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12 Best Handling Cars in America Under $100,000

12 Best Handling Cars in America Under $100,000

Corner carving capability trumps acceleration and top speed this time

The stereotypical view about driving in the U.S. (propagated by people who’ve never actually been Stateside) is that it’s mostly wide, straight roads that make huge pickups seem small and where people drive their cliché muscle cars mostly straight and occasionally turning to the left. But America has innumerable awesome driving roads scattered across its vast territory, breathtaking roads with great tarmac and scenery, and there are plenty of people in the U.S. who prefer a good handling car over a big, powerful bruiser that resents corners.

This listicle is for them as it tries to concentrate the 12 best handling performance cars that you can buy for under $100,000 (some of which falling well under that figure). You may also be surprised to note that two of the cars in the list below are by all definitions actual muscle cars, yet in their current incarnation they have a lot of sports car DNA and they thoroughly deserve their place on this list.

When first doing research for this list I thought it was going to be tricky to get ten cars that fit the bill without resorting to filling the list with hot hatches. But thankfully, the $100,000 cap proved sufficient to include plenty of cars that may be quite diverse, yet they’re all known for their excellent handling. The fact that some of them are also really fast in a straight line and still come within budget is a bonus.

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Gas-Powered Cars Will Always Be Better Than Electric Cars - Here's 10 Reasons Why

Gas-Powered Cars Will Always Be Better Than Electric Cars - Here’s 10 Reasons Why

Going electric is cool, but gas-powered cars will always be cooler

Electric cars represent the future of the auto industry. It’s not a question of “if” anymore. But, just because there’s a surge of momentum in desire for electric cars, that doesn’t mean that electric cars will always be better than gas cars. On the contrary, gas-powered cars will remain relevant even as the EV revolution comes in full swing. Automakers can make proclamations about the robust future of EVs as much as they want, but there are more than 100 years of history behind gas-powered cars that nobody, not even the biggest auto brands in the world, can just sweep under the rug. Electric cars offer advantages in a handful of ways, but they still have a long way to go to prove to the people that they’re better than gas-powered cars.

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10 Exciting Cars That Will Cost You As Much as the 2020 Toyota Supra

10 Exciting Cars That Will Cost You As Much as the 2020 Toyota Supra

With its $50,000 MSRP, the 2020 Supra can be compared with some mighty interesting models

The fifth generation Supra A90 is no longer aspiring to be a Porsche 911 slayer, but, given its price, you can pit it against some pretty brisk, fun-to-drive cars. Toyota designed the latest Supra to be fun to drive, its proving ground being the Nurburgring. Company CEO Akio Toyoda was heavily involved in the development process of the A90. He said that he gauged the experience of driving the new Supra, which is more compact than ever before, in comparison to the old model he used to drive around the ’Green Hell’ to learn the track.

The production version hasn’t been put to the test yet, but journalists were allowed to take turns driving some development prototypes around the Jarama track last year. Car & Driver wrote that "there is a smoothness to the Supra that we haven’t felt in a BMW in years," and we know that it will joyfully slide, but what other cars you can look for if you’ve only got Supra money in your pocket? Well, We’ve decided to explore the diverse range of models that you could go for with that "Supra" money you’re hanging on to.

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10 Highly Anticipated Cars That Were Complete Let-Downs

10 Highly Anticipated Cars That Were Complete Let-Downs

These cars should’ve fared better than they did

There’s a saying in the auto industry that “every new idea is a good idea.” There’s a kernel of truth in that because the best and most popular cars are all born from ideas. But there’s a flip side to that saying, too. Just because every new idea is a good idea, it doesn’t mean that these good ideas end up as good products. Time and again, we’ve seen automakers take a promising concept and lose the plot completely when the production version comes out. Every company has experienced something along these lines, but we’ve singled out ten vehicles that serve as the best examples of highly anticipated cars that turned out to be let-downs. Granted, some of these vehicles had their moments in the sun, but those moments were fleeting. In the end, we all remember them for what they could’ve been. They’re not necessarily lemons, but they still leave a sour taste in our mouths.

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Here's What AMG's Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M

Here’s What AMG’s Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M

Going exclusively all-wheel drive could have profound changes across the segment

It used to be that if you wanted to make a performance car, no matter the body style, it absolutely had to be rear-wheel drive. Nothing else would do. Now, all-wheel drive is becoming more and more popular, especially among the high-powered luxury sleds of Europe, and in response, AMG is looking to ditch rear-wheel drive outright in favor of all-wheel drive exclusively. It’s a bold move, and it will undoubtedly affect rivals like BMW’s division, as well as the segment as a whole.

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Does the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray 1LT have an Alarm or Not?

Does the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray 1LT have an Alarm or Not?

The fleet ordering guide for the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette has finally surfaced and it’s told us a lot about Chevy’s next-generation halo car. Over a total of 36 pages, we’ve learned that there are three trim levels – 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT – while the list of standard and available options is rather extensive. As I was going over all 36 pages, something I noticed was a small block toward the end that made it appear that the entry-level Stingray 1LT doesn’t isn’t even available with a theft-deterrent system – the theft deterrent sensors for vehicle inclination and interior movement are also unavailable for the 1LT. All three are standard on the other trims, so what gives? Is the 1LT Stingray really landing into showrooms without a stock alarm system?

