Looking for a fun car to drive but don’t want to pay a premium for it? We’ve got you covered! Below is a list of our top fun-to-drive cars that are under $30K. Make commuting a blast without breaking the bank.
2013 MINI Cooper Hardtop S –
The Mini Cooper is known for its speed, extreme drifting, and playful exterior styling. With a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces 181 horsepower and 117 lb-ft of torque, it goes from zero to 60 in about 5.7 seconds. The cabin is designed with a sense of fun and playfulness, with toggle switches for controls, a large speedometer at the center of the steering wheel, and an illuminated ring around the media system. Though small, it offers a combination of power, agility and remarkable handing.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS –
With a retro-modern theme, the Camaro features a long hood and the rear that has aggressively styled fenders with air intakes shaped like gills. The back has four rounded taillamp, similar to the ones found on the Corvette. Inside, the retro theme continues with dual analog gauges, two rotary controls with HVAC controls, and SS-embroidered seats. With a 6-speed manual transmission, the V-8 brings in 422 horsepower and 408 pounds-feet of torque. Four-piston Brembo brakes are standard on the 2SS. It’s fast, and pleasantly quiet. There are no rattles or vibrations permeating inside the vehicle. Plus – the EPA gave it excellent fuel-economy ratings.
2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Coupe –
The 370Z Touring has all the essentials of a pure sports coupe — a taut, responsive chassis, a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Under the hood is a VQ-series V-6, 3.7 liter engine that produces 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The interior has power-adjustable heated seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a premium sigh-speaker Bose sound system with dual subwoofers. With all these features, we are glad to see that Nissan managed to keep the Z affordable.
2015 Ford Mustang GT –
What makes the Mustang GT great is beneath its gorgeous sheetmetal: a 5.0-liter V-8, which produces 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque — thanks to the 302 valves, springs, and connecting rods. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds, and has remarkably good steering. The independent rear suspension helps minimize body roll and isolate road imperfections for a responsive ride and precise handling. The best part? You can own this fast and powerful beast for under $30k.