22 Cars Perfect for Autocrossing

Want to break into racing? Autocross is a great way to do it. Here are the cars you should consider using.

Brian Silvestro

There are tons of great autocross cars out there. If you want to have the most fun behind the wheel driving through coned gates, these are the vehicles you should consider.

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Honda CRX

Weight is one of the most important factors in an autocrosser—the lighter your car, the easier it is to change direction. The CRX is one of the lightest Hondas you can buy, which is why it's the car of choice for many autocross. with high miles you can own today.

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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Built on the same platform as the Miata, the 124 Abarth provides all the handling prowess we've come to know and love from Mazda's roadster, with a turbocharged engine. has low miles, and you can buy it now.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

If you can only afford one car, but want something competitive for autocross, consider the GTI. In addition to being one of the best new hot hatches you can buy, it's also a fantastic commuter car. for just $15,499.

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We'd say the first-, second-, and third-gen M3 all make great autocross cars, but it's the second-gen car that stands out as the best bang for your buck. You can , and don't need to do much upgrading to make a competitive machine.

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If you want a BMW autocrosser that's new enough to have a warranty, consider the M2. It's on the heavy side, but a balanced chassis and good suspension tuning mean you won't be left behind on an autocross course. for just $53,000.

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Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

You might not think something as big as a Camaro would be good at autocross, but you'd be wrong. The 1LE handling package makes the Camaro a serious contender. for just under $36,999.

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Subaru WRX

The WRX is one of the best all-around performance cars you can buy. Because it has all-wheel drive, you can commute in it year-round. Plus, more grip through tight turns. for just under $20,000.

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Ford Fiesta ST

While it's sad Ford isn't selling the newest generation of Fiesta ST in the US, it's still nice to celebrate the old one. It's one of the most fun modern cars you can buy today at any price, and frequently ranks near the top of its class in SCCA Solo Nationals. for just under $15,000.

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It's been a while since Honda sold the S2000, but its agility and high-revving engine still make it a great car to buy used. They aren't dirt cheap yet, and probably won't ever be, but if you have $10,000 or so, you can easily find a fairly clean example. Just don't blame us when you end up addicted to revving that engine all the way to redline.
Honda S2000

The Honda S2000 makes for a great Miata alternative thanks to its fantastic agility. And unlike the Miata, the S2000 actually has a good amount of power under the hood, making it a serious contender at autocross events everywhere. is just $15,000 on eBay right now.

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Toyota MR2

While the original MR2 might be a bit twitchy on the road, it's perfect for those tight cone-wall hairpins at your local autocross event. Combined with its tiny footprint, you'll be full-throttle through those slaloms in no time. , and it's in great condition.

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Lotus Elise

Adding lightness goes a long way, especially when it comes to a tight autocross course. The ultra-nimble handling of the Lotus Elise is unmatched, which is why it's so competitive and fun in a coned-off lot. can be yours for just under $32,000.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

No matter the generation, you can't go wrong with a Miata on an autocross course. It's light, nimble, and tons of fun. Prices are low, and even the rattiest example will still bring drivers tons of smiles. is for sale on eBay right now with a list price of $6995.

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Exomotive Exocet

The Exocet is basically a Miata on steroids. Using a tube-frame chassis, you build it by taking the drivetrain and suspension from an MX-5. So it has the same power and well-tuned handling, but without all of the weight. that's already been built for sale now.

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Ariel Atom

If you want to take things one step further, there's the Ariel Atom. Unlike the Exocet, it doesn't rely on any other car for parts. There's a Honda motor mounted behind the driver, a steering wheel, a shifter, and some pedals—not much else. That means absurd acceleration times and otherworldly handling.

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One of the most iconic Japanese cars of the 90s was the rotary-powered FD RX-7.
Mazda RX-7

The Miata isn't the only great autocross car Mazda has built. The RX-7 is a competent cone-carver as well thanks to its lightweight rotary engine and expertly balanced chassis. is for sale for $25,000 right now on eBay.

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Chevrolet C5 Corvette

Z06 or not, the C5-generation Corvette remains one of the most popular high-horsepower autocross cars around. With some slight modifications, even base cars can set incredibly quick times around the cones. on eBay right now.

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Honda Civic Si

The Civic Si may have grown in size over the years, but it still makes for a solid autocrossing machine. A standard LSD—something most other cars in its class don't have—means you'll have more grip coming out of corners. can be yours for just under $22,000.

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Porsche 718 Cayman

Now that the Cayman's gone turbocharged, it's gained a whole lot of torque—perfect for digging out of those first-gear hairpins on-course. It might not have the same exhaust note, but when you see the time sheets, you'll be smiling. has just 21 miles on the clock, and it can be yours for under $70,0000.

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Even though Porsche purists hated the entry-level, Volkswagen-derived 914, it was a huge sales success for the company. The flat-six powered 914/6, however, was not. It cost nearly as much as the cheapest 911, so guess which car customers opted for. It's only recently that people realized how great the 914/6 is, and values have since skyrocketed.
Porsche 914

If you're looking for something a bit more vintage but want to stick to Porsche, the 914 is a good choice. It has a mid-engine layout just like the Cayman, except it weighs nearly 50 percent less. for $17,000 on eBay.

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Caterham Seven

Just one look at the Caterham Seven and you'll realize it was built for autocrossing. Exposed front wheels means you can visibly place the car within inches of a cone and nail every apex. can be yours for just $18,000.

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Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S / Toyota 86

If you're looking for something as fun on the autocross course as a Miata, but with rear seats and a fixed roof, consider the BRZ, FR-S, or Toyota 86. All are extremely light and nimble, and tons of fun to drive on the limit. You can own right now for just over $16,000.

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A Kart

Want to have the absolute most fun behind for the least amount of money? It's hard to beat a kart. SCCA-sanctioned autocross events have classes specifically for karts to compete, using the same course as the normal cars. That means incredibly high speeds and lots of full-throttle sections. The downside, of course, is that you can't drive it to and from the event like a normal car.

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