Thirteen Great Slow Cars That Are Tons of Fun to Drive Fast

Slow cars are better when you drive them flat out.

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Caterham

These are new cars that aren't very fast, but are a ton of fun to drive at their limits. These are 13 of the best, according to you.

And, in order to not be cliché, we didn't include the Miata, which is always at the top of these lists.

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Honda
Honda Civic Hatch

The base Civic hatchback makes due with a 1.5-liter turbo four pushing out 174 horsepower. That's a lot less than the Type R, but considering the hatch's excellent chassis balance and available manual transmission, we're sure it can make you smile around a corner.

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BMW
BMW 230i

No, the 230i doesn't have nearly as much power as its m240i or M2 siblings, but it's actually the best one out of the three to drive. The light curb weight and lack of power mean you can go flat-out almost everywhere, and not burn a ton of fuel while doing it.

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Subaru
Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

Despite enthusiasts' cries for more horsepower, Subaru and Toyota continue to offer the BRZ and 86 exclusively with a 205-horsepower naturally aspirated boxer-four. Despite the car's lack of power, it's still a joy to toss around corners and take to the track.

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<p>At 1,973 pounds, Mitsubishi makes the lightest car for sale in the USA. It also has just 74 horsepower. It has gotten flack for being so cheap that it cuts corners, but that's to be expected. In the right hands, it can be a ton of fun.</p>
Mitsubishi Mirage

At 1,973 pounds, Mitsubishi makes the lightest car for sale in the USA. It also has just 74 horsepower. It has gotten flack for being so cheap that it cuts corners, but that's to be expected. In the right hands, it can be a ton of fun.

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<p>The Honda Fit is always a great choice. It has a great chassis and just enough power to be fun when you need to be, but it's not overpowering. Just make sure to get the manual.</p>
Honda
Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is always a great choice. It has a great chassis and just enough power to be fun when you need to be, but it's not overpowering. Just make sure to get the manual.

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<p>How we wish we got the Seven 160 in the US. It has a three cylinder Suzuki engine with just 80 horsepower, which gets the lightweight Caterham to 60 in what seems like a leisurely 6.5 seconds... at least for a car that has a variant that can do it in 2.9.</p>
Caterham Seven 160

How we wish we got the Seven 160 in the US. It has a three cylinder Suzuki engine with just 80 horsepower, which gets the lightweight Caterham to 60 in what seems like a leisurely 6.5 seconds... at least for a car that has a variant that can do it in 2.9.

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<p>The VW Golf has a fantastic chassis. Pair that with the TDI powertrain, and you have a winner that's frugal, fun, and quick enough.</p>
VW Golf TDI

The VW Golf has a fantastic chassis. Pair that with the TDI powertrain, and you have a winner that's frugal, fun, and quick enough.

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<p>The 328d is only available as a wagon in the USA, but that's ok. It's all-wheel drive and has a mountain of torque, so it's great for your bad weather fun time.</p>
BMW 328d Wagon

The 328d is also available as a sedan, but spring for the wagon. It's all-wheel drive, has a mountain of torque, and tons of room for all your stuff. It's great for your bad weather fun time.

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The 500 Twin-Air is another car we can't get in America, but the buzzy little two cylinder engine has been lauded the world over. It just sounds like it'd be a little fun machine.
Fiat
Fiat 500 Twin-Air

The 500 Twin-Air is another car we can't get in America, but the buzzy little two cylinder engine has been lauded the world over. It just sounds like it'd be a little fun machine.

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<p>You can get an Impreza with a manual gearbox, meaning you have a flat-four engine (like a Porsche!), all-wheel drive, and gears you select yourself. And it's composed when you start going fast. </p>
Subaru Impreza

You can get an Impreza with a manual gearbox, meaning you have a flat-four engine (like a Porsche!), all-wheel drive, and gears you select yourself. And it's composed when you start going fast.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Spark

Chevy's Spark has just 98 horsepower and 94 pound feet of torque. That means you need to wring its neck every time you want to go fast. And it responds. It's a little sweetheart.

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The little 1.0 liter three-cylinder EcoBoost in the Fiesta 1.0 is a revelation. It feels like a mini straight-six out of a race car. Pair it with the manual gearbox and you have a car that is a ton of fun at any speed.
Ford
Ford Fiesta 1.0

The little 1.0 liter three-cylinder EcoBoost in the Fiesta 1.0 is a revelation. It feels like a mini straight-six out of a race car. Pair it with the manual gearbox and you have a car that is a ton of fun at any speed.

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<p>The Mazda2 is the rare car that you can run to redline in nearly every gear and not be close to breaking a speed limit. The compliant chassis also means it's competent and fun in the corners. No wonder it's a base for Spec B racing.</p>
Mazda2

The Mazda2 is the rare car that you can run to redline in nearly every gear and not be close to breaking a speed limit. The compliant chassis also means it's competent and fun in the corners. No wonder it's a base for Spec B racing.

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