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

You’ll make a hell of an entrance (and exit) with a car that looks as good, and is as loud as an F-Type R Coupe.

More than any other car on sale today, an F-Type coupe says “you’ve arrived.”

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2.) Baja Bug

Most of the other cars on this list are luxurious, sporty, and understated. A Baja Bug is none of those things, so why am I including it on the list?

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Because a Baja Bug is a wonderful, classless joy-machine that will make everyone happy. Fact: it is impossible to hate a Baja Bug.

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1.) Citroën SM

If a more elegant, classy, understated car has ever been made I haven’t heard of it. Forget high school reunions — if you need to make a statement anywhere, a Citroën SM is the car to do it in.

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With an SM, everyone else looks like they’re trying too hard, no matter what they’re driving. You will arrive in peerless style — just as long as the car actually makes it there.

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