The Best Deals on Midlife-Crisis Cars You’ll Find in 2018
Everyone’s heard the jokes about men of a certain age and the cars many end up buying. They’re usually fast, sharp-looking, luxurious, or all of the above.
Likewise, most are very, very expensive. However, considering these rides are used to treat the loneliness and/or boredom of middle age, they may prove a good value over time — especially compared to therapists’ fees.
Besides, after the kids graduate college and you’ve paid off the mortgage, you deserve a little fun in your daily drive. A new study by iSeeCars.com can even make such a purchase affordable. The research site looked checked the highest depreciation in late-model cars men over the age of 50 covet.
Here are the best deals you can find on a midlife-crisis car in 2018.
12. Porsche Boxster
- Average 3-year depreciation: 35.9%
While the Boxster may be the most affordable two-seat roadster Porsche offers, it’s still quite a treat when brand-new. In fact, average sales prices ran buyers $79,000 a few years back.
These days, over one-third of that amount disappeared in the name of depreciation. If a lightly used Boxster delivers what you need, you can get one for less than $50,000 in 2018.
11. BMW M3
- Average 3-year depreciation: 36.4%
With BMW 3 Series sedans blanketing the world’s streets, the base models simply don’t fit the bill for a midlife-crisis car. That job falls to the German brand’s performance (M) line.
In the case of the M3, you’re looking at 425 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, at the price of $80,000 once you add in the options. On the used market, this hot Bimmer has been selling for an average of $51,000, iSeeCars data showed.
10. Chevrolet Camaro
- Average 3-year depreciation: 37.8%
At an average starting price of $34,119 new, a Chevy Camaro is not exactly a massive splurge. However, a 2015 SS definitely fits the bill in the thrills department.
All told, you get 426 horsepower in a manual model and the type of roar that turns heads every time you start it. For about $21,000, you could do a lot worse these days.
9. Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Average 3-year depreciation: 38.5%
In the case of the Mazda Miata, it’s not just men of a certain age who gravitate toward this car. The MX-5 roadster is about as crowd-pleasing as vehicles get.
Read just about any MX-5 review and you understand why: The Miata’s driving dynamics make it among the best values you can find in a performance car. If you wait a few years and get a gently used model, it becomes a steal at $19,500.
8. Volkswagen Eos
- Average 3-year depreciation: 41.7%
It may not have the brawn of a Camaro or flash of a Boxster, but the Volkswagen Eos still delivered on what many men want: a good drive in a two-seat convertible.
Since production ended in 2015, any Eos on the market these days will sell for at least 40% ($16,000) less than what folks paid a few years back. That leaves the average price near $23,000 in 2018.
7. Mercedes-Benz SLK
- Average 3-year depreciation: 44.1%
Of all the midlife-crisis cars out there, the Mercedes SLK (now named SLC) may be the king. You might be shocked to find anyone besides a middle-aged guy behind the wheel of one.
This model, which ended in the 2016 model year, came with the choice of three engines (from a turbo four-cylinder to a 415-horsepower V8), so just how much fun you have in it will vary. However, many versions can be had for under $35,000, which is about $26,000 less than they sold for two-to-three years ago.
6. Audi S5
- Average 3-year depreciation: 45.1%
Though a regular Audi sedan won’t interest this demographic much, the S5 convertible should do the trick. It offers well over 300 horsepower and enough flash to make any drive a blast.
After the 45% depreciation three-year-old S5s averaged in 2018, this model came to less than $38,000 used.
5. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
- Average 3-year depreciation: 45.7%
Like the SLK roadster, a Mercedes-Benz SL grand tourer comes in several different engine choices, the most ferocious of which (an AMG) tops out around 620 horsepower. Clearly, such a scorcher will make any middle-aged man feel like a kid again.
The entire range becomes affordable after three years (and 46% depreciation) in an owner’s or lessee’s hands. According to iSeeCars data, several SL roadster models have dropped below $60,000 in 2018.
4. BMW Z4
- Average 3-year depreciation: 45.8%
While the BMW Z4 does not have the same reputation as other sport models from the German brand, you can’t argue with its curb appeal or power-to-weight ratio. (Another area of appeal is its hardtop convertible.)
Meanwhile, pricing of gently used models makes it affordable for a larger segment of the population in 2018. After 46% depreciation, it sells for less than $35,000.
3. Porsche Panamera
- Average 3-year depreciation: 47.7%
While some may balk at the idea of a four-door Porsche, the Panamera’s high-end interior and 400-horsepower engine should set most concerns aside. (How it sounds will also settle doubts.)
Still, this model’s biggest turnoff for buyers is usually the price — it averaged a $118,000 sticker when new. On the secondhand market in 2018, the Panamera comes in at a palatable $61,812 on average.
2. BMW 6 Series
- Average 3-year depreciation: 51.7%
If you were on the market for a BMW 6 Series coupe or convertible around 2015, you were looking at a price tag close to $100,000. Some three years and 52% depreciation later, this 445-horsepower burner has dropped below $50,000 in some trims.
For the full experience, the 650 convertible is the way to go, and examples showing fewer than 20,000 miles on the odometer were selling for $50,000-$55,000 in June 2018.
1. BMW M6
- Average 3-year depreciation: 54%
Every person alive will be wowed by any BMW 6 Series from the past few years. However, the M6 take the concept to another level of luxury and performance.
Specifically, M6 offers 575 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque with the Competition Package. It’s so indulgent it averaged a sale price of $140,000 in 2015.
By 2018, M6 had shown 54% depreciation and could be had for less than $65,000. If you feel a midlife crisis coming on, it’s time to pounce on this car.
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