In my new part-time job at an auto auction, I get a chance to drive dozens of new and used cars all the time. Some things I've found rather surprising: A Kia Soul is a pretty nice car. ANY Lexus drives like a hundred-thousand dollar car. With a few exceptions, BMW's are over-rated. But all the top-of-the-line German cars (Audi, BMW, M-B) are great cars. Incredible depreciation. They depreciate $40-60 thousand in 4 years. There are TOO MANY 4-door, monstrous pickup trucks on the road. And they are worthless. Bed's too small to do anything worthwhile with them. Horrible gas mileage. Honda Civic Si is one of the most enjoyable cars to drive. For most people (it appears), when the Check Engine light comes on, it's time to trade in the car. Volvo SUV's last forever.