Buy This Not That: The Best Cars To Buy When What You Really Want Isn’t an Option

Me With The 2025 Toyota 4Runner
Me with the 2025 Toyota 4Runner. Photo: Kymri Wilt Credit: Kymri Wilt

Is your dream car out of reach? Want a popular model that is still getting a premium over sticker price? Maybe the dealer says he just can’t get the car you want (he’s probably not telling the truth, by the way)? Don’t fret. There alternatives to the best cars on the road, of course!

When you realize that the car you want isn’t a realistic option, you have options. Here are some popular but hard-to-get or expensive cars and great alternatives that’ll put a smile on your face.

The Uber Popular Toyota 4Runner

The 2025 Toyota 4Runner. Photo: Scotty Reiss Best Cars Alternatives
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Best Cars Alternative: The Honda Passport

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Erica Mueller

Have Your Heart Set on a Land Rover Defender?

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Teia Collier

Best Cars Alternative: Lexus GX to the Rescue

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Ford Bronco Got Your Attention?

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Kim S.

Best Cars Alternative: Go Old School In a Jeep Wrangler

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Jill Robbins

Craving the Electric Mustang Life?

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Liv Leigh

Best Cars Alternative: Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y Best Cars Alternatives
Sara Lacey

Oh, Kia Telluride, How You Taunt Us

The 2023 Kia Telluride. 8-Passenger Suv Best Cars Alternatives
Scotty Reiss

Best Cars Alternative: Volkswagen Atlas

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Scotty Reiss

Toyota RAV4 Keeps Its Place at the Top of the Game

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Erica Mueller

Best Cars Alternative: Kia Sportage

The 2023 Kia Sportage Phev Best Cars Alternatives
Danyel Buie

How We’ve Longed for the Volvo EX30

The Front Of Volvo Ex30 Best Cars Alternatives
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Best Cars Alternative: Hyundai Ioniq 5

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Scotty Reiss

Journalist, entrepreneur and mom. Expertise includes new cars, family cars, 3-row SUVs, child passenger car seats and automotive careers... More about Scotty Reiss