There are plenty of beefy American muscle cars and aggressively styled sports cars on the road today. In a world where the road seems to be looming with aggression, some compact vehicles stand out for looking rather pleasant. In fact, there are some very capable cars that are borderline adorable, even though many of them have the handling capabilities to out-maneuver even some more track-focused sports cars.
The Fiat 500
The 2021 Fiat 500 is undeniably adorable but can be beefed up to look more aggressive with a few modifications. Its overall size and stance are friendly and patient, with a surprisingly comfortable and borderline luxurious interior, there is quite a bit to like about the compact car. With some models and trim levels, the Fiat 500 is a surprisingly capable vehicle. Many came available with manual transmissions even in the newer years, making them a sporty and enjoyable little car.
The 2021 Mazda MX-5
The 2021 Mazda MX-5 isn’t as cute as it was in previous years, with a somewhat mischievous looking front end that complements angled and sharp body lines. Regardless of its grouchy appearances, the MX-5 is still pretty adorable, and it can be easily modified to look more aggressive — or cuter. It also offers an agile handling and driving experience that make it a perfect weekend roadster, and it’s comfortable enough to daily drive so long as you don’t need to bring a bunch of cargo with you.
Just about any MINI
Mini’s are known for being smaller vehicles, but they are surprisingly agile, and some even come with supercharged or turbocharged engines depending on the year, model, and trim level. Their friendlier front ends are deceiving kind, but these cars are just as capable as they are adorable, and while size might fool most people, just about any MINI car will leave a smile on your face when you get done driving it.
These vehicles might look adorable, but they are still enjoyable and capable cars to cruise around town or take on an adventure. If you’re not into the crazy-sharp lines of muscle cars like the new mid-engined Corvette, these underrated options can be just as enjoyable — though much cuter to look at.