We asked you yesterday which normal cars could turn anyone into an enthusiast. As always, there were a ton of responses, but there are the answers we saw repeated the most.
We recently drove the new Toyota Corolla hatch, and loved it. It has everything we love in a basic, fun car: Simple, cheap, and nimble. Also, you can get it with a manual transmission. for sale right now.
The nice thing about the Tacoma is it's not as big as most other trucks on the market today. So while you still get most of the utility from a normal pickup, it's a lot more nimble (relatively) than your average truck. Plus, because it's physically smaller, squeezing through tight spaces off-road is less of an issue. , and it's painted in a great battleship-type gray paint.
Subaru's performance cars have a massive enthusiast following, but its normal cars are fun to drive too. You can get the base Impreza in hatchback form with a five-speed manual, which sounds like a blast (especially in cold weather). listed for just under $21,000 on eBay right now.
As you'll start to see with this list, lightness and simplicity will be recurring themes. Like the Corolla, there really isn't too much to the Chevy Sonic, and that's what makes it enjoyable. is for sale for just $3500.
Thanks to the Fiat 500's tiny size, it's going to be enjoyable to drive. Power doesn't really matter, as long as it has enough to get out of its own way. Sure, the Abarth is more fun, but for normal people, the normal 500 will do just fine. is listed on eBay right now for $5000.
The Honda Fit has always been a light, tossable car with plenty of practicality. Anyone who sits behind the wheel of one of these and takes it on a back road will be grinning ear-to-ear, whether they're a car person or not. , and only has 65 miles on the clock.
The BMW 2 Series is the least-expensive BMW you can buy. That makes it a great starting place for buyers who are new to the brand and don't have the budget for a nicer luxury car. But whether they're buying it because it's cheap or because it's cute, it's also fun to drive. After a few months behind the wheel, new owners are going to start to understand why enthusiasts love driving. You can own right now.
The Fiesta ST is a ridiculously fun car to drive, but the great thing about the Ford Fiesta is that it's sporty regardless of what version you buy. We're especially fans of the 1.0-liter Ecoboost Fiesta. Ford bills it as an economy car, but what a lot of buyers won't realize is that it's both fuel efficient and fun. Before they know it, they'll be hooked. listed for well under $10,000 on eBay Motors now.
Compared to the outgoing Civic, the new one is better by leaps and bounds. It's still a Honda, and people are still going to buy it in droves because of the badge on the hood. It will probably still be reliable, but it's also been injected with a dose of fun that we didn't expect. On a winding back road, even mainstream buyer won't be able to resist the new Civic's sporty charms. listed for sale.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the few cars that everyone loves regardless of how little they care about cars. Most of these buyers have no intentions of tackling the Rubicon, but the Jeep community draws them in. Before they know it, the doors are off, and they're combing through forums late at night, trying to decide which lift kit they need. with 5600 miles on it that can be yours.
For a compact sedan, the Honda Civic is pretty sporty, but anyone who buys the Mazda3 will find that it's actually even more fun to drive. It has an impressive interior and a great design, but when the roads get curvy, the Mazda3 is more than happy to play. For buyers who previously thought driving was a chore, this is one of the best cars to convince them otherwise. still has some of its factory warranty left, and it's for sale.
Much like the Wrangler, the Mini Cooper is extremely popular with people who normally couldn't care less about cars. It's cute and cool, and you can also get one for a little more than $20k, so it's fairly affordable. The base three-cylinder Mini is sneakily fun to drive, too. Add in the passionate Mini community, and it's hard for new Mini owners not to become enthusiasts. , and a manual transmission.
The Juke's unconventional design took us all by surprise when it when on sale, but it turned out to be more than just a subcompact CUV with a weird design. The Juke is actually a lot of fun to drive, and it has the kind of character that a lot of cars are lacking these days. Buyers might not expect it, but before long it'll feel like something's missing when they drive normal, soulless cars. on sale right now.
Subaru is another company with huge following that draws people in. The WRX is a little too brash to attract a lot of non-enthusiasts, but the Outback is the perfect for the job. One day your friend buys an Outback so he can take his dog with him to go hiking, and the next thing you know, he won't shut up about how great Subarus are. Maybe his next car will be a BRZ or a WRX. You never know. , and you can own it.
It's easy to get sold on the stylish nature of the Golf and the practicality of a four-door hatchback. Pair that extra power you get over the regular Golf and the nice interior, and you have a heck of a nice car for not a lot of money. You also have one of the best performance cars you can buy for less than $30k. Even someone who thought they only wanted it to get from point A to point B is going to have a blast behind the wheel of a GTI. and looks lovely.