As they traverse foreign planets, the heroes and villains of "Star Wars" cruise around on speeders, podracers, and even tauntauns. But if the next intergalactic battle was staged on Planet Earth, Suburbans may replace sandcrawlers, and head-to-head competitions would call for sports cars instead of starfighters.
Whether Han Solo wants to trade in his Millennium Falcon to support a new Earth-bound smuggling operation, or should the latest Jedi knight need an auto that's both stealthy and swift, we've got them covered. These are the best cars for "Star Wars."
Princess Leia: Land Rover Range Rover
Princess Leia may be royalty, but she's no delicate flower. The perfect ride for her must be suited for the upper class and still be ready to rumble. Enter the Land Rover Range Rover.
This SUV has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that's fast enough to outrun Imperial guards. Its full-time four-wheel drive features a Terrain Response system to navigate the most challenging of terrains, whether you are crossing the frozen wastelands of Hoth, or plotting a course through Endor's undeveloped wilderness. Even when crossing unhospitable landscape, Princess Leia will still be getting the royal treatment, with the Range Rover's exceptional Meridian sound system and supple leather seats (12-way power adjustments and heated front seats are standard, or add-on massaging front seats to get a ride fit for royalty.
Han Solo: Ram 1500 Rebel
Han Solo has no need for something as fancy as Leia's Land Rover. What he needs is a vehicle tough enough to take a beating: the Ram 1500 Rebel. With this crew cab pickup, Solo will have enough room for his first mate, Chewbacca, along with three or four fugitives.
The rogue will also have a good feeling when he's ready to load his truck. Extra compartments store contraband in the bed rails and underneath the cabin floor. If Solo wants more room, he can switch to a different Ram 1500 crew cab model, which increases the bed to 6-foot 4-inches without losing passenger space.
Chewbacca: GMC Yukon
It isn't known if Chewbacca ever had any mini Wookiees. But it's easy to imagine that – on the weekends, away from the blasters and battles – this hairy sidekick is a regular family guy. A minivan is too tame for Chewie, but he'd definitely be winning in a GMC Yukon.
The Yukon was picked as the 2016 Best Large SUV for Families, in part because of convenient technology like a hands-free liftgate and a proximity key to automatically unlock doors. Plus, Chewbacca can keep his fuzzballs out of his hair with the Yukon's included 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and nine-speaker Bose audio system. The only thing Chewbacca would need to add to this family wagon is a lint roller.
Yoda: Kia Soul
"Choose what is right, not what is easy," Yoda says. By picking the Kia Soul, any Padawan struggling between the two principles will be following the right path. That's because the Soul is both, and (just like Master Yoda) has more than meets the eye packed into its compact frame.
For example, a starting price of $15,900 positions the Soul as an affordable car, but this hatchback offers far more than just rudimentary comforts. Features such as a one-touch power window for the driver, Bluetooth connectivity, and controls mounted on the steering wheel are all standard. The Soul's name is also fitting. And with more than 10 different paint options, every member of the Jedi council can select one that complements their character. For Yoda, it would be “Alien 2” green.
He's small. He's tenacious. His dialogue consists solely of boops and beeps. This is BB-8: one of the newest droids in "Star Wars." And he's going to need a Mazda3.
The Mazda3 is the zoom zoomiest of all the Mazda sedans. Its energetic 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and agile handling are indispensable for any member of the resistance that's evading First Order fighters. Performance-wise, the Mazda3 may be the closest thing to a speeder on four wheels, with push-button start, smartphone integration (which also reads text messages aloud), and a head up display that looks like a gunsight adding to its spacecraft-like qualities.
Rey: Jeep Grand Cherokee
It's all about utility for Rey. As she scavenges through the Starship Graveyard, Rey needs a vehicle that can hold her plunder while also traversing the unpaved desert landscape that surrounds the Niima Outpost. Her meager earnings disqualify many SUVs with serious four-wheel drive abilities (like the Toyota Land Cruiser).
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, is both proficient off-pavement and affordable. Since Rey works alone, she'll have no need for the rear seats. Folding these flat gives her 68.3 feet of total cargo space to hold all her poached goods. By adding the available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and the tow package, Rey could also haul up to 7,400 pounds of scrap metal with the Grand Cherokee.
Boba Fett: Nissan GT-R
As of now, no car can pivot upright, traveling on point as Boba Fett's Slave I spacecraft does. But, if this infamous bounty hunter ever found himself tracking a fugitive to planet Earth, he would feel at home behind the wheel of a Nissan GT-R.
Though it's categorized as a luxury sports car, the GT-R doesn't contain many indulgences. This will suit Boba Fett just fine, as he'll be more impressed by the Nissan's sleek profile (perfect for staying under the radar) than any leather or wood trimmings. Rated at 545 horsepower, the GT-R's standard turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine is plenty powerful. But to catch the fastest criminals, Boba Fett should opt for the NISMO trim, which boosts the GT-R's output to 600 horsepower.
Dark Helmet: Tesla Model X
Before you protest that Dark Helmet is not an actual "Star Wars" character, appearing in neither the movies nor any spin-off series, keep this in mind: Without "Star Wars," there would be no "Spaceballs" (where Dark Helmet parodies Darth Vader). And without "Spaceballs," there would be no Ludicrous Mode.
When he wants to travel even faster than light speed, Dark Helmet orders his colonel to accelerate to ludicrous speed. If he wants to skyrocket from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds on land, all Dark Helmet has to do is engage Ludicrous Mode on his Tesla Model X. For extra ventilation, the satirical evil leader could benefit by outfitting his oversized helmet with a set of falcon flaps, mirroring the rear doors on the Model X.
Luke Skywalker: Audi A6
If Uncle Owen's farm was in Texas instead of Tatooine, young Luke Skywalker would have been barreling down back roads in a pickup instead of a landspeeder. But when he transitioned from a farmer to a Jedi, Luke can no longer use a work truck. He needs a hero's car.
The Audi A6 has all the qualities of a hero: First, it's built to protect. With a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Top Safety Pick Plus label from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the A6 is one of the safest midsize cars available. This Audi is also ready for action, thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, crisp steering, and powerful brakes. Yoda – who taught Luke how to pay attention to the invisible Force – would also be pleased with the root of Audi's name, which was derived from the Latin word for "listen."
Darth Vader: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Though it has been more than 30 years since Darth Vader has appeared in a "Star Wars" movie, his ability to intimidate endures. Should this villain ever return, he will need a vehicle that is similarly uncompromising and steadfast.
In his prime, Darth Vader would have struck fear in the hearts of both allies and enemies if he was behind the wheel of a late 60s Chevrolet Corvette. Its throaty 427-cubic inch engine would have announced Vader's presence far before the crossed flags badge became visible. Today, the Dark Lord would still be able to find satisfaction with this car. The commanding 2016 Corvette Z06 uses a 650-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that will provoke panic in any adversary.
Kylo Ren: Cadillac CTS-V
Like his grandfather, Kylo Ren needs an intimidating set of wheels. But while Darth Vader is old-school evil in tune with a classic badge, Kylo Ren will be best served by more modern tech. Give this young former Jedi a Cadillac CTS-V.
The V signifies the high-performance version of this sedan, swapping the stock 268-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a formidable 640-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8. The Cadillac's nimble steering and adaptive suspension help keep this monster under control. If Kylo Ren can fully embrace the power of the Cadillac, together they could fulfill Ren's promise to finish what his grandfather started.
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