Muscle Car or Electric Vehicle? America’s Top Dream Cars Now Include Both

What’s your dream car? It wasn’t long ago that muscle cars and exotic supercars would top everyone’s wish list. These days, you might be amazed at how practical and eco-friendly people think about cars — even ones they don’t have to buy.

We were certainly surprised when we read a survey of 2,000 people’s dream machines from auto chemical supplier Gold Eagle. Instead of Ferraris and Bugattis dominating the top 10, European automakers barely entered the picture. Meanwhile, respondents actually picked a hybrid as one of their top dream models.

The surprises didn’t end there. Women who took part in the survey dreamed about owning the most rugged, traditionally “masculine” vehicles you can find these days. Meanwhile, men seemed just as enchanted by speedy electric vehicles as by old-school muscle. Here are America’s top 10 dream cars, according to this new survey.

10. Honda Accord

Honda is positioning the 2018 Accord as the best sedan to ever wear the name. | Honda

Pretty boring, right? The fact people chose a practical midsize sedan as a dream car jumped out at us, too. However, looking at other survey answers provides some clues. When researchers asked what people’s first cars were, Accord ranked No. 1. From that, we gather many a young person was simply dreaming about getting behind the wheel of their first vehicle.

9. Range Rover

Land Rover Range Rover classic

It really doesn’t get much cooler than an original Range Rover. | Land Rover

If you think of the classic Range Rover, you’ll imagine a rugged-yet-refined utility vehicle ready to brave the wild. It was the sort of car James Bond commandeered prior to foiling a Russian plot or otherwise saving Western Civilization. The Land Rover brand released an infinite number of variations since, but the original is a popular pick for dream cars circa 2018.

8. Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius Plus Four

To younger buyers, the Prius is practical and cool. | James Derek Sapienza/Autos Cheat Sheet

Who says Americans aren’t practical? Just look at how many chose Toyota Prius as their dream car. You can’t find a more reliable or fuel-efficient model on the market, and no one ever accused one of being stylish. Maybe millennials consider such a hybrid a worthy object of their auto desires in 2018, and if so more power to them. It’s a car almost anyone can afford.

7. Dodge Charger Hellcat

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a proper dream car. | James Derek Sapienza/Autos Cheat Sheet

Now we’re talking. Of the thousands surveyed for this study, a sizable chunk said they wanted a Hellcat. No one can blame someone for dreaming of a piloting the most ferocious muscle car around. First of all, any car that tops 700 horsepower is comically unpractical. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, for sure. (Priced above $66,000, it’s also out of many buyers’ reach.)

6. Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Yes, lots of people dream about Tesla’s electric minivan. | Tesla

It wasn’t long ago people would snicker at the idea of owning an electric car (let alone dream about it). But that was a pre-Tesla age, and the high-performance EVs coming out of California changed the way folks think. Case in point: More people dreamed about a falcon-wing Model X than did a fire-breathing Dodge Charger in this survey. If you listen closely, you’ll hear Steve McQueen roll over in his grave.

5. Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Women like the Camaro even more than men. | Chevrolet

Whether you opt for a base Camaro or one of the fastest models Chevy ever produced, you’re in for a good time. Even folks who don’t know a Camry from a Corolla know that much about cars, and Gold Eagle’s survey confirmed. Look, cars might get greener every year, but the roar of a Camaro remains music to the ears of millions. The only surprise? More women (52%) than men called Camaro their dream car.

4. Chevrolet Corvette

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Corvette has been a dream car for 65 years. | Chevrolet

People responding to the survey may not have lusted after European supercars, but plenty dreamed about owning America’s equivalent: Chevrolet Corvette. This GM masterpiece seems to get better with every tweak, and men (59%) wanted one by a strong majority. What still boggles the mind is you can pick up a 2019 Corvette starting at $56,000. There might not be a better value on the U.S. market.

3. Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is the only vehicle on this list that can go just about anywhere. | Jeep

If you’re fantasizing about tackling rugged trails and looking cool while you do it, Jeep Wrangler is going to be on your dream car list. This iconic American vehicle’s place on this list comes as no surprise. However, what if we told you that 81% of the people who put Wrangler in third place were women? Now you might be surprised, and that’s exactly what happened.

2. Tesla Model S

2017 Tesla Model S

The Model S has made electric cars seem lustworthy for over five years now. | Tesla

Those who love speed and high style can also love electric cars, thanks to Tesla. The brand’s flagship Model S now ranks as America’s No. 2 dream car, according to the Gold Eagle survey. Of the top five, this Tesla got the highest percentage of votes from men (63%). We’re guessing they lusted after a P100D with Ludicrous Mode. Hey, if you need to reach 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, it’s your best bet on today’s market.

1. Ford Mustang

Front view of 2018 Mustang in Orange Fury with Performance Pack

2018 Ford Mustang GT | Ford

The more things change, the more they stay the same? Maybe not, but when it comes to Mustang we’ll give that cliché its due. Ford’s enduring success with this muscle icon is its refusal to sit pat. Take the 2018 edition storming down a street near you. It may not have the style of a late ’60s Boss, but it’s got the chops to hang with any Mustang in a race. No wonder people still dream about owning one.

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