Fun to drive is a subjective measure—an elusive quality that can mean different things to different people. From our experience, a car can have a very powerful engine and accelerate quickly, but without handling agility, it's not much fun. For us, fun is a combination of factors such as handling response, sound, and the nature of the power delivery that lead to grin-inducing satisfaction. To come up with our list of the most fun cars to drive, we first took a slice according to our scores for handling, steering feel, and body control. Then we looked at acceleration, but found most cars today have plenty of power. Finally, we took a secret ballot to give our testers a chance to capture those elusive subjective qualities, including sounds. Below, we present our picks for the cars that are the most and least fun to drive.
|Category||Most fun||Least fun|
|Sports coupes||Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Focus ST
|Roadsters & convertibles||Mazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche Boxster||BMW Z4|
|Muscle cars||Ford Mustang||Chevrolet Camaro|
|Luxury sedans||Infiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S
||BMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2|
|Sports sedans||BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS
|Small & subcompact cars||Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus||Nissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo|
|Small SUVs||Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Ford Escape||Jeep Compass|
|Midsized SUVs||Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5
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