2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Cars and Electronics

As Santa to get your accessory an accessory, a pair of badass rugged wireless speakers, and hit the road with a “practical sports car.”

By Stan Horaczek

UE Boom Wireless Speaker ($200)
There are more Bluetooth speaker options on the market than there are Daft Punk remixes, but the UE Boom is one of the best. It’s about the size of a large Red Bull can, but pumps out sound on par with speakers three-times its size. The Bluetooth connection streams music from more than 50-feet away. It’s even rugged and water-resistant, so you can use it at a summer pool party or for singing in the shower. Plus, two people can connect to it at once for interactive DJ duty.
2014 Nissan GT-R ($100,000 and up)

It starts at $100,000 and gets lousy mileage, but Nissan’s all-wheel-drive sports car is a street car that’s truly worthy of the track. The 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo engine puts out 545-hp. Each engine is assembled by a single technician before undergoing a series of rigorous tests including 10 minutes of constant redlining. The inside is just as sweet. There’s an 11-speaker Bose speaker system, a massive touchscreen display, and carbon fiber surfaces. It’s a comfortable ride with enough torque and grip to give you whiplash if you want it.

2014 Subaru BRZ ($25,595 and up)
The idea of a “practical sports car” sounds a bit lame on paper, but Subaru’s BRZ makes it work. The price starts at just over $25,000 and it gets 34 MPG highway, but its body has a full-on sports car aesthetic. It’s a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive car, powered by Subaru’s 2.0-liter Boxer engine, so you actually have to drive and can get it sideways if that’s what you desire. Inside, it has leather-trim, Bluetooth, voice-activated GPS, and keyless entry, all of which you’d expect from a sports car … Only this one doesn’t cost more than your house. And your neighbor’s house.


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