The 20 Best Cars for a One-Car Garage

If you're in a situation where you can only choose one car to drive, it's going to be hard to do better than these options.

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If you can only have one car, get a car that basically does it all. These are some of the best cars for a one-car garage.

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Honda
Honda Civic Type R

The new Type R gives you all the practicality you expect from a Civic hatchback and the ability to go sub-8:00 at the Nürburgring. Judged by those criteria, it's a $36,000 bargain, but if you want to save money for track days, get a Civic Si sedan, which itself is a sweetheart.

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Hyundai
Hyundai Veloster N

Hyundai might be new to the hot-hatch game, but you wouldn't guess that based on how the Veloster N drives. It's a great track car with usable back seats and a decent trunk. Plus, it costs under $30,000.

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Porsche
Porsche Macan

The Macan is no sports car, but it's a lot more fun to drive than pretty much any other SUV on the market today. And the back seats are a lot more comfortable than those in a 911.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The Colorado is a nice mid-size pickup, but in ZR2 form, it achieves true greatness. That's thanks to a trick set of Multimatic DSSV shocks that give the ZR2 off-road capability and excellent road manners. If you need a pickup, it might as well be a fun one.

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For some wonderful reason, Cadillac decided to build a wagon version of its second-generation CTS. And then it decided to sell a V version of that wagon. The CTS-V Sport Wagon never made it past that one generation, but for a few years, we were blessed with a 556-hp American station wagon.
Cadillac
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Cadillac no longer makes a wagon version of the CTS-V, and old ones are actually starting to creep up in price thanks to their appeal as a great all-rounder. You can even get one with a manual transmission, if you're able to find an owner willing to part with their V. The only downside is the atrocious gas mileage from that supercharged V8.

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BMW
BMW M5

With the addition of all-wheel drive in the newest M5, it's a true four-season car. It's incredibly quick, comfortable, and effortlessly capable on track. And if you need to get through some snowy roads, that trick AWD system is there to help. If only it were available as a wagon. Then it would be perfect.

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Audi RS3

If you want lots of power in a small, practical sedan package, then look no further than the RS3. It takes the 400-horsepower turbo inline-five from TT RS, and uses Audi's signature Quattro all-wheel drive system. We'd say that's plenty.

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Ford F-150 Raptor

If you absolutely need a truck as your only car, it's hard to go wrong with the new Raptor. It can carry things, tow big payloads, and as you can see above, take jumps without issue.

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Jeep
Jeep Wrangler

If you don't need a truck, but still want something that can off-road and still perform as a normal car, the Wrangler might be the SUV for you. The new JL model is wildly more refined than its predecessor on-road, and it's just as capable as ever on the trails.

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Ford's ultimate-performance Focus, the RS model, has eluded buyers here in the US for fifteen years. But for 2016, the rally-bred super hatch is no longer only for Europe. Even better news: This built-in-Germany monster with 315 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque will come only with a manual. That should keep this machine in the hands of those that appreciate its capabilities.
 This newest Focus RS should be very capable on the track. It's advanced all-wheel drive system, which can route up to 70 percent of the engine's torque to the rear axle, should create exciting handling. We can't wait to slide behind the wheel.
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Ford
Ford Focus RS

The Focus RS is nice because when it comes down to it, it's still a Focus. That may sound like a detriment, but really, it's a good thing. The Focus hatch is practical, and a nice place to spend time. The RS just adds to the fun with a 350-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet SS

Sadly, Chevy discontinued production of its fantastic V8-powered, rear-wheel drive sedan, the SS. Still finding one used shouldn't be that difficult. It's fun to drive, makes a great noise, and can comfortably sit five. What more do you need?

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Porsche
Porsche 911 Turbo

The modern 911 Turbo is perhaps the best example of a performance car that can truly serve as an everyday driver. It has all the comfort features you'd expect from a luxury car, four seats and all-wheel drive. Also, it can get from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. Need we say more?

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Volvo
Volvo V90

Volvo might not stock them in showrooms, but the V90 wagon is certainly the pick of the lineup. With good looks, endless comfort, and more space than you can imagine, it's a great pick for anyone looking to check all the boxes.

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Audi
Audi S7

It's sleek like a coupe, but it has four doors like a sedan. Its interior is luxuriously appointed, and there's a 450-horsepower V8 under the hood. Those qualities alone make the S7 worthy of being the only car in your garage, but what really sets it apart is the sportback design that gives you far more trunk space than other sedans offer.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

No, you won't be able to take the Trackhawk version of the Grand Cherokee very far off-road, and your gas mileage won't exactly be stellar. You will, however, have a spacious SUV that offers plenty of comfort and luxury features that also happens to be faster in a straight line than a lot of dedicated sports cars. It will also handle corners far better than any SUV that size should be able to.

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Land Rover
Land Rover Range Rover

The Range Rover is expensive and doesn't have the best reputation for reliability, but people keep buying them. Why? They're incredibly luxurious, the supercharged versions are quite quick, and they can go much further off-road than they have any right to. If you have a car that can do all that, who needs a second car?

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

Sometimes you want a muscle car, a luxury car, and a family car but don't have the space to park all three. Luckily, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon still exists. It's stupidly fast and sounds amazing, but it's also still as luxurious as you'd expect a Mercedes to be, and there's plenty of room behind the rear seats for that added dose of practicality.

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Nissan
Nissan GT-R

If you're looking for a car that can dominate on the track, it's hard to beat the Nissan GT-R. Compared to cars that put down similar lap times, it's also a surprisingly-capable daily driver. The trunk has plenty of room for grocery runs, and its all-wheel drive means all you need to do to drive it in winter is swap the tires.

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Subaru WRX STI Hatch

Subaru stopped making the hatchback version of the STI the 2015 model year, which means if you want one in do-everything guise, you'll have to buy used. The good news is, if you do buy used, you'll be able to take advantage of a the miracle that is depreciation and save a little cash.

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Volkswagen
Volkswagen Golf R

If you haven't driven the latest Volkswagen Golf R, you really should. When properly equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control and a manual transmission, it's a phenomenal hot hatch. It's also much more refined than the STI and available as a five-door, making it perfect for someone who needs a little practicality mixed with their fun.

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