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Consumer Reports Releases 2014 Most and Least Fun to Drive List

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2014 Most and Least Fun to Drive List: Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS was listed as one of the most fun cars to drive.

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:

Most Fun:

Sports/Sporty Cars

  • Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, BMW 135i, Ford Focus ST, Ford Mustang, Mazda Miata, Mini Cooper S, Porsche Boxster, BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS

Luxury Cars

  • Infiniti M37, Jaguar XJ, Audi A6, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S

Compact/Subcompact Cars

  • Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus

Small SUVs

  • Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Ford Escape

Midsize SUVs

  • Porsche Cayenne

 

Least Fun:

Sports/Sporty Cars

  • Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Camaro, Acura ILX, BMW Z4 Roadster

Luxury Cars

  • BMW 750Li, Volvo S80 3.2

Compact/Subcompact Cars

  • Nissan Versa, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo

Small SUVs

  • Jeep Compass

Midsize SUVs

  • 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 ShultsContributor

    Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.

  • Steve Berry

    Yes, Tesla Model S, which Consumer Reports ranked as Best Overall Car of 2014. Hard to believe it truly didn’t make this list as it’s only gotten rave reviews.