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Top Picks for Driving Fun

We looked over our lists of lifestyles and smacked our collective head: We didn't have a category for people like us, people who just drive for the fun of it! We tried not to dwell on ultra-expensive exotic cars, but rather on everyday drivers that provide a sense of fun and control. We chose our winners from dozens of contenders. Because many of these cars are not crash-tested, they are not drawn from our list of Best Bets.

 Best New Car for Driving Fun
2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Starting MSRP $24,765

No stranger to our annual Fun to Drive list, the Miata returns year after year for a key reason: It's fun to drive at any speed. Where most capable sports cars are so buttoned down that they're boring at moderate speeds, the Miata can be tossed about at will, yet with the utmost control. Never exceptionally powerful, the Miata is legendary for its handling. The icing on the cake is its reliability and durability, as is proved every weekend across America in a club racing class named for the car: Spec Miata.
   
 
 Best Deal for Driving Fun
2015 Mazda CX-5
Starting MSRP $22,375

Did we ever say that only sports cars are fun to drive? That would be unfortunate, because the country remains wild about SUVs and crossovers, and if you want one that's fun to drive without paying luxury prices, the compact CX-5 lives up to Mazda's zoom-zoom image. Its handling is athletic, and if the efficient base engine is too tame for you, Mazda also offers a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, one of the sprightliest engines in one of the lightest models in the class. The CX-5 also boasts excellent crash-test results and top-rated reliability, the latter a rarity among sporty cars.
   
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Suggestions for Driving Fun
2015 Audi R8 V10  Recommended for Driving Fun Audi R8 V10 (2015)
Starting MSRP $158,150

The mid-engine R8 is an excellent performer, especially when equipped with a potent V-10 that revs like a racing engine. Sophisticated Quattro all-wheel drive provides the road holding you want, but the manual gate shifter puts this car over the top.
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2014 BMW i8  Recommended for Driving Fun BMW i8 (2014)
Starting MSRP $136,650

The i8's plug-in-hybrid performance doesn't fully match its supercar looks, but it still hits 60 mph in just more than 4 seconds thanks to an electric motor on the front wheels and a mighty-mite three-cylinder gas engine for the rear.
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2015 BMW M235i  Recommended for Driving Fun BMW M235i (2015)
Starting MSRP $44,050

Slightly larger than the 1 Series coupe it replaced, the 2 Series has grown up, turning the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-powered M235i version into a baby M4. The M235i's price gives pause, but when you're driving it, there's no pausing involved.
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette  Recommended for Driving Fun Chevrolet Corvette (2015)
Starting MSRP $54,995

The Corvette continues not only as a world-class sports car but also as an unlikely daily driver. The Z06 is mind-blowing, but the regular Stingray appears here on the strength of its bone-stock 455-horsepower V-8 performance. Let freedom ring.
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2015 Dodge Viper  Recommended for Driving Fun Dodge Viper (2015)
Starting MSRP TBA

The previous-generation Vipers were fun in a different way — a hold-on-and-hope-for-the-best way. The refined new Viper is a real sports car, yet with all the power and attitude we loved intact.
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2015 Jaguar F-Type  Recommended for Driving Fun Jaguar F-Type (2015)
Starting MSRP $65,925

During the past few years, Jaguar remembered its roots and got nasty. Witness the F-Type, which has looks and performance worthy of its E-Type predecessor. The V-8 R version is a blast, but the F-Type S does the job for less.
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2015 Porsche 911  Recommended for Driving Fun Porsche 911 (2015)
Starting MSRP $85,295

A car that has never gone afoul, the 911 remains one of the most capable sports cars in the world but is now better able to flatter its driver, and even to comfort occupants, like never before.
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2015 Porsche Cayman  Recommended for Driving Fun Porsche Cayman (2015)
Starting MSRP $53,595

The handling of a car that carries its engine between the axles is something every driving enthusiast should experience. Once you see how well Porsche provides decent cargo space with this much fun, you'll wonder why mid-engines are so rare.
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