With its year-round sunny skies, gorgeous beaches and trees lined with palm trees, Orange County is one of the trendiest and most gorgeous locations to live the glamorous high life. You would expect the residents of Orange County to get around in the most expensive of luxury cars but this isn’t always the case. Here are our top picks of cool cars to drive around The O.C
The Affordable Hyundai Sonata
The cities in Orange County are spread out and that means that residents here drive on the freeway on a frequent basis. Thus it makes perfect sense to drive a car that is efficient on gas. An affordable car with one of the best mileage in its class is the Hyundai Sonata. Gas mileage stands at an impressive 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the interstate; these are top numbers in the affordable midsize segment. Despite its low price tag, this car offers luxurious features such as the ability to integrate a Bluetooth device and XM Satellite radio. The Sonata is powered by a V6 with 198 hp. Even though it only sports a V4, this car still offers a substantial amount of power and acceleration due to its light size the Sonata is competitively priced at around $18,830 for the base model.
The Practical GMC Terrain
The GMC field is perfect for active Orange County families who like to spend a day shopping at the Irvine Spectrum or outdoors on Newport Beach thanks to its spacious cargo space at 31.6 cubics. The Terrain features an edgy front grille that is somewhat “truck-like”. Winning quality includes superior fuel savings, which is 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the freeway for the 4 cylinder model. There are two engine choices; a V4 2.4 Liter with 182 HP and a V6 3.0 Liter for a total output of 264 hp. Despite its affordable price of around the mid $24k range for the base model, the Terrain offers a refined interior which includes the ability to enter without a key, a USB port, XM satellite radio and even a rearview camera, a feature that is usually found on much more expensive cars.
The Edgy and Sporty Cadillac CTS
In a place where trendiness and coolness counts, you can’t get much cooler than the edgy and bold looking Cadillac CTS. This car makes a dramatic statement due to its angular shape and sharp lines. Whether you’re driving to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa or commuting to work in Irvine, you will definitely arrive in immaculate style in the CTS. This car is a total beast with enough power to outrace everyone else on the 405 freeway. Buyers have the option of selecting from two engines; a V6 3.6 Liter with 270 hp and an upgraded engine with 304 hp and 273 lb-feet of torque. Base cost is around the mid $34k range and may increase depending on the options selected.