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15 Cars Men Buy When They Hit 40 (And Hate Their Lives)

15 Cars Men Buy When They Hit 40 (And Hate Their Lives)

Everyone has a midlife crisis, which is probably why everyone loves to joke about them. Men have their midlife crisis in their 40’s, which is usually around the time that they’re daydreaming about what their life could have been. A midlife crisis strikes when a man becomes bored with his day to day and realizes that his brief time on Earth is coming to an end. Maybe a childhood friend passed away from a heart attack, maybe he’s become frustrated with his dead-end job, or maybe he just needs to bring some excitement into his life. A midlife crisis is inevitable and most men deal them in the same way.

To start, a man having a midlife crisis is bound to buy the car he’s always dreamed of owning. This car could be the one he spent his childhood dreaming about owning, drove as a teenager, or a nicer version of the car his neighbour drives. Regardless of the reason, midlife crisis cars are usually out of a man’s price range and are almost entirely bought because he wants to show off how cool he is. Suddenly, a man is embedded in the world of car culture and may even find himself making friends because of your sweet new ride. People will tell him how great his new car is and ask him questions about his experience driving it. For a moment, he’ll have a sense of importance that he has never experienced before.

To be honest, spending money on a luxurious car is the best way that a man can deal with his midlife crisis. Some guys start rebelling against the law, cheat on their wives, or try to achieve athletic feats that will send them to the hospital. If your husband or dad comes home with one of these rides, try not to make fun of him. He’s just trying to add some excitement to his otherwise monotonous life. Give the guy a break — there are worse things he could be doing.

15. Ford Mustang — $29,000


The Ford Mustang is a piece of American history. Even non-car enthusiasts can spot a Ford Mustang when it cruises by on the road beside them. In addition to being iconic, Mustang’s aren’t actually that expensive when compared to the other cars on the list. They’re the type of car that a man having a midlife crisis buys if he’s trying to stay on budget. You don’t buy a Mustang because it’s the flashiest car on the market — you buy it because everyone loves Mustang’s.

Fitted with all of the latest dashboard technology, this may be the best year to buy a Mustang. The touchscreen makes controlling all of your features easy, even for the most technologically impaired man. And the voice-activated technology make showing off your features that much easier. Furthermore, is there a better car to scream, “I want to relive high school”?

14. Mercedes-Benz C Class — $43,000


You might not think of a sedan as a car a man buys during a midlife crisis, but you’d be surprised. Sedan’s are incredibly spacious, which is an absolute necessity for any dad. It might not be the flashiest car on this list, but the C-Class lives up to the reputation that Mercedes-Benz has for making luxury cars. Not only are you going to enjoy the most comfortable ride of your life, you’re going to feel like you’re sitting in a limousine because of how much space you’ll have.

The reason that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is included in this list is because it’s the type of car for a family man going through a midlife crisis. It’s like he’ll want to buy a flashy car, but can’t justify spending money on a sports car because it would be too impractical. Having to bargain with his wife to buy a new car, the couple settles on the C-Class because it’s a luxurious family car.

13. Audi A5 Sportback — $61,000


Designed to resemble a sports car but not an in-your-face kind of way, the Audi A5 Sportback is one of the most successful four-door coupe designs ever made. It’s not just a pretty model, either. You can load your car with just about every feature you can think of. Cruise control, three-zone climate control, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry and start, heated power folding mirrors, electric front seats, leather interior and steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, but most impressive is Audi’s 12.3-inch digital dashboard called Virtual Cockpit.

The Virtual Cockpit tells you your speed, fuel gauge, time, outside temperature, and gives you a map to look at to help guide you through the city. It’s like having Google Earth guide you through unknown territory. It’s incredible. It’s not entirely practical — but it’s one of those features you want to show off when you’re at the end of your rope.

12. Chevy Corvette Grand Sport — $64,000


The Corvette is one of those classic cool cars that every guy wants to own. Even the name sounds cool. Say it out loud right now. You’ll feel cooler for doing it.

Originally created to dominate the race track in 1963, the Corvette Grand Sport sacrificed safety features for lightweight materials built around a V-8 engine.The latest Corvette Grand Sport model is fitted with a 460 V-8 Horsepower engine which basically means it sounds sexy and goes fast. The car can go from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds which, while it can be topped, is an impressive feat.

One of the coolest features of the Corvette Grand Sport is the performance data recorder. A good chunk of men that buy luxury cars treat their new ride like a new baby. They wouldn’t dare hand over the keys to someone that they didn’t trust. With the Performance Data Recorder, not only can you review video of your own driving sessions (with data that looks like something you’d see in a video game) but you can enable Valet Mode, which captures video and data while someone else is driving your car!

