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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

Defining an automobile as “Cool” is actually more difficult then you may think as tastes vary greatly amongst the automotive populous. For instance, some may consider cars like the Ferrari California to be a cool car, where others, like me, think it’s actually quite hideous looking and should be reserved for trophy wives with pocket dogs. Other cars like the Mazda Miata or Mini Cooper fall squarely into one of two camps, meaning you either love them, or you can’t stand them. What you have to look at though before you make your decisions are the fundamental elements that make up a car before you decide whether its good or bad. Take the aforementioned Mazda Miata for example. In my book there is simply no better sports car out there for the money. The Miata is small, light, handles like a rock star and is oodles of fun to drive at the limit. It also provides loads of open air fun if the mood strikes you.

Some people dismiss the Miata because they say it’s not manly enough or it’s two small. This is generally said by the unfortunate souls who have never driven one. Another example would be the new 2011 Ford Mustang V6. I’ve had friends say that they’d never buy the V6 model because you’d always be in the GT’s shadow. Now while that may be true to an extent, I see absolutely nothing wrong with 305 hp, 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and 31 mpg on the hwy. Hell, these are Mustang GT numbers from just 2 years ago. Listed below are a few cars that are constantly involved in a balancing act between being thought of as “cool” or “uncool”. Make sure to chime into the comments section and let us know what you think.

• 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: 556 hp / 550 lb-ft of torque : Price $68,000
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

• 2011 Mazda Miata: 167 hp / 140 lb-ft of torque : Price $23,110
2011 Mazda Miata

• 2011 Mini Cooper S: 181 hp / 177 lb-ft of torque : Price $24,300
2011 Mini Cooper S
*Photo Credit: Car & Driver

• 2011 Porsche Boxster: 255 hp / 214 lb-ft of torque : Price $48,000
2011 Porsche Boxster

• 2011 Audi TT: 211 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque : Price $39,650
2011 Audi TT Coupe

• 2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6: 312 hp / 278 lb-ft of torque : Price $22,680
2011 Chevrolet Camaro

• 2011 Ferrari California: 460 hp / 358 lb-ft of torque : Price $192,000
2011 Ferrari California

• 2011 Nissan 370Z: 332 hp / 270 lb-ft of torque : Price $30,610
2011 Nissan 370Z

• 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid: 122 hp / 128 lb-ft of torque : Price $20,095
2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

• 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 265 hp / 262 lb-ft of torque : Price $30,168
2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

• 2011 Fiat 500: 101 hp / 98 lb-ft of torque : Price $15,500
2011 Fiat 500

• 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Base: 430 hp / 424 lb-ft of torque : Price $48,950
2011 Chevrolet Corvette

• 2011 Ford Mustang V6: 305 hp / 280 lb-ft of torque : Price $23,200
2011 Ford Mustang V6

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7 Responses

  1. Jean Amaral says:

    I’m down with the list, except for Honda’s CR-Z and Fiat’s 500

  2. SNAK3 says:

    • 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: 556 hp / 550 lb-ft of torque : Price $68,000
    Beautiful, but the taillights make me want to stab my own eyes out

    • 2011 Mazda Miata: 167 hp / 140 lb-ft of torque : Price $23,110
    This is a debacle, its a cool looking little car, but people that don’t know its capabilities on the track assume you removed your penis and inserted a vagina. I think it would be fun to have.

    • 2011 Mini Cooper S: 181 hp / 177 lb-ft of torque : Price $24,300
    Decent looking car, wouldn’t drive one though. To small for me.

    • 2011 Porsche Boxster: 255 hp / 214 lb-ft of torque : Price $48,000
    Poor mans Porsche. Really bland looking for any car let alone a Porsche. Would not buy.

    • 2011 Audi TT: 211 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque : Price $39,650
    Sexy little car that is comfortable for its size. There are many other things I would buy for that price due to its lack of power, knock $5-10k off the price and they won’t be able to keep them in stock.

    • 2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6: 312 hp / 278 lb-ft of torque : Price $22,680
    Not a bad looking car when in higher trim levels, looks like ass in the lower levels. Would not buy on the sole fact I like to be able to see around my car when driving, the convertible that is coming out will help with that fact.

