12 Every Day Cars Race Car Drivers Love (And 13 They Wouldn't Touch)

While race cars can give you a thrill the on track, they are not ideal for a daily commute. It is not easy to drive race cars at all times, even if it may be for a race car driver. And no matter how multi-talented racers are, they definitely have different choices when it comes to their everyday cars. They might prefer super-fast luxury vehicles, but even the speediest ones aren't quite like race cars. They want to take home something comfortable, spacious, reliable, and economical.

Most race car drivers prefer to drive something that is at least a little sporty but can be used for everyday use. Being able to commute with ease is the goal, it has to make life easier. This everyday car should be built in a way that it can help make the daily commute through the city traffic a much quicker and a faster experience.

Race car drivers prefer cars that can give you less stressful drives, more comfort and are reliable for a longer time. Race cars may be highly unreliable, but reliability is a major factor for daily drivers. The looks and design cues of commuters cars also matter when it comes to everyday cars.

Read on to learn more about the everyday cars that race car drivers love to drive, cars that are sports cars but can still be used for driving on a daily basis.

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25 They Love: Mercedes ML63 AMG

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The Mercedes ML63 AMG is a luxury SUV which feels like a sports car. It is powered by a hand-built, 6.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V8 engine that produces around 510 horsepower.

This monster machine comes with an off-roader mode that makes the driving experience even more fun.

The Mercedes -Benz ML63 AMG offers both comfortable and stiff rides, even on bumpy roads, because of its high-tech suspension modes. It is amazingly quick and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 5.9 seconds. This machine provides a safe and secure ride for all the passengers in it.

24 They Love: Infiniti FX50

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The Infiniti FX50 is built by the luxury branch of Nissan and is an SUV which has unusual looks and comes with a 5.0-liter V8 engine. Despite being less powerful when compared to other luxury brands' SUVs, it is still relatively quick and can get from a 0 to 60mph in 5.8 seconds. This luxury car comes with many impressive features like 360-degree wide angle parking, paint that fixes its own scratch and much more. The interior of the Infiniti FX50 is spacious and comfortable and can give pleasurable long drives.

23 They Love: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

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The Mercedes-Benz C63 is the ultimate C Class car from Mercedes. It comes with a hand-built, 4.0-liter V8 engine with a bi-turbo setup that produces up to 457 horsepower.

The acceleration speed from 0 to 60 mph of this luxury sedan is 4.1 seconds.

It gives an agile driving experience for the driver which makes it one of the best everyday cars. It also has a relatively sporty interior that makes the driving experience more like a sports car. The control and stability of the machine are great as it has reliable suspension modes.

22 They Love: Mercedes-Benz GL Class

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This full-size luxury SUV comes with an off-road mode that makes driving fun. This machine has received huge popularity in the market and the sales record for this machine is high when compared to its competitors. For an everyday-use car, it has high fuel economy for its class. It is powered by a V8 engine that produces 335 horsepower. It is spacious and comes with a quality build which makes your rides more comfortable. It is loaded with features which makes it great for a daily commute.

21 They Love: Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a high-performance sports car which can be used for a daily commute. This beast is one of the most powerful 911s ever made and it is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six turbocharged engine that produces up to 700 horsepower.

Even with the high costs, this beast has been a best-seller all over the world.

It gives a stiffer ride on uneven surfaces which helps to make it stable. Without a doubt, this was one of the best cars everybody loved. This can be used as a daily commute car as it is easy to handle.

20 They Love: Ferrari 288 GTO

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The Ferrari 288 GTO is a sports car, though it is about as close to a race car as they come. It is powered by a 2.8-liter V8 engine and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in about 5 seconds. This is one of the most powerful machines of its period. Only 272 were built which makes it extremely rare and it is one of the most powerful cars that can be used for any daily commute. The interior is luxurious and spacious. It's not just race car drivers who fell in love with this monster but the entire rest of the world as well.

19 They Love: Fiat Croma

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The first generation of this car was launched in 1985 and production came to a halt in the year 1996. The production of these cars was then reinstated in the year 2005 and lasted till 2011.

