I have a 2013 Toyota Avalon, brand new, 6,000 miles on it so far. I’ve had it for about 9 months, and I love it. You’d think with that big of a sedan it wouldn’t have much power but the V6, 268 hp does. (clocked in around 6.8 seconds 0-60 mph). I’m 19 years old and I go to college, and I don’t always get jealous of the cars people drive (hell I had a 1990 Camry before the Avalon), but I see teens my age driving the Mustang, Challenger, and the other sports cars. Of course I’d be the first to challenge them any day in my car, but I just feel like I’m missing something. I lost that 1990 Camry in a horrible accident which was the other person’s fault, but regardless I was still without a car. Both of my parents have Toyotas (Highlander and Tundra) and I was pretty much forced into buying a Toyota. Don’t get me wrong I love Toyota but it really narrowed down what I wanted. Toyota doesn’t make any “cool teenage cars” (not yet at least). So I wanted to get a Ford Mustang, but my parents didn’t want to pay extra on insurance.
I don’t want to sound like I was forced into buying the car and now I’m regretting it, because I’m not, but a conversation came up the other day with my Mom and I asked her if I traded in my Avalon for a sports car would she and my dad consider letting me do so. They both hate Fords due to prior experience so I knew those were out of the question. But I was looking at the Dodge Charger (either '14 or '15) and they’re around the same price as my Avalon was. According to Kelley Blue Book which I heard everyone uses, my Avalon as of right now would be priced around $27,000. I paid 30,000 for mine so it’s not too far off.
Of course it comes down to price but what are some of the advantages of buying a Charger? I live in Massachusetts and we get tons of snow up here but I don’t want to sacrifice style for snow-safety (yes I just threw my safety out the window, no pun-intended). Also is the Charger considered a sports car? I know the first thing my parents will retaliate with is if insurance goes up. If that’s the case I do have a job and I could possibly ask if I can pay for some of it. I guess the real challenge is to find ways to convince them to let me switch over. My parents act as if the only reliable car company out there is Toyota, which I guess is true in some cases but they don’t have much of a selection. And if anyone has other suggestions of sports cars within the price range of a Charger ($25,000-35,000) but much more reliable please feel free to put your two sense in.