While there are many cars on the market right now that are overpriced and fall short of expectations, there are just as many that are tragically underappreciated. These are cars, trucks, and SUVs that owners would adore if only more people would choose to purchase them.
Unfortunately, many of the best cars available today go unnoticed. This may be due to a lack of marketing, a poorly chosen price point, or a lack of sex appeal. It’s unfortunate because if people only knew about them, there are many cars out there that they would be happy to own for years of trouble-free driving. Here are a few underrated American cars.
Before becoming a trim level for the full-size Invicta, the Wildcat brand was employed throughout Buick’s history for a variety of vehicles, including two separate concept cars. But it was separated into its own model in 1963.
The Wildcat, which came in two-door and four-door versions, was a fantastic muscle car. It was sold from 1963 to 1970, and in contrast to some other Buick and GM vehicles of the era, it was exclusively offered with V8 powertrains, the most potent of which produced an incredible (for the time) 360 hp. Furthermore, because Wildcats are so uncommon, they can be found for very little money.
Three totally different generations of the Marauder have come and gone, but they all share one trait: a subdued, almost evil attitude toward authority. The third generation debuted with an engine that was almost identical to a 2003 Mach 1 Mustang, while the first and second models offered available 427 cid and 429 cid V8s.
One of the coolest cars to drive, honestly.
Unquestionably the sleekest, lightest, and most technologically advanced Mustang ever produced, the SVO made its debut in 1986. Because it was so much fun to drive and offered a quick rush of pure adrenaline, the Mustang SVO period is one that many people who lived through it recall with nostalgia. With more robust steering, four-wheel disc brakes, Koni adjustable shocks, and better weight distribution, it was the most excellent performing and handling Mustang at the time.
Because we frequently interact with the 442 as a muscle car in our daily lives, there was some dispute regarding whether this should have been included. They are not as apparent as they should be, though, when one looks around at other collections. This dominant Oldsmobile was propelled by a massive V8 engine with a four-speed transmission, dual exhaust, and a four-barrel carburetor (4-4-2).
By the middle of the 1990s, the B-body Chevy Caprice was a dated blob, but the Impala SS moniker kept it from being a dud. One of the best all-around drivers on this list can be created by fitting a powerful Corvette 5.7L engine into a full-size car, lowering the ride height, and adding some respectable tires. Since a T56 manual can be installed quickly and there are many other improvements available, your leather-covered comfortable cruiser can be converted into a great stealth driver’s vehicle on the cheap.
Rear-wheel drive, large performance wheels and tires, a ZF six-speed manual transmission, and one of the most recognizable brands in the industry can all be purchased for a reasonable price. The best 1992–96 Corvettes, which are those without a ZR1 badge and belong to the C4 generation, cost between 8–10 grand for those in #3 conditions and the mid-teens for those in #2 conditions. Later convertibles can occasionally be found for over $20, although nice C4s typically sell for under $5,000.