What are you doing with your return?
According to the Motley Fool, this year's average taxpayer received a refund of $2,833. For most of us, that's a lot of dough – and, of course, the smart thing to do is save it, but where's the fun in that? For that kind of money, you could buy approximately 944 lattes, an 86-inch flat screen TV, or a hell-of-a-night in Atlantic City.
Okay, so maybe those aren't the smartest choices ... but if you're the type who just can't hang onto your return, why not at least spend it on something that's both fun and useful, like a new car?
Having a nice car is one of life's greatest joys. Not only is it your ticket to freely travel wherever you please, but it's something you'll most likely use every day – sometimes for a few hours. It might even be your escape pod, your meditation room, and your quiet lunch area for those days at work when you question why you do what you do. Other times, it's the tool that takes you, your family, or your friends on epic adventures upstate or to the beach. It truly is the ultimate accessory to your life.
So, in my opinion, it is, in fact, something you should spend money on and relish in. With that, here are three different vehicles at four different price points we'd recommend.
On the pricier side, we recommend the Audi A6.
Audi sedans have always been a nice place to be, but the new A6? It's on a whole new level. The technology is so beautifully integrated into this car that it's just begging to be used, and it's a true luxury car, as every single thing you come into contact with just feels quality. On the outside, it's conservative, handsome, and easily blends in with the crowd, which is a good thing for those looking to fly under the radar. 60 miles-per-hour comes in about five seconds and it's controlled and flat in the corners, which is impressive for a car of this size. However, if you're not comfortable working gadgets and gizmos, this may not be the car for you, but just know it's well worth learning. Right now you can lease one for about $598 a month.
For the budget-minded, we recommend the Kia Telluride.
As exciting as the new Stinger is, we know some of you are more practical-minded, and thus, we have to recommend the Telluride. Kia, as a brand, has made some serious strides in elevating the brand – not just from a design standpoint, but from a quality standpoint, too. And the new Telluride? It's an all-around winner. Kia has been recruiting the brains behind some of our favorite Audis and BMWs, and it shows. From what we've read, the new Telluride is an absolute joy to drive, and if you can see past the brand thing, you can lease one for $309 per month.
For those who just want to get out there, we recommend the GMC Canyon.
Mid-size pickups are making a comeback, and rightfully so. Because they're smaller and more efficient, they're about as practical as it gets for day-to-day life. Plus, having a pickup bed makes transporting sand-covered beach gear a much tidier endeavor. In short, Jeep just released the Gladiator, and Nissan just announced they'd be redesigning the Frontier, meaning the market for these things is getting increasingly competitive -- and that's great news for the consumer. We appreciate the Canyon for its handsome looks, simplicity, and the way it feels on the road. One of these will set you back $279 per month.
For those looking for a great all-arounder, we recommend the Ford Escape.
The Escape has been around now for a while, for a good reason. This is the quintessential crossover. Good mannered on the road, punchy engine, efficient, and enough space/utility to live an active lifestyle. Because they've been out a while, in a segment that's quickly growing, Escapes are priced competitively at $227 per month, so they're worth giving a once over.
What are your thoughts? What would you recommend and why? Let us know in the comments.