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Most fun to drive

Which cars lead to grin-inducing satisfaction

Last updated: October 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, BMW 328i, Cadillac ATSChevrolet CorvetteFord Fiesta ST, Ford Focus ST, Mazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche 911, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, Porsche Boxster, Subaru Impreza WRX, Volkswagen GTI Acura ILX, BMW Z4,
Chevrolet Camaro, Nissan 370Z
Luxury cars Audi A6, Infiniti Q70, Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S
BMW 750Li
Compact & subcompact cars Ford Focus, Mazda3, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Golf Nissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo
Small SUVs BMW X1, Ford Escape, Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Porsche Macan, Volkswagen Tiguan 
Jeep Compass
Midsized SUVs Porsche Cayenne Toyota 4Runner

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