This was one of the most reliable cars of its period and it was great for daily commutes.

It is powered by a 1.9-liter inline-four engine which produces up to 150 horsepower. It comes at an affordable cost which makes it an easy option to buy. The fuel economy is also very solid.

18 They Love: Maserati Gransport

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The Maserati Gransport is a sporty grand tourer and the perfect combination of luxury and power. Launched in 2004, it takes most of its design and engineering from its predecessor the Maserati Coupe. The Gransport is powered by a V8 engine which produces up to 395 horsepower at 7,000 RPM. It has a comfortable, spacious interior which makes it one of the best cars for everyday use. It can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in about 4.85 seconds which is impressively fast.

17 They Love: Ford Focus RS

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Launched in 2015, the Ford Focus RS was a compact hatchback that was powered by a powerful turbocharged V4 engine that produces up to 350 horsepower. It could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in around 4.7 seconds.

The Ford Focus RS has four-wheel drive with improved suspension when compared to its earlier versions, making it more stable and reliable.

It's agile and cost-efficient for its class and has many awesome features. Production of the RS came to a halt in April 2018.

16 They Love: McLaren MP4-12C

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The McLaren MP4-12C could give you a high-performance daily drive both in and out of the city. It is a sports car but makes everyday commuting very easy. Powered by a potent twin-turbo V8 engine that produces up to 616 horsepower, although the cost of this exotic sports car might be on the higher end, it is totally worth the drive. It can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in about 3.1 seconds which makes it an amazingly quick vehicle.

15 They Love: Cadillac XT5

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The Cadillac XT5 was launched in 2016 as a mid-size luxury compact car that was considered one of the best sellers in the world. It is powered by a 3.65-liter V6 engine that produces up to 310 horsepower.

This lightweight monster gives high performance and a highly efficient driving experience.

The size of it makes it easy to drive for everyday use. The spacious interior makes the ride comfortable. It is one car that focuses mainly on luxury and comfort for a pleasurable ride.

14 They Love: Ferrari 458 Italia

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The Ferrari 458 Italia has bagged many awards in its short lifespan. It is one of the best performance cars in the world and has a pumped-up V8 engine which gives out 562 horsepower. It is an extremely reliable and stable car and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. If there is one thing that keeps this car from being the top choice of daily driver for anyone, it would have to be its extremely high price point—even when its segment in the market is taken into account.

13 They Wouldn't Touch: Pontiac G5

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The Pontiac G5 is one of those cars that a race car driver wouldn't touch. It is essentially a rebadged version of Chevrolet Cobalt. The interior of this car is very tight. It lacks space and comfort. The performance of Pontiac G5 was solid despite a noisy 2.2-liter V4 engine. Despite the rates being cheap and having solid fuel economy, this car had poor sales as it had some other drawbacks. The handling was poor and it had tight steering making it difficult for the daily commute.

12 They Wouldn't Touch: Hummer H2

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There is a common misconception that a Hummer H2 has the chassis of Chevy Tahoe which is not true. It lacks comfort and luxury, and was a relatively cheaper version when compared to the original Hummer H1.

The driving experience is not that great for its class and the visibility through the windows are poor as the windows are narrow.

It has poor suspension modes for this monstrous machine which can make long rides bumpy. It still had a great ground clearance for off-roading. It was simply an overrated car.

11 They Wouldn't Touch: Chevy Trailblazer

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Although the Chevrolet Trailblazer is a really good car with high performance, pick up, features and looks, it is still a car which race car drivers wouldn't like as it is extremely heavy. It is a heavy machine which has a curb weight of over 4,500 pounds. This makes it really difficult to commute around the city traffic on an everyday basis. This machine received mixed reviews at the time of its launch and later the production of this vehicle was discontinued as it lost its reputation.

10 They Wouldn't Touch: Ford Ranger

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Ford Ranger was one of the successful models yet it had some minor problems which made it a bad choice for a race car driver.

The reliability of the car was highly questionable and it was unstable, as well.

For long-term use, this car might not be up to the mark as the machine might come up with some issues relatively quickly. Apart from this, the get-up and performance of the car are good. The build quality is not as good as its competitors in the market, though.

