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Aston Martin Rapide

New: An Aston Martin for the (small) family.

Noteworthy: Gorgeous styling has allowed Aston Martin's first four-door in ages to avoid any controversy about adding a sedan to its sports car lineup. The Rapide's rear seats, however, aren't exactly commodious -- tight head- and legroom make the rear seats cramped for adults of any size, and slipping gracefully through the small door openings takes serious practice. From the driver's seat, though, it's hard to argue with the stylish Rapide's swift acceleration and excellent handling.

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE: $201,300
Specs: 5.9L V-12, 470 hp, 443 lb-ft; rear-wheel drive

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