Other cars

1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Rating: 9
Mencia's other head-turning ride is his restored silver Karmann Ghia, which once belonged to his wife's grandmother. "I didn't trick it out big time. I was going to put a Porsche engine in there, and we didn't do any of that. It's a cool little old relic. It's awesome. I love driving that car."

It's hard to rate a classic. "That's the kind of car that, when I drive it around -- I've had people in Ferraris pull up and go, 'Damn, that's a nice car.' It's got the little Volkswagen engine in it, but it's a Karmann Ghia."

In that same era, Mencia would give a perfect 10 to a 1964 Porsche convertible, for which he is always in the market. "That one's the only car that makes me say, 'Man, if I ever get the opportunity, I'm definitely going to get my hands on that one.'"

2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Rating: 8.5
This brawny pickup is the dream machine for Mencia, especially when hauling his motorcycles. "That thing has all the power, it's got the turbo engine, it's quiet," he says. "It's an unbelievable machine. I love, love driving it. My father has the diesel, an older model. It's really loud. You can hear it from two blocks away, and it goes 'click click click.' You know what's funny? I turn mine on, and it's almost like a car."

2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500
Rating:
9
This is the ultimate family car and with trite nouns such as "driveability" and reliability," Mencia makes up a new word to describe a car - his ML500 has "get up-ability." "You don't need that kind of power, yet my wife loves it," he says. "When I get in there, I don't feel like I'm getting into a minivan or a family SUV. It's not too big, it doesn't use too much gas. It's a really great car. I don't want to kiss Mercedes' ass, but I'm telling you, man, they build good stuff."

1993 Nissan Pathfinder
Rating: 10
Mencia bought the Pathfinder when he made enough money from his comedy career. "It's a piece of crap," he laughs. "But it's sentimental to me. That's the car I lend to my family whenever they need cars. It's a car that floats around and in that respect it's a 10. Only because it stops me from having to rent cars for people. And my family ends up loving me so much, because I will always have something for them to travel in. Except for my one sister who's a little arrogant. I tell her to come get the Pathfinder, she'd rather not. 'Why can't I drive the pickup?' I say, 'Because I'm using it. It's the Pathfinder or nothing!'"