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20 SUVs, Cars and Trucks That Will Remain Cool 20 Years From Now

Some models just never go out of style

Updated October 16, 2017

Most cars and trucks get sold or scrapped after they serve their purpose. Life of an average car these days, is no longer than a decade. Or 150,000 miles. Well-built specimens can go double the amount, and trucks often beat that altogether. But some vehicles are born different. Instant classics the moment they step outside, they’re often much better maintained, and thus preserved for longer. It’s safe to say that in 20 years time, some currently new models, will likely pass as appreciated and sought after classics.

And there’ll be plenty of them. Just look at how many nameplates have survived the constant market alterations for decades now. This list, however, is about cars and trucks that’ll remain cool in 20 years time. Toyota Corolla has been around the block for 50 years, but that doesn’t make it cool. Niche vehicles, rare models and beloved oddballs are the ones we’re looking for here. But, bear in mind the fact that a lot can change in 20 years time. For instance, if there wasn’t for the new Corvette Z06, people would have talked about the one from 2001 still. You get the picture. So, without further ado, here are 20 models we think will remain cool when millennial kids turn 40. Scary thought, isn’t it?!

Ford Focus RS

Fresh Focus RS isn’t the first Focus-based hot hatch Blue Oval has marketed. Focus RS was available overseas years ago. This time, U.S. buyers too, are able to enjoy quirky compact’s almost WRC-worthy capabilities. This wouldn’t have been possible hadn’t North American SVT, European TeamRS and Australian FPV divisions joined forces. But, I digress. 350-horsepower probably won’t be enough for a hot hatch of Focus RS’ pedigree in 20 years time, but that only means it’ll be all the more affordable. If FoMoCo doesn’t pull the plug on it until then which’ll instantly convert it into an icon. But, chances of that happening are very, very slim.

Dodge Viper

Recently discontinued Dodge Viper is already being missed. Oh, but wait couple more years or so until its prices start soaring, and then you’ll know just how much longed for it really is. Dodge Viper has always been a cool car. After all, suicidal handling and almost 650 horsepower are not a combo you’ll find in anything else than a cool car. And it’s not like V10-powered American sports car will be any less cooler in 20 years than it is today. On the contrary, we believe it’ll be even more appreciated.

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat is getting a lot of bad press for sub-par quality of their vehicles these days, but no one can deny Fiat 500 is a cool car. Cute iconic Italian super mini always has been. Fiat 500 Abarth is classic 500’s spiritual successor, and it has everything its predecessor had. And more. Modern Fiat 500 Abarth adds sublime exhaust note, enough power and extremely fun driving dynamics to the mix. I can already see young people fighting over remaining examples in 2035. Unless, maybe, hoverboards become reality by then. But we’ve been fooled once already.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

On a scale from 9 to 10, how much do you want a Nissan Skyline GT-R? Now, imagine yourself in a parallel universe 20 years from now and answer the following question: “On a scale from 9 to 10, how much do you want a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution”? For, that’s exactly what’s gonna happen. Lancer Evo X will be around 25 years old car by then, and if nothing unforeseeable happens, it should be as coveted as the R34 Skyline is today. That’s my two cents.

Ford GT

Just like the original Ford GT40 held a special place in Blue Oval and supercar fans’ hearts for 40 years, new Ford GT should be able to do the same among the new generation of car enthusiasts. It has all the prerequisites to do so. It’s powerful, fast, highly advanced, extremely good looking and just about perfectly executed. Only time will tell, but I predict GT will become a future collectible.

Chevrolet SS

It arrived quietly. It didn’t raise too many eyebrows while it was available. And it departed in the same manner as it arrived. Holden Commodore-derived Chevy SS is quite a car. Problem was, nobody was buying it. 4 full years in the market, and 4-door modern muscle car named after Chevrolet’s most famous performance badge, only managed to sell slightly north of 11,100 units. But give it time. When people realize what they’ve missed on, 415-horsepower sedan will warrant a premium sticker. Just watch.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

One doesn’t have to be clairvoyant in order to figure out one of the most extreme cars ever made will be a future collectible. With 840 horsepower, 770 pound-feet of twist and acceleration that’ll make your head spin, Dodge Challenger Demon is already almost impossible to buy. It’s not the price, though. It’s the drag strip king’s exclusivity. Only 3,300 of these speed demons will be produced, and you can bet they’ll all turn a profit down the line if maintained properly. Let’s wait and see how fast they’ll sell in the first place, though.

Jeep Wrangler

No matter how many revisions it’s gone through, Jeep Wrangler and its spiritual predecessors Jeep CJ’s were always among the coolest vehicles in the market. Not that it’s the only off-road SUV available, but Jeep Wrangler is simply the best choice. It’s affordable, capable and widely available. Feats neither of Wrangler’s competitors has managed to combine in a bundle. Furthermore, Wrangler is practically in a league of its own, and things will likely remain unchanged in that respect. Jeep simply cares more than other automakers when it comes to off-roading. After all, Jeep does have a certain reputation to uphold.

