The Top 25 Cars For Your Midlife Crisis Sep 1, 2016 by Ian (Driver Weekly)
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The spiritual successor to the classic roadster, the Mazda Miata is the contemporary gold standard in two-seater roadsters for a man or woman who clung to their sense of class even when they decided to spend their retirement fund on a new car. When you think the car for a midlife crisis, you think about the mythic red convertible—and this is the top-selling model. Of course, did you know that the color of choice is black, not red? Either way, the Miata embraces the traditional look of a Triumph, MG, or Lotus—long hood, short passenger compartment, cute trunk, and smooth curves. While the latest generation features a busier and more aggressive front, the lines of the car and charming ragtop continue to evoke the idea of a pleasant drive under a warm sun.
A lightweight body, 50:50 weight distribution, rear-wheel drive, and a small engine guarantee a responsive, even eager, driving experience. This isn’t a powerful car, that’s true, but this is for a different driver. We have to admit that the market for smaller coupes and convertibles is decreasing—especially in the United States, where they face competition from affordable pony cars on the one end and increasingly accessible production supercars on the other. But roadsters have character, with a wide variety of styling in their class. The roadster remains a symbol of the “midlife crisis”—and provides a distinctive drive for a distinctive man.
The Chevrolet Corvette is an enduring symbol of better days—from high school to the open road, golden summers and amorous encounters. While the first model was a seductive convertible, the latest edition is a sleek sports coupe introduced in 2014, and the C7 Corvette is lean, mean, and fast. But even if you’re not going to strap yourself into the cockpit of the latest model and try to burn rubber on the track, there are six generations of style available to the discerning buyer. The first models were alluring convertibles that embody the best of the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, these editions now cost as much as a small house, but you can always find a C2 or C3 that retains the infatuating curves of the original. There’s even a hard-edged vigor to the 1980s C4 that retained stylistic cues from previous models. Each generation was the latest long line of exceptional small block engines—and the survivor of a succession of cruddy interiors straight from General Motors. But for the man who wants a classic car, the Corvette is a rewarding and vigorous drive—lacking the spit and polish of its European competitors, but with a visceral pleasure behind its unrefined wheel and grumbling engine. This is the car of Route 66. This is the car that astronauts drove when they returned to Earth. Chevrolet has even acknowledged that the sharper style is an attempt to win younger drivers as the car continues to attract an aging demographic—but it’s the middle-aged driver who has the income to afford a ‘Vette. Midlife crisis here was come.