Consumer Reports Releases 2014 Most and Least Fun to Drive List
Leave it to the experts over at Consumer Reports to find a way to quantify something as nebulous as a vehicle’s fun factor and turn it into a list. In the lead in to their 2014 Most and Least Fun to Drive list, they lay out what their idea of fun is:
“[A] car can have a very powerful engine and accelerate quickly, but without handling agility, it’s not much fun. For us, fun is a combination of factors such as handling response, sound, and the nature of the power delivery that lead to grin-inducing satisfaction. To come up with our list of the most fun cars to drive, we first took a slice according to our scores for handling, steering feel, and body control. Then we looked at acceleration, but found most cars today have plenty of power. Finally, we took a secret ballot to give our testers a chance to capture those elusive subjective qualities, including sounds.”
That all sounds well and good to us. So who were the winners? Take a look at Consumer Reports’ list below:
- Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Focus ST, Ford Mustang, Mazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche Boxster, BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS
- Infiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S
- Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus
- Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Ford Escape
- Porsche Cayenne
- Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Camaro, Acura ILX, BMW Z4 Roadster
- BMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2
- Nissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo
- Jeep Compass
- Toyota 4Runner
We want to hear from you: did Consumer Reports’ 2014 Most and Least Fun to Drive miss anything? Let us know which vehicles you think are most enjoyable/yawn-worthy.
Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.