23 of the Most Fun Front-Wheel Drive Cars You Can Buy

Front-wheel drive is usually reserved for dull commuter cars, but these are genuinely fun to drive.

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Volkswagen

If you're not a fan of front-wheel drive cars, these should change your opinion.

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Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi 3000GT

Though the most desirable versions of the 3000GT are all-wheel drive, the front-wheel drive cars are still a hoot. You get all that cool styling, and because there's no rear drivetrain to lug around, it's a lot lighter. you can own right now.

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Hyundai
Hyundai Veloster N

The Veloster N is the newest hot hatch on the block, and Hyundai hit it out of the park. It's practical, unique, and sounds great. Best of all, it's great to drive, whether you're driving down your favorite back road or around a race track.

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Nissan
Nissan Sentra SE-R

There was once a time when Nissan offered a performance-minded Sentra that was more than just a few trim pieces. The SE-R got bigger brakes, a retuned suspension, and a more powerful engine.

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Lancia
Lancia Thema 8.32

The Thema 8.32 might not look like much from the outside, but it's a true exotic underneath. It uses a modified version of the engine from the Ferrari 308, transversely mounted under the hood, sending power to the front wheels.

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Buying a car from a brand that no longer exists is always a risk, but Saab 900s are cheap enough that you might not care. They're drive great in the snow, and if you're exceptionally brave, you'll go for the 900 Turbo. Plus, they look cool even when they're covered in salt.
Saab
Saab 900 Turbo

Saab made a bunch of fantastic front-drive cars, but the 900 Turbo is perhaps the best. Just a handful made it to the US, and they provide a driving experience you can't get anywhere else. Plus, they look unlike any other car on the road. with nearly 300,000 miles on the clock that you can own today.

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Dodge
Dodge Neon SRT4

Say what you want about the looks—the Neon SRT4 was incredibly capable for its time. It had over 200 horsepower, and could get from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds. is incredibly clean, and has just over 26,000 miles on the clock.

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Lotus
Lotus Elan

Most people remember the Lotus Elan as a lightweight rear-wheel drive roadster that set the standard for great handling. What many don't remember is that Lotus brought back the Elan name for a front-wheel drive convertible. It perhaps wasn't a benchmark like it's predecessor, but it was damn goof for front-wheel drive. you can own right now for less than $20,000.

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R&T Archives
Lancia Fuliva

The Lancia Fuliva has all the makings of a great '60s Italian sports coupe. Stunning looks and a fantastic driving experience will make you question your thoughts on the supposed inferiority of front-wheel drive. has the smaller 1.3-liter engine, and it's listed for sale right now on eBay.

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Ford
Ford Taurus SHO

The SHO may be all-wheel drive now, but early versions sent power to the front wheels only. The first-gen SHO was powered by a Yamaha-designed V6, which made a wonderful noise. got just 62,000 miles on it, and it can be yours today.

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Mazda
Mazda MX-6

The MX-6 looks like a proper sports car, and has a V6 that displaces just 1.8 liters. It sounds cool as hell, and revs to the moon.

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Honda
Honda CRX

The CRX may not be particularly fast, but it's light and nimble. That means it can change directions quickly, and offer an endlessly fun driving experience. It also aged very well. for sale has a bunch of miles, but it looks clean and unmodified.

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Peugeot
Peugeot 205 GTi

Like the CRX, the 205 GTi isn't very fast by modern standards. But, get it on a tight, empty back road, and you'll wonder why anyone thinks they need more than 120 horsepower. This was the benchmark hot-hatch of its time, and it's still great today.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Ignoring its big wing and fancy wheels, the Cobalt SS looks like a pretty run-of-the-mill economy car, but it has some serious performance under the hood. It came with a supercharged engine, then later a turbocharged engine, both of which made over 200 horsepower. you can own today.

