The roads of the US are packed with mild-mannered sedans and pickup trucks. They may be the most popular rides for your average Joe driver, but not among young car enthusiasts. We’re highlighting some of the most beloved cars you’ll find in the US belonging to 20-something and 30-something-year-old petrolheads.
1. Nissan 240SX
The 10 year run from 1989 to ‘99 of these S-chassis beasts only left America with a limited number of 240SXs. Many would suffer at the hands of dimwitted teens with more money than skill. The remaining models would be kept by car enthusiasts, drifters and old folk who never really knew what they had. Finding a stock-ish 240SX is nearly impossible since they’re highly sought after and so welcome to mods. So, why do we like it so much? The low cost to buy, low cost of parts, RWD, light weight (especially after it’s been gutted) and good weight distribution are all pretty appealing.
2. BMW M3
All generations of M3s deliver loads of power from luxurious cockpits, which suits a large range of young professionals and graduates. Older professionals can appreciate the M3 as well, but you are likely to see an E30 or E36 with a younger driver at a show or a meet. These older M3s never go out of style, and under the proper care, can still outrun modern sports cars. A powerful engine and excellent handling let M3 drivers cruise casually through traffic or aggressively on the track.
3. Nissan 350Z
For sports car enthusiasts young and old, the 350Z strikes the perfect chord. The Z offers power with RWD, a six-speed manual transmission and incredible road handling. Its intense performance is contrasted by a smooth body that makes the car look as if it glides over the highways and grips effortlessly through corners. You’ll come across 350Zs from tame to wild at motorsports events, tuner shows and local meets all over the US.
4. Ford Mustang
Whether you want to see it or not, there is a Mustang at nearly every car event. Old, new, junk, built, stock…there are so many to choose from, and a used Mustang for sale around every corner. This has been a crowd favourite for over 50 years, and its presence won’t ever fade. The availability of parts and a world of know-how from other Mustang owners lures the next generation of Mustang drivers.
5. Subaru Impreza WRX STi
You already know it’s a Subaru before it pulls up to a local meet, and the WRX STi will demand attention when it arrives. It’s a favourite in America for being fast, sporty and fun to drive. The powerful engine, excellent handling and AWD give a driving experience that is true to its rally heritage. The WRX STi requires above-average mechanical sense to stay well-maintained, and not all DIY home mechanics can keep up. That’s why seeing one in great condition demands respect at car meets.