9 They Wouldn't Touch: SsangYong Rodius

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Apart from the performance, reliability, and stability of this car, it is still one of the cars that a race car driver wouldn't drive. The reason behind that is not the pickup or acceleration but its exterior styling. This car has one of the most ridiculous car stylings ever. It has even bagged many sarcastic awards for its poor styling. Many car enthusiasts and car experts claim this to the ugliest cars ever built which is the reason why many race car drivers would not prefer this car.

8 They Wouldn't Touch: Jeep Compass

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The Jeep Compass was known for its exterior looks. It is stylish and looked muscular. But this was one of the failed cars in Britain. Driving experience on a Jeep Compass was poor.

The handling was poor and the reliability was bad.

This was the main reason that race car drivers would not prefer this car. Although it has a high sales record in the US market it was not a race car driver favorite. The machine got a poor rating for its safety features.

7 They Wouldn't Touch: Jaguar X-Type

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After being launched in the year 2001, this car was a total disaster. It was considered to be one of the worst cars ever built by Jaguar. It bagged many titles and special reviews in many automotive magazines for being the worst car. It had a poor interior, the engine was weak, and the reliability of the car was highly dubious which made it one of the worst cars ever. It was considered underbuilt for a Jaguar and overpriced for its driving experience which makes it one of the bad cars for a race car driver.

6 They Wouldn't Touch: Lincoln Blackwood

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The Lincoln Blackwood was considered one of the oddest pickup truck design decisions ever. This machine was a failure in the market which ended up leading to cancellation of the production of the truck.

It was simply not serving the purpose of utility as buyers expected it to.

It also lacked off-road capability which was considered as a major drawback. This vehicle was said to be the reason for the decline of the Lincoln brand.

5 They Wouldn't Touch: Renault Avantime

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Renault wanted to bring in more luxury for its reboot of the older Escape. By trying to bring in luxury for this car, however, the result was a machine that was considered a huge failure. The sales of this vehicle dropped and it was one of the biggest flops in industry history. The production of the car eventually came to a halt as it was hitting the worst sales records ever. The performance of this machine was pretty awful, which contributed to its fabulous failure. Without a doubt, this machine will never be preferred by a race car driver.

4 They Wouldn't Touch: Renault Vel Satis

Renault Vel Satis joins the list of the worst cars built by Renault ever. The comfort of this machine was applauded by car experts and enthusiasts but the performance of this machine was poor. The handling of this car was unfortunate and the steering was too tight for commuting, which made it one of the really difficult cars to ride in. It faced a lot of criticism for having a poor design and for its bumpy rides. The suspension was uncomfortable which made it really not worthy for long drives.

3 They Wouldn't Touch: Rover CityRover

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The Rover CityRover was a rebadged version of the Tata Indica. It had poor build quality which made it one of the worst cars of its era. Not limited to just the build quality, it also had many other drawbacks like poor performance and handling.

The handling of this machine left a lot to be desired which made it really difficult for everyday commuting.

The prices of these cars were also high which made it overrated for a car of its class. The CityRover was considered a small car with poor qualities which is the reason that makes this car a bad choice for a race car driver.

2 They Wouldn't Touch: Chrysler Crossfire

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This sports car faced lots of criticism from car experts and car reviewers for its poor build quality and cheap interior, among other things. It was also claimed to be an ugly looking car in its period. The steering design made the handling very slow and the everyday convenience of this car was a major concern. The sales of these machines also dropped and the cars had to be ended. Without a doubt, these cars are not preferred by race car drivers as they are simply overrated.

1 They Wouldn't Touch: Dodge Nitro

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The Dodge Nitro was one of the least successful models to be launched in 2007. The boxy SUV was poor in terms of handling as it had too-tight steering. This machine lacked comfort and space, and was cramped so going on long drives was a bad experience.

It was also considered a slow machine as it had poor pickup and acceleration speed.

It also bagged many titles and recognition for being the worst car on road. Race car drivers wouldn't even touch these machines as they have poor capabilities both on and off-road.

Sources: cnbc.com, cars.usnews.com, complex.com.

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