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<p>On paper, the Volkswagen Golf R looks like it would be much better than the GTI. It's more powerful, more aggressively-tuned, and it's all-wheel drive. Then again, <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/road-tests/reviews/a5477/the-next-volkswagen-gti-will-be-well-worth-the-wait/" target="_blank">the GTI is is enough fun</a>, you might not think you need to spend the extra money to get the R.</p>
Volkswagen
Volkswagen Golf GTI

On paper, the Volkswagen Golf R looks like it would be much better than the GTI—it's more powerful, more aggressively tuned, and it has all-wheel drive. That's actually not the case. The current GTI is a damn near perfect hot hatch. So much so, it makes the Golf R seem pointless. painted in a lovely dark blue color, and it's for sale right now.

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Classic Driver
Alfa Romeo Alfasud

Alfa Romeo developed a front-wheel drive car in the 1970s called the Alfasud, and it was actually fun to drive. It was more efficient then the rear-wheel drive GTV, too, yet still looked stunning.

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Even in base form, the Mini Cooper is pretty fun. If you want to have the most fun, you go for the John Cooper Works version. It's both the most powerful and the fastest car Mini has ever built. Other than the GTI, it's also probably the most grown up of all the cars on this list.
Mini
Mini Cooper John Cooper Works

Even in its base form, the Mini Cooper is fun. If you want to have the most fun, you go for the John Cooper Works version. It's both the most powerful and the fastest car Mini has ever built. Other than the GTI, it's also probably the most grown up of all the cars on this list. can be yours for less than $10,000.

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Nick Berard
Acura Integra Type R

The new Civic Type R might be the car everyone's talking about now, but in reality, it's the Integra you want. With a high-revving VTEC engine and a wonderful chassis setup, the original Type R is one seriously fun machine. painted in yellow you can own right now.

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Honda
Honda Civic Type R

Of course, that doesn't mean you should dismiss the Civic entirely. It's currently the record-holder for fastest front-wheel drive production car at the Nurburgring. That should tell you all you need to know. has just a few thousand miles on it, and you can buy it today.

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John Lamm
Mazda Mazdaspeed3

Sadly Mazda has yet to gift the world with a new-generation Mazdaspeed3. But don't worry, the old one is still a fantastic-driving car. Just watch out for that torque steer. with some mileage on the clock you can own for cheap.

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<p>If you're looking for pure speed, the Fiat 500 Abarth probably isn't for you. If you want a small city car that will make mundane drives enjoyable, <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/first-drives/reviews/a18033/2012-fiat-500-abarth-1/" target="_blank">give the Abarth a look</a>. It's a different kind of fun than some of its competitors, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.</p>
Fiat
Fiat 500 Abarth

If you're looking for pure speed, the Fiat 500 Abarth probably isn't for you. If you want a small city car that will make mundane drives enjoyable, give the Abarth a look. It's a different kind of fun than some of its competitors. can be yours for under $8000.

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<p>It only costs a bit over $20,000, but <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/road-tests/reviews/a6120/2014-ford-fiesta-st-road-test-review/" target="_blank">the Fiesta ST offers some serious fun</a> for your money. You get nearly 200 horsepower and a car that weighs less than 3,000 pounds even with you in the driver's seat. Combined with a well-tuned suspension, it's an absolute blast.</p>
Zach Bowman
Ford Fiesta ST

It only costs a bit over $20,000, but the Fiesta ST offers some serious fun for your money. You get nearly 200 horsepower and a car that weighs well under 3,000 pounds. Combined with a well-tuned suspension, it's an absolute blast. Best of all, used examples .

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<p><a href="http://quizcards.info/car-shows/frankfurt-auto-show/news/a26711/2016-ford-focus-rs-hits-0-62-in-47-seconds-and-has-a-drift-mode/" target="_blank">The Focus RS is new and hot</a>, but don't underestimate the Focus ST. It's still quick and a hugely-entertaining machine to drive. Plus, the step up in size makes it more practical for a lot of people than the smaller Fiesta ST.</p>
Ford
Ford Focus ST

The Focus RS is great, but don't underestimate the Focus ST. It's still quick and a hugely-entertaining machine to drive. Plus, the step up in size makes it more practical for a lot of people than the smaller Fiesta ST. But like the Fiesta, used one can be had .

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Honda City Turbo

Though it was never sold in the US, the Honda City Turbo is now eligible for importation via the 25-year rule. It's tiny, turbocharged, and a hell of a good time.

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