The Wrangler isn't actually all that special to drive on the road—it's when you take it off pavement does it become a true joy to pilot. Jeep has never built a truly "fast" Wrangler, but that's not what it's about. It's about having fun inching along as you pass terrain no other vehicle can. for just under $7000.
Though it may look like any other plain Japanese sedan, the IS300 is actually pretty cool underneath. It has a naturally aspirated 2JZ straight-six that, while not that powerful, provides a silky smooth delivery. It sends power to the rear wheels via an optional five-speed manual, which is the perfect formula for fun. listed for $14,000 on eBay.
Though the E30-generation M3 gets all the attention, pretty much every E30 in the range is fun to drive. That's especially true with the four-cylinder 318i base model. A lighter nose and less features meant less weight, and a more tossable package. , and has just 44,000 miles on the clock.
The naturally aspirated version of the Mazda6 sedan can be had with a manual transmission. So while it's not the turbocharged six-speed Mazdaspeed6 you've been wishing for, it's still a good time. , and it's on eBay right now.
The Beat is a Kei car that had to make a maximum of 64 horsepower to confine to Japanese regulations at the time. Though it doesn't sound like much, the engine, an inline-three cylinder with individual throttle bodies, could rev all the way past 9000 RPM. listed for just $8000.
Thankfully, Honda still offers the Accord with a manual transmission. Like any Honda shifter, it feels great to use, and makes the base engine much more fun than you'd expect. on eBay right now.
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. painted in a nice shade of gray, and can be yours.
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. has just 6000 miles on the clock, and it's for sale.
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. with just 45,000 miles on the odometer on eBay right now.
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. with barely any miles on it for just under $10,000.
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. can be yours for just over $14,000.
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.
The VW Golf has a fantastic chassis. Pair that with the base engine and manual transmission, and you have a winner that's frugal, fun, and quick enough. for sale on eBay right now.
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. listed for just over $22,000 right now.
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.
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. for sale on eBay right now.
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. is listed for just over $12,000.
The little 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost in the Fiesta 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. up for bidding right now, and can be yours.
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.