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posted on June 30th, 2016

American cars have attitude. They get fired up easily, they don’t care to look responsible, and if you try to fence them in, they’ll growl darkly and head out west into the sunset. This Fourth of July, whether you take a brooding sojourn on a one-lane highway or charge toward your heroic destiny with family and friends in tow, show off your rebel spirit in these American cars.

Adam’s Dodge Challenger

This one doesn’t talk much. It prefers open desert highways, and the occasional stop for a High Life, no glass. But you’ll get more than you expect from the performance, and despite its tough looks, this car’s interior is as comfortable and roomy as a grandmother’s quilt.

Provo, UT
Provo, UT

Sang’s Cadillac Escalade

You’ve always dreamed of a presidential entrance, and this is the vehicle that gives you the POTUS look. It’s as demure as the trustiest bodyguard, and has plenty of room for your entire entourage, because there can’t be turmoil in your cabinet.

Annandale, VA

Did’s Chevrolet Pickup

Like the grandfather you never had, this tough guy will take you fishing, teach you to canoe, show you the best swimming holes, and maybe even let you wear its favorite hat. And it still looks slicker than Paul Newman on one of those long hot summer afternoons.

Mill Valley, CA
Mill Valley, CA

Ryan’s Dodge Viper

This Viper is not for the average wallflower and does not blend in with the crowd. It might as well be sporting a pompadour and swaying its hips, which makes it the perfect partner for going out on the town. Yes, it is fast and loud and smooth as hell, but it’s a loyal sucker and it’ll never head home without you.

Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ

David’s Ford F-150

Everybody loves a lumberjack. This one is powerful, keeps a well-trimmed beard, and looks good in checkered flannel. It’s got enough room to carry your baggage and your crew safely into rugged terrain, and it goes light on fuel, so one All-American Denny’s special will get you farther than you think.

Wheat Ridge, CO
Wheat Ridge, CO

John’s Ford Mustang

This classic Mustang is a firm believer in all things vintage. It’ll impress you with its collection of vinyl and cameras. You’ll pull out your leather jacket for this one, and after it takes you to see a restored Orson Welles print, you too, will be convinced that even romance was better back in the day.

San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

Mina’s Ford Crown Victoria

Embrace the sheriff power of the Crown Victoria. Watch with self-satisfied amusement from behind the tinted windows, as the road miraculously clears around you.

San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA

Jeff’s Pontiac Solstice

Classier than the Rat Pack, the Solstice lives for performance. It leaves everything its got on the road, but still wants to make sure its hair looks good afterward. So when those quick Hawaiian storms blow in, you can always put the top up and get cozy.

Honolulu, HI
Honolulu, HI

Artsiom’s Chevrolet Camaro

You’ve seen this car before, squinting into the sun across the street from your work, like it’s got something else on its mind, some other place it’s been meaning to go. So has everyone; nobody can miss its sharp looks. The next time it skips town, it’s high time you went along to see where it takes you.

Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Thomas’ Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to drive Superman, this Corvette Stingray is your answer. It flies with grace and ease, and it’s undeniable that it would be even more impressive clad in spandex.

Franklin, TN
Franklin, TN

This Independence Day, when you’re looking for a car to get you to the ultimate long-weekend destination, think about one of these cars with true American character.

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and an editorial assistant at Turo. She is always on the hunt for a strange story, a great snack, and the perfect outdoor spot to consume them.