    • 2011 Ferrari California: 460 hp / 358 lb-ft of torque : Price $192,000
    Sexy car. Would like one if I was ridiculously rich, but in a more masculine looking color.

    • 2011 Nissan 370Z: 332 hp / 270 lb-ft of torque : Price $30,610
    Love the car, no complaints off the top of my head.

    • 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid: 122 hp / 128 lb-ft of torque : Price $20,095
    Would be a fun little car to have, not bad looking, but for the same price I would rather get something with more power and better mileage.

    • 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 265 hp / 262 lb-ft of torque : Price $30,168
    Chick car.

    • 2011 Fiat 500: 101 hp / 98 lb-ft of torque : Price $15,500
    Would have this over a smart car.

    • 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Base: 430 hp / 424 lb-ft of torque : Price $48,950
    Good looking car, wouldn’t buy unless a Grand Sport, ZO6, or ZR1.

    • 2011 Ford Mustang V6: 305 hp / 280 lb-ft of torque : Price $23,200
    Love it from a performance stand point, but friends would claim I lack a Y chromosome if I bought a v6. Also needs bigger wheels and moar lowerz.

  3. Canrith says:

    2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: Cool, in a family friendly wrapper.

    2011 Mazda Miata: Cool. After seeing one with an LS1 crammed under the hood, I am always wondering about these small cars.

    2011 Mini Cooper S: Cool. I know a few people who swear by them.

    2011 Porsche Boxster: Not. I apologize to anyone who owns this car and cares about it, but most just use it as a status symbol.

    2011 Audi TT: Not. Please see above.

    2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6: On the fence. Love the car. It’s drivers…a different story in most cases.

    2011 Ferrari California: Not. Take Italian stallion, geld.

    2011 Nissan 370Z: Cool. Lots of fun for the price.

    2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid: Not. I just can’t find a way to see it as cool.

    2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: Cool. Scored on looks alone.

    2011 Fiat 500: Cool. Not my thing, but like the mini, to many people like them to be considered otherwise.

    2011 Chevrolet Corvette Base: Cool. Corvettes have been, and will always be timelessly cool.

    2011 Ford Mustang V6: See Camaro.

  4. 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: 556 hp / 550 lb-ft of torque : Price $68,000
    Not my style, cool for a guy though I guess

    • 2011 Mazda Miata: 167 hp / 140 lb-ft of torque : Price $23,110
    Too small and inexpensive… too girly even for a girl

    • 2011 Mini Cooper S: 181 hp / 177 lb-ft of torque : Price $24,300
    Too small looking almost like a toy. Not cool or cute.

    • 2011 Porsche Boxster: 255 hp / 214 lb-ft of torque : Price $48,000
    Prefer the other trim levels Porsche like 911

    • 2011 Audi TT: 211 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque : Price $39,650
    Audi’s are nice, This one is Cool

    • 2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6: 312 hp / 278 lb-ft of torque : Price $22,680
    Camaro’s are just not my style

    • 2011 Ferrari California: 460 hp / 358 lb-ft of torque : Price $192,000
    Susre. Anything with a Ferrari sign/emblem works for me. Why not?

    • 2011 Nissan 370Z: 332 hp / 270 lb-ft of torque : Price $30,610
    Can’t comment because it’s in my sig and I don’t want to be biased

    • 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid: 122 hp / 128 lb-ft of torque : Price $20,095
    Not enough power. Maybe ok if I was still in my early 20’s but I’m older and need a more serious car that lets people know I’ve done well in life

    • 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 265 hp / 262 lb-ft of torque : Price $30,168
    I wrote a review on this car. It actually doesn’t have a lot of power even tho it looks like to does. It’s aimed for middle aged baby boomers.

    • 2011 Fiat 500: 101 hp / 98 lb-ft of torque : Price $15,500
    No. too small, too weak. Never.

