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Most fun to drive

Which cars lead to grin-inducing satisfaction

Last updated: August 2014

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/sporty cars BMW M235i, Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette,
Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Focus ST, Ford Mustang, Mazda MiataPorsche Boxster, BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS
Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Camaro, Acura ILX, BMW Z4
Luxury cars Infiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S
BMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2
Compact & subcompact cars Ford Focus, Mazda3 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 Toyota 4Runner

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