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  • Apr 30, 2006

As Esquire magazine appears to have forgotten to post its "10 Most Awesome Autos" feature from its May issue online, Terry Box at the Dallas Morning News has been kind enough to accommodate list fanatics. The men's magazine actually made a pretty good show of picking its 10 favorite cars under $50,000. No defining criteria other than price and editorial opinion appears to have been employed, so take these for whatever they're worth. In no particular order and without further delay, the envelope, please ...

  • Lotus Elise ($42,990):
  • Chevrolet Corvette ($44,490)
  • Mazda 6 ($19,670)
  • Infiniti G35 coupe ($33,200)
  • Ford F-150 ($19,640 to $37,005)
  • Audi A3 3.2 DSG ($34,700)
  • Subaru Legacy GT ($28,795)
  • BMW 3-Series ($30,900 to $44,900)
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution ($29,149)
  • Chrysler 300C SRT8 ($42,695)

 So, did Esquire get it right, or is it missing something? 

[Sources: Dallas Morning News; Esquire; Lotus]



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      K Phillip
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey I'm not saying the Mustang is garbage, in fact, if I could own 5 cars the Mustang GT would be one of them. This car has potential to make 1000 HP with the right tuning and now with its new suspension setup is an absolute monster on the track. It's notorious for make'n Vettes on the strip suck its fumes. Like I said I'm a fan of the VQ engine (Z & G35) but, honestly and sadly, the Mustang will tear you up on the strip, but on the track its an even match.
      Jim Smith
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Mustang is awesome, as are the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Stop the bias against good American iron.
      • 8 Years Ago
      you guys are making me weep with all your ghey mustangs. please. stop riding g. dubya's cock for a minute and watch an sti ehffing OWN a mustang.
      Craig
      • 8 Years Ago
      How can a 4 banger be sexy? EVER??? Any car that doesn't have at least a V-8 belongs with the girlies. BMW? Mazda? Mitsu? If a woman "really" likes you car, it's a "chick" car. Mustang, Changer, Porche, Vett, now THOSE are guy cars.

      bring back the mullets -- where is the 325 HP camero?
      Matt the Mustang eater
      This message is specifically addressed to Bill (the expert in Blue Oval "crap"): My 4 cylinder (non-turbo) Legacy WAGON whips 6 cylinder Mustangs all the time! As others have mentioned the quality is great (didn't that used to be Ford's #1 job?) and the recent safety best pick just solidifies what a great car the Legacy is for the money. Throw in the turbo (GT model) on the sedan or wagon and look out MazdaSPEED 6, Camry and Accord 'cause this car does not have a peer in the $30,000 price range and only the Mazda is even offered with full time All-Wheel drive but for much more money. All in all I would NOT trade my '05 Subaru for any of the others on the list.
      jaja
      • 8 Years Ago
      No M5? Shoulda renamed this the best cars under 50G!
      John
      • 8 Years Ago
      I found a Elise in a cracker jack box. If they could bump up the hp in this thing it would be cool. Corvettes are always cool never beat one yet. Mazda 6? i dont think soo. G35 over priced and slow. F150? buy a real truck. audi A3 chick car. Subaru? save your money for an sti. My bmw m3 work out quite well with a supercharger kit on it 450 hp to the rear wheels. Evos are hard to beat 0-60 but loose there oomph at about 90.THe c300 is a wanna be Bently but it is pretty cool to drive. As for all you mustang fans the will always be chick cars slow and heavy.
      K Phillip
      • 8 Years Ago
      Travis, this is a list of cars with the best potential of several classes that fits in the price range of $60,000 and under that men love. The Mazda 6 was one of their screwups. Its not the fastest FF sedan nor the best handling, it just has nice leather and that's it. I agree with you on everybody owning Camry's and Accord's but it still a shame for them to put that on there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First mustangs are on the girls list,mazda 6 no! 350z instead of g35, lancer,and subaru no way, f150 0k but add the denali...the elaise is ok on top (ugly) the corvette is a hotter looking car.....
      k johnson
      • 8 Years Ago
      no mustang huh. just remember mod for mod you four door lancer might be fast, but just think of what a gt mustang with a turbo can do.just like the import aftermarket is huge, the domestic one started it all. mod for mod stangs are still fast !!!
      Richard
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's a pretty decent list although I'd scrap the suburu replacing it with the Mustang and substitute the 3 series BMW for the 5 series or even the Mercedes 3 series
      Miranda
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hello!! What about the Hummer?!
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