|Random Thought| Where have all the fun cars gone?

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?

One thought on “|Random Thought| Where have all the fun cars gone?

  1. You really hit the nail on the head, most modern cars are unbelievably boring. I started driving in the mid 90s, I had a B13 Se-r as my first car, a very, very good car to learn to drive on. There’s nothing on the market currently that compares to that car, or any of the others that were cheap and readily available in the mid to late 90s. CRXs, real GTIs, SE-Rs, GSRs, GSXs, I could go on but I won’t.
    If kids these days had a 2400lb 150hp car with a excellent little gear box and a limited slip, instead of a marshmallows for sale today; they would like to drive.
    Honestly the only car I could possibly see myself buying new would be a MX-5. I like the Abarth, but my gut tells me it will be rare as hen’s teeth for the next year at least, so that’s out. I sat in a new JCW mini convertible at the Denver auto show, it was nice, and huge, and 34 grand, clearly not a mini any longer. The Toyo-Ru might be the answer, but I’ll wait and pass judgement once I’ve driven it.

    The truly honest answer for me is, I can never see myself buying a new car. Everything I want is old. Old is simple, easy to work on, cheap to insure and trustworthy. I’ll stick with that.

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