What could be more fun than absolutely wringing out a car, leaning on every last drop of performance and grip it can offer, without landing yourself in jail? This is the joy of driving a slow car fast, and these are our favorite vehicles to accomplish that job. Note: in order to not be cliché, we didn't include the Mazda Miata, which always seems to top this sort of list.
Despite only making a maximum of 158 horsepower in top-spec Si trim, a lightweight body and fantastic handling make any version of the CRX a joy to drive. with just 8000 miles on the clock for sale on eBay now.
Most original Beetles make a horsepower number in the lower two-digit range. But there's a reason so many people love them despite their lack of pace. They exude character, and make any drive an event to remember. has working air conditioning, and you can own it today.
It might not look like much, but the Corolla XRS is actually a hoot. It has a detuned version of the 2ZZ inline-four engine found in the Lotus Elise, capable of revving over 8000 RPM. It might only make 170 horsepower, but you'll be smiling the entire time.
The S660, with its 64-horsepower turbocharged inline-four, isn't sold in America, and that's a shame. We loved driving it, despite it having less than half the horsepower of a base Civic here in America.
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 hugely 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 $5700 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. right now.
The naturally aspirated version of the Mazda 6 sedan can be had with a manual transmission. So while it's not the turbocharged six-speed Mazdaspeed 6 you've been wishing for, it's still a good time. is 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.
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.
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 had just one owner, and it's for sale.
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. is on eBay right now for $8000.
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. that you can own today.
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, and you can own it.
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. up for bidding 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 $8500.
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. listed for sale right now.
The Mazda 2 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. painted in a bright shade of green that you can own today.