I think you're forgetting who is supposed to use the car. Elf would look so out of place, especially in the Evo. Elf, there are only a couple of things you need to consider when buying a car that you only use to get from A to B. Safety: Don't know the official US safety rating is, but I'm sure they have a website, just like euroncap.com. Mileage: Even if you're loaded it's common sense to not waste money on a gas guzzler. Maintenance: Baiscally two things to consider here; does the car have a history of breaking down and how much does parts cost should it break down. German cars are usually very reliable, but their parts are expensive if they do break. Japanese cars are equally reliable and usually cheaper on parts. Personal taste: The biggest factor when buying a car is buying the one you like. Take all the candidates for a test drive and make sure you really like the one you choose. Nothing sucks more than buying a car and then regretting not buying a different one. Now if you were to be a car aficionado or have special work related needs for your, then it would be a different scenario. From the cars you mentioned my money would be on the Freelander, although if I could pick freely I would go with Smash and the BMW M5.