Quick Stats: Carlos Mencia, comedian and actor
Daily Driver:2009 Range Rover (Carlos' rating: 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: 2008 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, 1967 VW Karmann Ghia, 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500, 1993 Nissan Pathfinder (see below for his ratings)
Favorite road trip: East Los Angeles to Huntington Beach
Car he learned to drive in: 1978 Ford Pinto
First car bought:1970s Datsun 510
Comedian Carlos Mencia has been busy touring 80 cities this year, and he's working on a new film "Family Wedding" in which he's a lead, opposite Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera.
In between gigs, he's been making time for cars -- amassing new ones and racing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. As the self-described equal-opportunity offender sounds off on the auto industry and tells his own car stories, it's apparent the naturally funny Mencia could create a whole stand-up act about cars.
The newest addition to his car collection is the 2009 Range Rover, which he rates a 9.5, just short of a perfect 10. "I love its driving flexibility, the fuel consumption, the comfort and space of the interior," he says. "The only thing I wish it had is 50 more horsepower. If it did, it would be a perfect car for me."
Before that, his daily driver was a 2008 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which he rates a 10 because it's the best value for the money. "I love that car. It's as fast than any of the fast sports cars, 0 to 60. The horsepower is sick." Before he switched to the E63, he had an E55 AMG, and he's upgrading to the new E63.
He says his E63 can take on any sports car, yet it's also a comfortable four-door family car, so it's the best of both worlds. "When you roll up in that, people that know AMG performance, they're like, 'Hey that's an AMG, oh my god, that's awesome!' It has everything to offer that cars in its class don't."