You can continue pining for a Porsche or lusting over a Lambo, or you can pick up one of the following standouts and start living your driving dreams today for less than $25,000. As long as you’re more interested in the actual driving than turning heads at the valet stand, some of the following cars are truly more fun to drive on public roads than many six-figure supercars.
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Few cars have remained as true to their original mission as the new Mazda MX-5. When it comes to delivering an abundance of pure driving fun at an affordable price, this unassuming little rear-drive roadster with its free-revving 2.0-liter engine, slick 6-speed manual transmission and well-sorted suspension continues to play in a league of its own.
2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
How do you make a cute car a little meaner? Add a scorpion logo and a turbocharger. The Fiat 500 Abarth has 160 horsepower and a sport-tuned suspension, turning Fiat’s little espresso sipper into more of a Red Bull fiend.
2014 Honda Civic Si
Honda’s sportiest Civic is as tightly refined as an expensive Swiss watch, but infinitely more fun. There’s something about the Si’s steering, shifter and pedal feel — not to mention its high-revving, aurally awesome engine — that makes it pleasingly addictive to drive hard.
2014 Ford Mustang
With a fully redesigned model waiting on deck, America’s original pony car continues to age gracefully, matching good looks with solid value and a youthful personality. The 2014 Ford Mustang’s standard 305-horsepower V6 can be backed with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission and still leave enough cash to add the optional Appearance Package.
2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop
The first of a new generation of Mini models, the 2014 Cooper S Hardtop puts a bigger, better and more sophisticated spin on the automaker’s already legendary fun-to-drive character. Packing a new 189-horsepower turbocharged engine, it looks cooler, handles better and serves up more smiles per mile than ever before.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Boasting even more aggressive front and rear styling cues for 2014, the Chevy Camaro melds its edgier appearance with solid performance and handling credentials plus a bounty of impressive standards. Even the entry level coupe that slips in under $25,000 boasts a potent 323-horsepower V6, 6-speed manual transmission, sport suspension, OnStar, Bluetooth — and chrome-plated dual exhausts.
2014 Volkswagen GTI
The longest-tenured hot hatchback in America, the uber Golf has been delivering affordable, practical fun for more than 30 years. Often overshadowed by all the performance praise is the class-above interior refinement that helps define the Volkswagen GTI as the affordable choice of more discriminating driving enthusiasts
2014 Jeep Wrangler
The cool thing about the Jeep Wrangler is that it can go places the other cars on this list will never get to see…and have a blast over every dusty, rock-strewn mile along the way.
2014 Ford Fiesta ST
Arguably the most fun-to-drive entry in the subcompact category, the Ford Fiesta turns into a genuine performance machine when wearing its ST badges. A turbocharged 197-horsepower engine and excellent driving feel pair perfectly in this chiseled ball of adrenaline.
2014 Scion FR-S
Taking the top spot for the second year in a row, the 2014 Scion FR-S is among the truest driver’s cars this side of a Porsche Cayman. Rear drive, lightweight and in tune with its operator, the FR-S is a perfect example of how finesse can be more fun than brute force. New vehicles for sale