The goal of redesigning a car is to make something better than what came before. That's fairly obvious. But in some cases, a simple generation-to-generation change can take an already decent car and make it truly great.
The first- and second-generation Taurus SHOs were great cars, but Ford strayed from the path of greatness with the V-8-powered automatic-only third-gen car. When the fourth-gen car burst onto the scene 10 years later, it was a return to form. Mean, stealthy, and quick. has under 100,000 miles, and you can own it for around $16,000.
Lincoln went years without selling a truly interesting vehicle, but once the new Navigator arrived, people finally began to pay attention to the brand again. with low miles you can buy right now.
The Corolla was once a fun car, but has slowly transitioned into a lifeless tool for the masses. The 2019 model changed that. With an optional manual transmission and a lightweight hatchback body, it's actually a joy to whip around your favorite back road.
People never warmed up to the idea of a 911 without round headlights, which is one of the main reasons the 996 is the least-popular generation of Porsche's flagship. The 997 changed that with a fascia more appropriately designed to the 911 nameplate. on eBay right now.
The last-gen Wrangler was far from bad, but this newest one is still a huge step up. With aluminum body panels, more engine options, and a totally re-worked suspension, it's worlds more impressive on and off the road. is on eBay right now.
The 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom was the company's first step into the modern era. Thanks to new BMW ownership, it got a new design, new tech, and a whole lot more luxury. is listed on eBay for just $95,000.
The first-generation MR2 was a small, purpose built sporting machine that didn't cater much to people who wanted a livable everyday car. Toyota changed that for the second-gen SW20, giving it a larger interior, more amenities, and a retuned suspension. is up for grabs right now, equipped with a five-speed manual and a targa roof.
The Corvette has been around for over 60 years, so it's had its fair share of ups and downs. The transition from the extremely '80s C4 model to the comparatively curvy, streamlined C5 car was a huge step in the right direction. It also helped that it drove so well. is up for sale right now on eBay.
The NC-generation Mazda Miata was far from a bad car. It was actually incredibly fun. But the new ND-generation Miata somehow makes the NC look like a mistake. This could be the most fun new car on the market. The NC is still a great car, but the ND is a great Miata. with low mileage for about $10,000 off MSRP.
The previous generation CTS was too big to be a small sedan and too small to be a midsize sedan. It lived in a weird purgatory. The newest CTS cured that ailment with its growth into the midsize category, new engines, and a gorgeous design. We did lose the coupe and wagon (along with the manual gearbox in the V), but the CTS is able to make up for those losses pretty easily. listed on eBay right now for under $70,000.
When the fifth-generation Camaro was released, everyone rejoiced. Chevy's pony car was back! And we were willing to ignore just how heavy and tank-like it was in order to drive one. The Camaro's 2016 redesign moves to a smaller, lighter platform, looks great, and is a hoot to drive. can be yours today.
The C63 AMG replaced the C55 AMG. Both had naturally aspirated V8s, but the 6.2 liter in the C63 was a wild engine, one of the all-time greats. for just $37,000.
The Fox body came after the disappointment known as the Mustang II. While it wasn't great when it first came out, the Fox was around for nearly 15 years and just got better and better during that time. Look for these to become a future classic. listed on eBay for under $9,000.
The Fox body Mustang wasn't the only revolutionary model in the Mustang's history. The current model, which came onto the scene in 2015, was a massive step forward for the car, with new looks, an Ecoboost four-cylinder engine choice, and independent suspension for the first time ever. for sale right now.
The fourth generation of the GTI was the culmination of years of growth and addition to the GTI. It was heavy and just not the tossable hatch we came to know and love when it was released. Enter the MK V GTI. It ditched the VR6 for a 2.0 liter turbo four and got back to the GTI's fun loving roots. Without this car, the current GTI might be a fat, awful thing. you can buy right now on eBay.
The E60 5-series had two things against it. First were the looks that would scare children. Second was the iDrive unit that was nearly impossible to use. BMW fixed both issues for the F10 5er, which is a gorgeous car with a fantastic infortainment experience. Winner. has a true six-speed manual transmission, and you can own it.
The last A4 was a fine car. But it wasn't a great car. This new A4 though, is a return to form right when Audi needs it. It's fun, it's luxurious, and it can take the fight right to the BMW 3-series. That's what it has to do. with the rare stick-shift option, for sale right now on eBay.