Well, it’s that time of your life. You know the time when you just turned 40 years old. Your family is in full swing and maybe your children are off to college or just about to finish up high school. Your job is okay, but nothing excites you much anymore and life is just plain dull.

Like most people, when the mid-life crisis stage sets in the only thing that every man needs is to have a fast car that makes him feel excited and young again. The question now becomes what car to buy?

The obvious choice is a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, or an Aston Martin. Nothing says youth like a DB9 or a 458 Italia. Let’s be honest with ourselves though, not many people can afford a car like that, especially with a family. We need to find something for under $100,000 that is fast, looks good, and isn’t on two wheels.

These are the top five mid-life crisis cars on the market today in the United States. Check them out after the jump.

5) BMW M-Series Cars

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It’s hard to just choose one of the M division BMW machines. The M5 is the best choice for the family father who wants to take the family to the mall, but still wants that massive amount of power available. For a brief period the M3 would have been a good choice as well, but BMW dropped the sedan variant, leaving the M3 in coupe form only. The M5 offers up a 500 horsepower V8 and a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The M3 has a 4.0-liter V8 with 414 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds. The M5 is a little more expensive, but it can be used on a daily basis, while the M3 is more of a weekend vehicle, so in a way, you get more for your money with the high-performance 5-Series sedan. Your choice though; the amazingly good M3 or the family rocket ship, the M5.

4) Chevrolet Corvette

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We once referred to the ’Vette’ as "America’s favorite plastic sports car", but the Corvette is a top seller among middle aged men. It’s not as cool as it used to be, but that won’t stop buyers from flocking to them. The old school V8s that live under the hoods of these machines are loud, mean, and fast. There are many different models to choose from. There’s the coupe, convertible, Grand Sport, Z06, and the ZR1. That really has to be the most trim levels of any sports car. The coupe is good, the convertible isn’t though. With 430 horsepower these two models are quick, but aren’t the best in the corners. The Grand Sport is basically some added decals and other trim bits and the Z06 is so hard on the road that your children will wind up with bad backs, if they can fit in the back seats. If it were up to us, we would buy the amazingly good ZR1, but that is over our set $100k limit, so it’s going to have to be the base coupe.

3) Dodge Challenger SRT-8

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This is the first car on our list in which we specify the trim level, but we feel it’s needed with the Challenger. The V6 model isn’t good enough and the V6 Mustang is far better. The R/T is good, but the 6.1-liter V8 Hemi in the SRT-8 is stunning. When you turn the key the motor rumbles to life, shaking the a car tad and giving you a real manly sensation. This car is, frankly, awful in the corners, but pull up next to a teenager in a Neon SRT-4 at a stoplight and the power that you will feel when you stomp on the throttle is brilliant. Not to mention you will blow that Neon out of the water and nothing makes you feel happier than destroying a punk kid at a drag race. If you really want one, wait a little bit till the 2011 models are released, as the new SRT-8 might get a 6.4-liter Hemi V8.

2) Porsche 911

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The quintessential German sports car has always been the911. Sure, the engine is in the wrong place and it doesn’t look all that great. Let’s not forget that all the models look the same and nobody will be able to tell if you bought the Turbo or the 4S. Yet, all that doesn’t matter. The 911 is fast, handles well, and will make you look good again. There aren’t many models to choose from to keep the budget below our set minimum, so it’ll have to be the Carrera or the Carrera S. The Carrera comes with a 345 horsepower motor and can hit 180 miles per hour. Step it up to the S model and you can get 385 horsepower. Either choice is good, as you get a lot for your money.

1) Ford Mustang

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Is it better than the Porsche? No. It’s not even better than the M-Series BMW models, but the Mustang has mass appeal and a good price tag that people will flock to. The V6 Mustang offers 305 horsepower and over 30 miles per gallon, while the GT gives you the 5.0-liter V8 with 412 horsepower. Those aren’t the two we would have though. If we were buying a car to ease the pain of being 40 years old, we would buy the GT500. A 5.4-liter V8 lives under the hood of the Shelby Mustang and a noise that can turn the heads of passers-by will come out of the exhaust. With a price tag of $48,645, this car is a real bargain for the smart dad. Plus, nothing says cool like go faster stripes.

There you have it, the top-five cars for mid-life crisis adults. If it were up to us we would have the GT500 Mustang or the M3 BMW, but it all depends on your personal tastes. Some might want the old school look and power of the Corvette, while others will love the European style of the 911. It all depends on what vehicle you choose to spend your middle years with and how much money you have saved up in that rainy day fund.

What do you think?
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DKsan  (32) posted on 10.27.2011

surprised that chargers not around....

DKsan  (399) posted on 10.18.2011

Nice list but just like Timotea Bianchi, I would not still be preferred to have these cars. I don’t have any guaranteed me that it will satisfy me when it comes in their figure performance.

DKsan  (242) posted on 09.29.2011

Well, I’m glad that the Porsche 911 was here, but I’m not really into this mid-life crisis for it don’t have any guaranteed that having these can save me from my crisis to have a fast car. smiley

DKsan  (1) posted on 06.9.2011

Porsche only decent car? What about M3? personally a classic car is what i would buy.

DKsan  (364) posted on 06.9.2011

This one I agree. When you reach the mid-life, you become bored and wanting some excitement on your life. And this is a good time to buy a Ford Mustang. Even if its old as you are, it still rocks the road when you hit it with a good drive.

DKsan  (831) posted on 10.15.2010

haha. look like a crisis??

DKsan  (340) posted on 10.12.2010

These cars looks in the crisis.

DKsan  (798) posted on 09.9.2010

agree, it’s all about it’s costs and engine, remember all of these cars are powerful and has a lot of horses under the hood.

DKsan  (515) posted on 09.7.2010

the price and fuel consumption is the main problem with this car, many american’s are turning their eyes with the japanese nimble cars.

DKsan  (647) posted on 07.20.2010

Yes of course, conventional cars is the best car that needed by a ordinary man that has a ordinary life. Its not practical to have luxury car if your an average citizen. You must fit your car to your need. And there’s no question in the performance of the top-five cars listed above , its affordable plus the engine is really good.

DKsan  (807) posted on 07.20.2010

agree, but today they are turning those gas drinker engine into electric. i think this might help to save this cars.

DKsan  (708) posted on 07.19.2010

Well, I think most people, when the mid-life crisis stage sets in the only thing that every man needs is to have a fast car that makes him feel excited and young again.

mopar39426  (24) posted on 07.18.2010

B.S. Uncia they’re right, you’re wrong, learn about cars, and get some taste in cars.

mopar39426  (50) posted on 07.17.2010

Why mid life crisis??!?!

I would like to see a 20 year old afford one of these on his own!!

im 27 and only last year I bought an audi TT, it had 10,000 miles on it, and thats the only way I could afford it. Sold my car and took out a loan !!

mid life crisis my a**, at 40 is a realistic age one can afford a car that expensive! More realistic is 50’s cause the kids also want to go to college....

Uncia  (868) posted on 07.16.2010

The 911 is the only decent car on this list, and I couldn’t disagree more with the statement that it "doesn’t look all that great." Personally, I find the 911 to be one of the most elegantly styled sports cars on the market today both inside and out; few cars possess such a pleasant combination of modern aerodynamics and a classic shape.

Uncia  (868) posted on 07.16.2010

The Porsche is the only decent car on this list, and I couldn’t disagree more with the statement that it doesn’t look good. Personally, I find the 911 to be one of the most elegantly styled cars on the market, both inside and out, and it is actually the only non-Toyota that I would ever actually buy.

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