    • 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Base: 430 hp / 424 lb-ft of torque : Price $48,950
    Not my style

    • 2011 Ford Mustang V6: 305 hp / 280 lb-ft of torque : Price $23,200
    Not my style either

    My style: ferrari, bmw 5 series and Mercedes

  5. J D Stadler says:

    • 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: At this point in my life, a wagon makes sense and this is certainly a swagger wagon as far as I’m concerned. Yes, please. Cool!

    • 2011 Mazda Miata: Eh, I’m already a chick so there’s no stigma. I’ve decided this WILL be my midlife crisis car, plus I have a soft spot for it since I learned to drive stick in one.

    • 2011 Mini Cooper S: I’m not too sure about this one. I’m bordering on “cool” because at least the S gives it some fun factor

    • 2011 Porsche Boxster: Sorry, had a VERY bad experience with a narcissistic “doctor” type who took me on a date in one of these things. Ruined them for me. Nothing against the car, I’d just never buy one.

    • 2011 Audi TT: I personally am not a fan of the styling but at least it was obviously created for performance, not preening. I vote cool.

    • 2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6: The only modern “pony car” I personally like. I think it’s the very aggressive metal. Even for a V6, I think it’s got plenty of power and you can’t argue with the price. Cool, though I completely understand the complaints about vision obstruction

    • 2011 Ferrari California: I dunno…I love me some Ferrari but this model is, er, lacking. I could find better uses for $192k. If I’m in this kind of income bracket, I’d going for a REAL Ferrari (make mine a 458)

    • 2011 Nissan 370Z: Have always had a soft spot for Z’s, so I’ll pretty much always say “cool”. That said, not digging the tail lights at ALL

    • 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid: This car is like silicone implants. It promises goodness and fails to deliver when the time comes. Dear Honda: cut the hybrid bs, deliver on this Mugen type-R hype, make it a true CRX successor the fanbois have been asking for and THEN I’ll consider it “cool”.

    • 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: Oh how the mighty have fallen. Decidedly UNcool, mostly because of the overly desperate way Mitsu presented it. All style and absolutely NO substance. The “poseur” of sporty compacts.

    • 2011 Fiat 500: Not sure how I feel about this one yet. Fiat strikes me as not taking themselves too seriously, and the bubbly, cartoony features of the 500 are almost tongue-in-cheek, like they KNOW it’s not MEANT to be an enthusiasts car but dammit, the socialites will be snapping them up in droves because they’re just so CUTE. So for now, it’s “cool” for me, but may change.

    • 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Base: See also – Ferrari. If you’re getting up there in price range, go for the gold. Base model shouldn’t even be a consideration. Plus the interior fails to live up to the exterior. It’s not that Corvettes are “uncool”, but I’d much rather a ZR1 or Z06

    • 2011 Ford Mustang V6: *shrug* I’m non-committal on Mustangs. Don’t like them but then, don’t dislike them either. I will say that I tend to not respect them as much in V6 trim, especially with those silly Pony Package stickers down the side.

  6. PFULMTL says:

    Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon – I’ll take the four door instead.

    Mazda Miata – love what it’s made for and the fact that it’s an affordable RWD car (perfect combination). I think it should come with a hardtop version from the factory (like the previous Japanse A-B-C spec versions) and wish it had little more aggressive styling like the RX8.

    Mini Cooper, Ferrari California, Audi TT, Honda CR-Z Hybrid, – eh don’t care

    Porsche Boxster – always hated it, poor excuse for a cheap Porsche, and very feminine. Get a Cayman instead.

    Chevrolet Camaro V6 – new design is already getting played out like the Mustang. Good value though.

    Nissan 370Z – good value, but the front looks funny

    Mitsubishi Eclipse GT – girls car. Unnecessarily large and bulky.

    Fiat 500 – Wouldn’t mind driving one – into oncoming traffic.

    Chevrolet Corvette Base – what is that thing under the bumper, like a street squeegie?

    Ford Mustang V6 – see Camaro

  7. My2Cents says:

    You people are funny. Get in the cars and drive them.

    It is also amusing to note that none of you like the Boxster. Yet, this car has been on most car magazines Top 10 list pretty regularly over the past few years… As I said, get in the cars and drive them.