I have to admit that I’m rather disturbed by this and even made a few social media posts to express my discord toward Chevy for doing such a thing. The truth is, though, I was wrong and missed one vital entry across 36 pages of RPO codes, features, and options. Let me explain…

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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is a New Life Line for the Chevy Camaro - Here Are 5 Reasons Why

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is a New Life Line for the Chevy Camaro - Here Are 5 Reasons Why

The Camaro may not go the way of the dodo just yet

It’s safe to say that Chevrolet accomplished what it initially set out to do with the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8. The move to make the next-generation Corvette a mid-engine performance car has so far been met with positive reviews. The reactions are still fluid and will remain fluid for at least a few more years, but as far as the initial salvo’s concerned, the Bowtie nailed this one out of the park. Unfortunately, this is no time for celebration for Chevy because it has another important decision on its hands regarding the fate of its other iconic performance nameplate: the Camaro muscle car. Unless you’ve been consumed with anything and everything about the Corvette C8, there are rumors that Chevy is killing the Camaro yet again. Development for a seventh-generation Camaro started, but the automaker decided to cancel the program and stretch this generation’s life a few more years until it fades off into the sunset. It would be a very undignified way for the Camaro to go, but what if — of all things — the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 comes in and saves the Camaro from getting its head chopped off. It’d make for a great story, sure, but there are legitimate reasons — we thought of five of them — why it could happen, too.

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2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 - Driven

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 - Driven

Few bragging rights, but not such a bad truck

In the world of half-ton pickup trucks, Ford has emerged as the market’s technological innovator. The F-150 boasts lightweight aluminum all over its body and turbocharged “EcoBoost” engines under the hood, employing every bit of wizardry to maximize performance and fuel economy without diminishing capability. Meanwhile, the Ram 1500 has doubled down on decadent luxury, with a gorgeous cabin and smoother ride quality. And the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500? What’s its specialty? Well. It’s a truck, too.

It’s easy to be harsh on a redesigned vehicle that doesn’t clearly move the needle from its predecessor. And the latest Silverado is the model’s second-straight cautious redesign. There hasn’t been a radically improved Silverado since 2007. Even some famously loyal pickup buyers appear to be shifting their allegiances, with Ram recently overtaking Chevy for the No. 2 sales slot.

All that being said, the 2019 Silverado remains a competitive truck in many respects. Like all the competition, it has a comfortable cabin with an available giant back seat, a quiet ride and tons of optional luxury gear. Like all the competition, it has absurd towing and payload limits that make a mockery of the “half-ton” moniker. And like the other leading full-size pickups, its available V8 engines deliver strong acceleration and surprisingly acceptable fuel economy. All this is to say that Silverado is in the same approximate league as the Ford and Ram. It just doesn’t have a particular standout specialty, even at similarly sticker-shock-inducing price points. Being basically OK at everything isn’t going to win many hearts, but neither is it a complete disaster — especially in a market segment with few models to choose from.

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2020 BMW M850i - Driven

2020 BMW M850i - Driven

BMW has decided to bring back the 8 Series, a model that was last produced in 1999. Since then, BMW did have the 6 Series Coupe, but now the 6 Series is only available as a four-door, while the new 8 is the top of the line coupe. The 8 series is available as an 840i with a six-cylinder engine or as an M850i with a V-8. We decided to test the V-8 version to see if the M850i is any good.

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2020 Chevy C8 Corvette - Quirks and Facts

2020 Chevy C8 Corvette - Quirks and Facts

The New Corvette C8 Rewrites Unwritten Rules of Sports Cars In A Spectacular Fashion

With a recent official reveal of the new mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8, a famous American car brand gained worldwide acclaim. Following a completely novel interpretation of the production Corvette ethos, GM moved from the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout to the rear-mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Not because it is refreshing to do so, but because the latest Corvette ZR1 – the most powerful one to ever appear – "reached the limit" of what is possible to do with the FR layout. Unveiled at the dedicated event in California, the new Corvette rewrote the rules for all mid-engine sports cars, and supercars, entering the market with quite an incredible sub $60k base price. No other production car in the world offers such a powerful performance for the money. To put this price into perspective, let me tell you that the Mercedes-AMG sells its hot-hatch A45 S in the U.K. for something like $60k. I don’t know about you, but I’d take mid-engine Corvette over that small thing in any universe. In fact, I will have a complete article that will paint you a picture of incredible affordability of the mid-engine Corvette C8. Before that, however, I share with you all the important facts and features you simply have to know about to properly appreciate this creation of our genius.

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Can the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Attract the Younger Buyers It Needs to Survive?

Can the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Attract the Younger Buyers It Needs to Survive?

The C8 Corvette will probably be just fine

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette has a lot of ground to cover if it’s going to actually be successful. Sure, it wears a Corvette badge, so it automatically has clout, but it’s such a huge departure from the standard philosophy Corvette fanboys and purists are used to. And, that in itself could be a big downfall and could, in all honesty, really affect just how well this generation of the Corvette sells in the long run. Regardless of its price, performance, comfort, or luxury, the fact of the matter is that the largest portion of Corvette owners and buyers are of the older persuasion and, in all honesty, can be stuck in the ways. That means the Corvette could lose at least part of its primary fan base with the introduction of this all-new model and it’s the C8’s job to counter this by attracting fresh blood to the Corvette and the Chevy brand as a whole. To explain what I mean by all of this, I need to elaborate a little more, the first step of which is addressing what the C8’s customer base will likely become.

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With the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Starting at Less Than $60,000, is the 2020 Toyota Supra Even Relevant Anymore?

With the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Starting at Less Than $60,000, is the 2020 Toyota Supra Even Relevant Anymore?

It might be an unfair comparison, but Toyota might suffer a big blow

The Chevrolet Corvette just stepped into a new era with the C8 generation. Following seven generations of front-engined cars (spread over more than 60 years), Chevy redesigned the Corvette into a mid-engined supercar. That’s arguably the biggest news surrounding the new 2020 C8 Corvette, but it’s just as important that it will cost less than $60,000 in base form. That’s a mild increase compared to the outgoing 2019 C7 Corvette, which comes in at $55,900. At the same time, it’s less than $10,000 more expensive than the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Could this be bad news for Toyota?

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