Ford F-150 Raptor

Speaking of off-roading, here’s one of the precious few vehicles that does it as good as Wrangler. Luckily for both Raptor and Wrangler, they aren’t in the same niche. Apart from being one of the best off-roading machines among American cars and trucks, F-150 Raptor is also ice cool. 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque don’t say it all. Raptor also possesses 10-speed auto trans, mandatory all-wheel drive, Fox Racing dampers, locking center differential and no less than 6 different available driving modes. In 20 years time, F-150 Raptor will be as cool as GMC Syclone is today, for instance.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

I just don’t see how Mazda Miata might become uncool anytime soon. Japanese would have to screw things up big time if they wanted to destroy favorite compact sports car’s reputation. I just don’t see that happening. MX-5 Miata only has to continue in its current direction, and all should take care of itself. As long as it’s affordable, nimble and fun, Miata will also be cool. In 20 years time, current Miata’s will be a perfect first time 2-seat sports car for those short on money.

Alfa Romeo 4C

It’s a 2-seat sports car just like Miata, but 4C is still different on so many levels. It’s mid-engined to begin with, and it produces 237 horsepower via 1.7L turbo four mill. Available as both a coupe and a roadster (4C Spider), Alfa Romeo’s oddball sports car appeals to certain group of people. People who don’t mind its track focus and sharp driving dynamics. In other words, 4C is a rare bird. That’s why it’ll always have its market in the future.

Acura NSX

It’s been a long ride, but Acura NSX is yet again among us. $150,000 supercar with hybrid powertrain worthy of 573 horsepower should remain popular for years to come. It certainly isn’t lacking any coolness. First generation models ran for 15 years and were lamented for quite a long time. If second generation manages to replicate its predecessor’s success, we might just be bashing each other’s heads trying to get our hands on one in the future. At least we could if NSX wasn’t that expensive.

Subaru WRX STI

Unlike its arch nemesis Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru WRX is still available to buy. Who knows what might happen in 20 years time, though. After all, isn’t the Lancer itself a good example? Anyway, expect people to compete fiercely for current WRX STI models in the future. 305-horsepower rally car with Subaru’s mandatory all-wheel drive is one of the best track/road/off-road combo cars out there. It can truly do almost everything and carries with itself a legacy that will never die.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

With so many special edition Mustangs to go around, it’s tough to predict which one’ll become a collectible one day. Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs certainly have all the necessary prerequisites to make it so. They draw plenty of power out of their 5.2L flat-plane-crank Voodoo V8. 526 ponies to be more precise. Not only that, but newest generation Shelby Mustangs are actually more than capable around the track. This makes them appealing to much wider selection of potential buyers. As if the sheer fact they can handle corners didn’t make them cool enough.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Just like Mustang, fiercest currently available Chevy Camaro can also handle corners. Camaro ZL1 isn’t just an accomplished track car. It’s also one of the fastest drag strip cars one can buy these days. With searing 650 ponies of heat coming out of 6.2L LT4 supercharged V8, Camaro ZL1 is capable of clocking a quarter mile in 11.9 seconds and accelerating to 60 mph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds. Pretty much any Camaro is cool, provided it’s actually good. And ZL1 is one of the best there ever were.

Nissan GT-R

If Nissan GT-R becomes half as popular as its predecessor Nissan Skyline, it should still be one of the coolest cars available in two decades time. It’ll never be as popular as the Skyline, though. Its price tag prevents it from becoming so. But add 20 years to current models, and they should become much more affordable affairs. How can 562-horsepower Japanese sports car not be popular, after all? And don’t forget the Nismo models which churn out as much as 592 ponies.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Rumors about Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee circulated for years. They’re rumors no more. Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is very much alive, and as expected, brings all of Hellcat engine’s 707 ponies and 645 lb-ft of torque to bear. Trackhawk is now the third most powerful Mopar vehicle. In fact, it’s the third most powerful American vehicle overall. The sheer thought of 5,363-pound SUV accelerating to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds is downright scary. I don’t think Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will lose much of well-earned respect 20 years from now.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t the only available off-road oriented pickup truck in the market. Don’t forget Toyota’s TRD Pro models, Ram Power Wagons, and especially the smaller Chevy Colorado ZR2. Although not in the limelight, Colorado ZR2 is a worthy opponent to larger Raptor. They might not be in the same niche, but ZR2 does almost everything Raptor can do, and does it admirably. Rear locking differential, Multimatic spool-valve shocks, 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque are just enough for any rough terrain. There aren’t many smaller pickups with off-road focus, so Colorado ZR2 should remain cool in the future.

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ

Toyota 86 is such a fun little sports car that Japanese manufacturer was finally forced to bring it into the U.S. market. Not that it was necessary. 2-door coupe was built in collaboration with Subaru, so there was always a way to get it – even with different badge donning its hood. Difference is in their engines. Although, it’s only a slight difference. Both cars sport 2.0L Subaru-designed boxer engine capable of generating up to 205 horsepower. Both will remain cool for years to come. They’ll only be more affordable with each passing year.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa’s returned to the U.S. shores, and they haven’t wasted any time. Giulia is one eye-popping Italian luxury sedan which currently flies under the radar. But there’s a performance version of the car that’ll certainly become a future classic. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio doesn’t just sport the four clover badge for nothing. Its 2.9L twin-turbo V6 raises a whopping 505 horsepower. Enough to propel it to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. With these specs, performance spec Giulia is poised on remaining cool for years to come.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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