Fun-to-drive automobiles are not limited to the exotic and supercar sportscars like the Enzo and the Murcielago. They come a lot cheaper and possess an exceptional combination of aesthetics, powerful acceleration, agility, and other features that make them truly entertaining to drive. From stylish coupes to sporty hatchbacks, these top 5 fun cars to drive are sure to satisfy enthusiasts looking for their biggest toy.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has garned name rcognition as an absolute steal at $21,000, beating higher priced sports cars like the Nissan 370Z in the handling department. It is also the only car in this price range with an automatic retractable hardtop. Publications call this fun-to-drive because of its weight distribution (half and half for front and rear which is not common) and smooth ride despite a lack of power. One of the few downsides though is its cramped cabin. Those over 6 feet tall will be hard pressed to sit comfortably.
Another Mazda makes the list. The Mazda3 is distinguished by its 0 to 60 mph power (5 seconds), excellent braking, and world beating handling. Its interior is also one of the best in its class, despite less-than-stellar reviews on its dashboard and navigation screen. Plus, it is a bargain at $15,000 starting and $22,000 tops with all upgrades.
BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series have pretty much redefined entertaining cars over the past decade. A regular in Car and Driver´s 10Best list, it is a master in handling and hard cornering, with excellent braking and high technology that keeps brakes dry to stop better on wet roads. As an entry level luxury sedan and the best selling car BMW has, this is an excellent segue into sporty driving.
The very unpopular Suzuki Kizashi is trying to make a name for itself as argubly the most exciting ride (despite all of its other problems) in the midsize class. What it lacks in horsepower it makes up with sporty handling and very accurate steering. The downside is that it only comes with a four cylinder, which may leave you looking elsewhere.
The MINI Cooper is well known for its superb handling and comes in tew models, the base trim´s 118 horsepower and the Cooper S’ 172 horsepower. When combined with a six speed manual, its strong brakes, and very responsive steering, the MINI Cooper is a solid bet.