11. Ford F-150 Raptor — $69,899


Whenever you see a guy driving a big truck, all you can do is assume that he’s overcompensating for something. Whether he’s lifted his truck a few extra feet, mounted antlers on the front, or has a pair of truck nuts dangling at the back, nothing says midlife crisis like a man randomly buying a truck.

Of course, there are practical purposes for trucks. If you love off roading or need your truck for work, then by all means by a truck guilt free. But if you’re working a white collar job and out of the blue decide to buy your first pick up truck, expect to get teased for having a midlife crisis.

While the Ford F150 is a decent truck, it just happens to be the most well known truck on the market. It’s more or less the go-to truck for people that don’t know what to look for. It’s a massive vehicle that you can customize — what more does a midlife crisis man need?

10. Dodge Challenger Hellcat — $76,000


The Dodge Challenger is one of those cars that you can recognize right away. The car is absolutely massive and features signature headlights and taillights. You spot the headlights of a Challenger from a mile away. It’s these little things into cars that make them stand out from every other muscle car on the market. The exterior design of the Challenger was done by the same guy that designed the exterior of the Dodge Charger, which is why the two cars have looked so similar for years. Despite struggling upon release, the Dodge Challenger has stood the test of time. Today, the Dodge Challenger is on its fourth generation and still impresses people to this day.

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of the widest bodied editions of the car. Pictures really don’t the Challenger justice because these cars are incredibly spacious. There’s a good reason that the Dodge Challenger is becoming America’s favourite muscle car. At an affordable price, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat makes the perfect midlife crisis car. The car is massive, noisy, and instantly recognizable on the street.

9. Porsche 718 — $78,000


Porsche has been creating iconic European cars since 1931. Though it operates as a subsidiary of Volkswagen, Porsche does a fantastic job of separating itself from its parent company. These luxurious cars are bound to make you feel like James Bond every time you drive around in it — whether you’re wearing a suit or not.

Originally, the Porsche 718 was used a racing car between 1957 and 1962. If you try to picture a retro race car in your head, you’re probably thinking of the 718. During its debut, the car failed to finish after the driver crashed it, taking it out of the race completely. When the Porsche 718 did finish a race, it performed well. The 718 is considered one of the most adaptable designed sports cars, because of how many different formula races it has competed in and how it has adapted to meet regulation changes.

Today, the Porsche 718 comes in a few different models,While the Cayman is around $15,000 cheaper, the Boxster model is by far more popular. The cars are pretty much the same when it comes to performance, the Cayman is considered the newer version of the Boxster, having only launched in 2006 and originally evolving from second and third generation Boxsters.

8. Lexus LC 500 — $101,600


Lexus, Toyota’s luxury car company, has been pumping out luxury vehicles since 1989. In such a short time, Lexus has become a respectable household name. Though you won’t find the LC 500 in any video games, this hybrid will give you one of the smoothest cruises of your life. People poke fun at hybrid’s because their engines don’t disturb quiet neighborhoods and being environmentally conscious is considered lame.

Men having midlife crisis come in all shapes and sizes, caring about all sorts of different features in their car. Believe it or not, not every man loves the look of traditional sports cars. Some men boost their testosterone levels by driving a spacious Lexus, all while protecting the environment. Though the overall performance is nothing to write home about, the V-8 engine propels this hybrid to a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/hr) and 471 horsepower.

This car is perfect for the midlife crisis man that is looking to flash his cash with a company known for putting luxury first, with performance coming a close second.

7. Maserati GranTurismo — $152,000


While the GranTurismo itself isn’t the fastest, or fit with the best engine, and it doesn’t have the best handling but man does it turn heads. Stepping out of this two-door coupe would make anyone feel like James Bond. You won’t find too many of these cars cruising around in North America, but they are one of the go-to flash cars in Europe.

Making a debut back in 2007, the GranTurismo is more or less a throwback to classic Masserati’s. There have been some hiccups with the design over the years, but the most recent version of the GranTurismo is definitely the best. The bumpers at both ends of the vehicle are designed to lower the drag on the vehicle, so that it can reach at least 185 mph (300km/hr). With 454 horsepower from a V-8 engine, who knows how fast you can get this car to go when nobody is around to stop you.

