Cars We Love in Spite of Ourselves

We all love rooting for the underdog, whether it’s the sports team that’s likely to lose or the supporting character on a TV show that never seems to get a date. That’s why, despite performance issues and a bad reputation, there are some cars we just love — even when we shouldn’t. These four cars are easy to root for and to enjoy.

Jeep Wrangler

 
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The Jeep Wrangler is bulky and impractical. Its soft siding makes it especially easy to break into with a simple key or razor blade. Reminiscent of vehicles used in World War II, Jeeps are fun because you can take the top off and drive to the beach. Maybe that’s why so many people still buy them even though they don’t get the best gas mileage or seat the largest number of passengers.

Lamborghini Miura

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Lamborghini is well-known for its luxury car models. The Miura was one of the fastest cars on the road when it was manufactured between 1966 and 1973. Because of their stunning beauty and speed, many classic car enthusiasts still drive the Miura despite its mechanical challenges. In London in 2014, a Lamborghini Miura burned in a fire despite having recently been serviced, which caused some legal issues for the company. It did not, however, soil Lamborghini’s reputation as a highly desirable luxury car dreamed of by many.

Hummer H3

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Hummers are well-known military vehicles that are handy to have in desert warfare. They provide adequate protection and room to store necessities like soldiers and ammunition.  When Hummers became available in the United States in the early 1990s as a civilian car, new customers were happy. The Hummer H3 represented the best kind of overindulgence: huge SUVs that consumed a lot of gas. The models appeared to be a lot of fun to onlookers. However, when gas prices skyrocketed, consumers traded in their Hummers for something more fuel efficient. The company officially closed in 2010 after a failed deal with an international automotive company.

DeLorean DMC-12

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Every kid in the 1980s dreamed of owning the stylish luxury sports car from Delorean featured in the “Back to the Future” trilogy. With gull-wing doors made famous by the sports car manufacturer Lamborghini and a steep price tag, few people could make this dream happen. The company shut down production after only a few years, so getting replacement parts for existing models proved to be difficult and costly. This makes seeing one on the road a rare sight worthy of taking pictures. In 2016, the new DeLorean Motor Company said it planned on starting production again. Ever since its iconic movie inclusion, odds are good it will sell extremely well and stay in demand. All of us have car models we love and car models we hate. Despite the many challenges these car models faced, many of these models are still on the road and, in some cases, manufactured for sale. This proves that car enthusiasts will sometimes overlook safety and performance issues for the right car.