Cars that are the most and least fun to drive

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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.

CategoryMost fun
Sports coupesScion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Focus ST
Roadsters & convertiblesMazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche Boxster
High performanceChevrolet Corvette Z06
Muscle carsFord Mustang
Luxury sedansInfiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Porsche Panamera
Sports sedansBMW 328i, Cadillac ATS
Small & subcompact carsMazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus
Small SUVsMini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Ford Escape
Midsized SUVsPorsche Cayenne, BMW X5


CategoryLeast fun
Sports coupesScion tC
Roadsters & convertiblesBMW Z4
Muscle carsChevrolet Camaro
Luxury sedansBMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2
Sports sedansAcura ILX
Small & subcompact carsNissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo
Small SUVsJeep Compass
Midsized SUVsToyota 4Runner


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