There are cars that are “nice to drive,” and there are cars that are “fun to drive.”
Plenty of options exist for the people who prefer a smooth ride, luxurious cabin, numb steering and no real connection between driver and pavement. I won’t name names here, but feel free to make assumptions.
On the other hand, some cars simply beg to be driven hard, because doing so provides an overload of sensory excitement and pure joy. Yes, many of those cost upward of $100,000, but for mere plebeians like me, driving joy can be had for $30K and under.
Keep reading for seven examples of inexpensive greatness.
The base 2-door comes with RWD, a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder and a 6-speed manual transmission. It’s a bundle of driving fun that starts a shade under $30K!
It’s like a go-kart that’s street legal. And much, much safer! The Cooper is one of the best, if not the best, performers among small cars.
No surprise here, right? This car is a dream, being as quick as it is agile and great on gas. And guys, don’t worry. The 2011 version isn’t as much of a chick car as past variants! You can drive feeling secure in your manhood.
With a gutsy little turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine that also sounds remarkably good, the GTI is a blast to drive while also offering a hefty dose of comfort.
The SX4 is delightful. Don’t expect screaming fast 0-60 times, but when equipped with the manual transmission, this little hatch offers a zippy drive with extremely satisfying shifts.
This one’s got it all, almost: enough cargo room and seating capacity to use as a daily driver, but enough “zoom zoom” to satisfy serious speed freaks. If only it had RWD or AWD…
Subaru Impreza WRX
The WRX is legendary because it’s fast, powerful and handles like a much more expensive car, with the added bonus of AWD!
Which inexpensive car do you think is the most fun to drive?