2003 Volvo V70 - T5 M FWD
Pros: The perfect all-around car for people who live in the Real World
Cons: It's perfect -- but does it have to cost that much? Geez!
Advice: Forget ego cars--does your family deserve anything less?Volvos just keep getting better and better, and this newest V70 may just be the best yet. All-day comfortable seats, great sound system, lots of room for everybody and their gear, good power, better brakes, handling that shames lesser (read: Axis) cars, and a stealth factor that will keep you out of trouble--unless you do something massively stupid, the cops won't even notice you. And if you really do something stupid and have an accident, the car will save your life for you. Everything is laid out perfectly, with all controls (save the sunroof and windows) within a hand's breadth of the wheel, as it should be. Even the nav system is safety-minded, popping up out of the dash in line with the road so you don't have to look down to see where you will be going next. I'd pass on the normally aspirated 2.4 liter engine, as its power is just adequate. The low-pressure turbo is quite impressive, and is almost as fast as the full-on T-5 model in around-town driving. Where the T-5 really shines is on the highway, with passing power and top end to spare. And now, we get the 'R' model, which has 300 HP, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, and a semi-active suspension that can be set anywhere from 'parade float' to 'Laguna Seca Raceway'. I had a chance to drive this one, and was completely blown away. You want this car. Me, I plan to buy one ASAP. If you're smart, you will, too.