Ferrari California: Pay homage to 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' in a Ferrari California while cruising down Rush Street in the late afternoon/early evening during the summertime. You'll be in good company with all of the other six-figure super cars that are casually parked along this stretch. While the area has a nickname derived from a certain male enhancement drug, it is most certainly the place to be seen in a California.
Volkswagen Beetle: Travel down Lake Shore Drive in a Volkswagen Beetle while blasting Aliotta, Jeremiah and Hayne's "Lake Shore Drive" from the sound system. The song will take you back 40 years in time when the Beetle was regularly seen on this stretch of road. Its compact size and nimble handling is appropriate for negotiating the turns, merges and has enough acceleration to get out of the way of someone not paying attention.
Chevrolet Traverse: Chicago is a city of pot holes, plain and simple. The freeze/defrost cycle creates some serious whoppers when least expected. The Traverse has the suspension to handle the bone-shattering bumps with panache while its all-wheel-drive gets you through snow, rain and slush without a hitch.
Buick LaCrosse: Do you find yourself spending inordinate amounts of time on the Edens, Kennedy, Eisenhower or Dan Ryan? Then the LaCrosse is the answer. Powerful enough to keep up with the crowd, but plenty of comfort to make that ride a little less wearisome. The cabin is insulated so you won't have to listen to the jackhammer going non-stop while you're stuck in construction traffic.
Smart Car: The Smart Car is great for those who tend to stay in-town. Its economical size and gas mileage mean that you won't have to suffer from gas guzzling while driving in stop-and-go traffic that is Chicago. An added bonus is its size, which means you'll be able to park in places other cars don't even dare to consider.
- Auto.com Editorial Staff