Those holiday car sales commercials with the big red car bows on them have us wondering, "Do people actually give cars as Christmas presents?" We guess the answer is yes, considering the fact that we've heard of such instances (though we've never seen the automotive gift giving in person).
For the lucky people who happen to be the recipients of such generosity, we say more power to ya. Of course, there are those who are truly worthy (military personnel, firefighters, police officers and any mother of twins), and in those cases, the gift of a brand new car isn't outlandish. So, with the holiday car deals going on right now, allow us to suggest our recommendations for the best gift cars in each segment, so you don't have to do any research whatsoever (we're that good).
Hatchback: Volkswagen Golf GTI
Coupe: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
You get supercar speed in a luxurious coupe that's also a great daily driver, along with scintillating handling and some of the sexiest lines in the business. How's 0-60 in 3.8 seconds from the 4.0-liter V8 twin turbo engine that spits out a serious 503 horses? Merry Christmas, indeed.
Sedan: Ford Fusion Sport
Ford takes its excellent family sedan and makes a sleeper out of it. The Fusion Sport not only gets the
Sports Car: 718 Porsche Cayman S
Goodbye flat-six engine, welcome turbocharged flat four with 350 angry horsepower and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. Believe it or not, it's better than it's ever been, and the 718 Cayman S with its perfectly placed mid engine, is a better buy than the venerable 911.
Convertible: Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
The Mazda Miata is easily the best convertible for the money thanks to its unflappable chassis, perfect steering and shifting, and incredible racing heritage. Now, it comes with a retractable
Wagon: Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon
We've always thought wagons were hot, but the new E400
Minivan: Chrysler Pacifica
Crossover: Mazda CX-9
It's easily our favorite crossover of the year, and pretty much because it does what most other three-row crossovers can do but also happens to drive like a sports car. The beautiful new sheet metal, the opulent
SUV: Dodge Durango
Our time in the Durango made us true believers in its utility, good
Truck: Nissan Titan XD
The Titan XD is, well, a Titan. Cummins Diesel power gives it 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque for whatever task is required of it--putting it smack dab
Hybrid/Electric: BMW 330e iPerformance
We didn't think we'd love it, but we do. 25 miles of all-electric range, brilliant adaptive abilities when