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Roadshow's guilty pleasure cars for 2018

Meet the cars we can't help but love, even if we really shouldn't.

CNET Cars staff
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
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Roadshow's guilty pleasure cars

There are plenty of things that we love even though we know we shouldn't. We go see Channing Tatum movies, we order our food "Animal Style" and we refuse to throw out those old ratty Vans that are covered in holes.

Guilty pleasures exist in the automotive world, too. Here are the cars that our editors hate to admit they love.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C
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Andrew Krok's pick: 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

Why he loves it:

"It's engaging to drive and it sounds like a turbocharged whoopee cushion without a muffler."

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C
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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"It drives like absolute garbage on any non-track surface, and every inch of tech inside is embarrassingly bad... especially for a car that costs as much as the Alfa."

2018 BMW X6 M
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Jon Wong's pick: 2018 BMW X6 M

Why he loves it:

"It's a nearly 5,200-pound vehicle capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds thanks to a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8, and it has racetrack-worthy handling capabilities."

2018 BMW X6 M
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2018 BMW X6 M

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"The X6 is simply a horrible looking car. Why would someone choose one over the more practical (and cheaper) X5 M?"

2018 Chevrolet Spark
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Kyle Hyatt's pick: 2018 Chevrolet Spark

Why he loves it:

"With a tiny engine and a long-throw manual transmission, it's work to drive but it's also a blast to wring out without the risk of going to prison."

2018 Chevrolet Spark
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2018 Chevrolet Spark

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"It's weird-looking, cheaply made, sounds kind of terrible and feels like it's occasionally going to tip over."

2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
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Emme Hall's pick: 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth

Why she loves it:

"The exhaust note is great, the steering is quick and you can get it as a convertible. It's the most fun you can have for under $20,000."

2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
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2018 Fiat 500 Abarth

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"I mean, it's a Fiat. There is next to nothing in terms of tech, reliability isn't expected to be the best and it's not practical for all but the most minimalist of drivers."

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
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Steven Ewing's pick: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Why he loves it:

"It's got that Beverly Hills, Range Rover-esque look, it's really nicely appointed and hell, it'll still ford a river if you ask it to."

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"This thing is totally silly, but it's a droptop you can truly drive in all four seasons. Most people don't see it as a weird Evoque -- folks I've talked to simply refer to it as a 'droptop Range Rover.'"

2018 Lotus Evora 400
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Tim Stevens' pick: 2018 Lotus Evora

Why he loves it:

"Such sweet handling and the kind of driver feedback you won't find anywhere outside of a Lotus."

2018 Lotus Evora 400
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2018 Lotus Evora

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"It's too expensive, looks a bit bland compared to the Elise and, worst of all, shares a motor with a Camry."

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
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Chris Paukert's pick: 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Why he loves it:

"In addition to being wonderfully capacious, the Sprinter is genuinely good to drive. I should know, I've had one on a gymkhana course, I've moved with one, and I've even driven one to the Arctic Circle in the dead of winter."

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"... It's a cargo van."

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition
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Jake Holmes' pick: 2018 Nissan 370Z

Why he loves it:

"The 370Z still looks, feels, sounds and drives like a genuine sports car."

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition
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2018 Nissan 370Z

Why it's a guilty pleasure:

"On the other hand, the Z is outdated in terms of tech, civility and performance compared to its many rivals."

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