6. Dodge Viper ACR — $159,000


Introduced in 1992, the Viper was Dodge’s attempt to make a luxury muscle car and man, what a way to make a debut. Fitted with a 8.4L v-10 all-aluminum engine, the Viper has 645 horsepower and 600 lb of torque — more torque than any other naturally aspirated engine available. What does that mean? Not a clue. It sounds impressive, though. The Viper allows you to feel the power of your vehicle as you accelerate. And, for someone who feels like they have lost the power to control their own life, this car is perfect for a man having a midlife crisis.

What the Viper lacks in safety features, it makes up for overall appearance. To help reduce the weight of the car, the hood, roof, and deck lid are built from carbon fiber. The doors are made from aluminum which reduces the weight even more. In addition to looking like a sports car externally, internally, the car is equipped with Laguna leather Sabelt racing seats to make the driver feel even cooler.

5. Acura NSX — $189,000


You probably don’t think of Acura as a luxury car company, but they have a few amazing models. As any gear head will tell you, the Acura NSX is a technical feat. As one of the only all-wheel-drive hybrid cars, the NSX combines two turbochargers, three electric motors, six cylinders, and nine forward gears to produce of the smoothest drives you’ll ever experience. The NSX is proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have one of the best cars on the market. By sacrificing performance, the NSX is one of the most cost-effective supercars on this list. The V-6 engine isn’t anything to scoff at, but it won’t turn heads when you drive down the road. However, the design of the car will do that for you.

Dedicating a small fortune to the development of a hybrid car is a progressive move for car companies. More and more manufacturers are creating hybrid models to appease environmentalists, and to be honest, that’s just where the technology is heading.

4. McLaren 570S — $219,000


The McLaren 570S is a car that turn heads Hell, all McLaren’s have that effect on people, but the 570S is something special. With 562 horsepower, the car has a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/hr) and can go from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Even if the 570S was one of the slowest cars on this list, the look alone is enough to make jaws drop when you drive by. This is the type of car that people pose when they see it on the street.

There are two models of the McLaren 570. The 570S Spider, like the one you see in the photo above, is one of the sportiest cars that McLaren has to offer. Unfortunately, you can feel the effects of McLaren’s sporty design when you drive over uneven road surfaces. The other McLaren 570 is the 570GT, designed for long-distance driving comfort, and doesn’t suffer from the same handling problems as the 570S.

You may think that McLaren’s are completely unaffordable, but the 570S and 570GT aren’t entirely unattainable for a man going through a midlife crisis. Yes, this car is expensive but when compared to other McLaren’s, 570’s cost pennies.

3. Lamborghini Huracán — $279,000


Every man dreams of owning a Lamborghini one day. The Lamborghini look is instantly recognizable. Whenever I spot a Lamborghini driving down the street, I just get excited. I can’t explain the feeling of getting excited about seeing a car I will never own or drive.

Many Lamborghini’s in the past have been praised for their design and the Huracán is no exception. The supercar debuted at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show and was instantly acclaimed. The car, which can go from 0-60 mph in 60 seconds, was named “The Supercar of the Year 2014” by car magazine Top Gear. You won’t find a person this planet that hates the Lamborghini Huracán.

Lamborghini’s seem to be more popular among the millennial generation. So while you may not see a man going through a midlife crisis driving one now, give it a couple years. Once the guys that played Need For Speed grow up, you’re going to see Lambo’s everywhere.

2. Ferrari 488 —$301,000


The Ferrari 488 was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. It wasn’t long after being unveiled that the car was named “The Supercar of the Year 2015” by Top Gear. Much like Lamborghini’s, Ferrari creates some of the most iconic Supercars on the planet. It seems that the rivalry between these two companies is leading to the creation of some of the best cars and car technology.

The 488 was released to replace the 458, which made it’s debut back in 2009. While you can tell that the cars are related, the 458 looks so dull in design compared to the 488. The 488 has so many more curves built into the body. Though Ferrari is a well known car company, you won’t find too many of them cruising around North America. This is probably due to the insanely high price point on Ferrari’s — but don’t let that stop you from buying one during your midlife crisis.

1. Ford GT — $453,000


Originally, the Ford GT was introduced in 2004 and was only produced for two years before the model was removed from the market. In 2016, Ford reintroduced the GT model as an homage to their classic supercar, the GT40. Originally priced at $134,000, the Ford GT began selling for much more than the recommended retail price. This increases price point is due to the fact that during the car’s original run, only 4038 were ever made.

The GT is literally a race car. You could find it on numerous different racetracks in 2016, and can still find it on racetracks to this day. With a top speed of 205 mph (230 km/hr), the GT can go from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It’s not the fastest car on this list, but it’s one of the slickest. The car looks like a sports car version of the Batmobile.


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