Is the Fiat 500 the modern Austin Mini? Now stay with me for a minute. The idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
We all know that the current trend of cars have them getting heavier, and stuffed full of additional add-ons that many car enthusiasts don’t want. (I don’t need an in-dash GPS, my 3lbs Garmin works just fine). The Mini, the Civic, and even the Impreza. You name it, and the current version is heavier and more vanilla than the last. Power outputs are increasing to make up for the added weight in cars, but that doesn’t make them any more fun to drive.
The original Mini Cooper and Civic used to be the symbols of slow cars that we loved to drive fast. The Miata, Datsun 510, the 240z, the list goes on. Cheap to insure and run. It got me thinking that there aren’t many modern cars that really represent that classic ethos. With the cars that we have available now, it’s no wonder why our current generation of children don’t find driving to be that fun anymore. I always found that to be super-sad.
I wish there was a modern ‘fun car’ that would could re-ignite that passion of driving in our culture. The Fiat 500 comes to mind. Pretty lightweight and a good value for money, this car fits the bill of thrill on the cheap. The Toyo-baru FRS/BRZ/GT86 might be another good example, but after that the list is starting to come up short. Maybe the Mazda 2 or the Ford Fiesta?
Can anyone else think of a modern fun car? What would you want to buy, if you could only get a new car?