Cars that are the most and least fun to drive

Consumer Reports Staff
May 3, 2013


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
Sports coupes Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Focus ST
Roadsters & convertibles Mazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche Boxster
High performance Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Muscle cars Ford Mustang
Luxury sedans Infiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Porsche Panamera
Sports sedans BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS
Small & subcompact cars Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus
Small SUVs Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Ford Escape
Midsized SUVs Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5

Category Least fun
Sports coupes Scion tC
Roadsters & convertibles BMW Z4
Muscle cars Chevrolet Camaro
Luxury sedans BMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2
Sports sedans Acura ILX
Small & subcompact cars Nissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo
Small SUVs Jeep Compass
Midsized SUVs Toyota 4Runner

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