What are the most fun cars to drive under $35k?
Honda Civic Si
Honda has a history of being exceptionally good at keeping things fun and affordable. So it’s likely that you aren’t surprised to see the Civic Si has made this list. Enthusiasts and industry insiders all give this vehicle high praise. The steering is excellent, and it delivers enough power to make it fun to drive at a very accessible price of around $26K.
Just under $30K can put you behind the wheel of the Subaru WRX. Previous years might leave you lagging, but 2020 won’t disappoint. The AWD system and manual option are what you want to choose for optimal fun.
Jeep Wrangler Sport
The Jeep name might be all we need to say. Offroad fun for $27K. Wanna get some sun? Take the top and doors off. Wanna get dirty? It can handle that too. In fact, name your adventure. There isn’t much you can’t do.
Volkswagen Jetta GTI: Fun, fast, and turbocharged
The Volkswagen GTI, a high-performance version of the iconic VW Golf hatchback, first debuted back in 1976 and has improved with each successive generation. It earns praise from automotive enthusiasts and critics alike. It’s hard not to love this car with its combination of playful performance and hatchback versatility. It offers 280 hp and a starting MSRP of just under $29K for a 2020 VW Golf GTI with six-speed manual transmission.
The Nissan 370Z delivers 332 horsepower from a legendary V6. A perfectly balanced chassis. From the hairpin to the sweeper to the straightaway – nothing else feels like a Z. A six-speed manual will come in right at $30k, and for just a hair over $36K, you can even have one of two 50th Anniversary trim levels.
Hyundai Veloster N
A combination of “velocity” and “roadster” Hyundai has earned its place on the list of affordable fun. Motor1 tells us the upcoming edition of the Nürburgring-developed Veloster also comes with an option to upgrade to N light sports bucket seats, enhancing even the daily drive experience.
Mazda Miata MX5
Of course, the Mazda MX-5 Miata made this list too. It will always leave you with a smile. I know we said the answer isn’t always a Miata, but it is often the obvious choice. There is no denying that they are fun to drive and can be found well under $35K.