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.
|Sports coupes||Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Focus ST|
|Roadsters & convertibles||Mazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche Boxster|
|High performance||Chevrolet Corvette Z06|
|Muscle cars||Ford Mustang|
|Luxury sedans||Infiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Porsche Panamera|
|Sports sedans||BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS|
|Small & subcompact cars||Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus|
|Small SUVs||Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Ford Escape|
|Midsized SUVs||Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5|
|Sports coupes||Scion tC|
|Roadsters & convertibles||BMW Z4|
|Muscle cars||Chevrolet Camaro|
|Luxury sedans||BMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2|
|Sports sedans||Acura ILX|
|Small & subcompact cars||Nissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo|
|Small SUVs||Jeep Compass|
|Midsized SUVs||Toyota 4Runner|
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