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Top Non-Driver's Cars That Are Fun to Drive

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/6/2014 Erick Ayapana

It's a rare treat when a car over-delivers on its promises. A family sedan, for example, is expected to be roomy, fuel efficient, and safe, but it's an added bonus when it's also fun to drive. The following vehicles aren't considered driver's cars, but they are surprisingly enjoyable, proving that low-slung and expensive sports cars don't have a monopoly on fun.

Ford Focus

2015 Ford Focus Hatchback Front Side Motion View On Road© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback Front Side Motion View On Road Ford's little hatch has won over many enthusiasts thanks to the quick and agile Focus ST. The normal Focus, however, is fun to drive as well, with responsive steering and a suspension setup that not only soaks up the bumps, but also keeps the compact planted and steady through the curves. Its 2.0-liter inline-four lacks the ST's turbocharger but it still feels eager, making a respectable 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. We'd opt for the five-speed manual over the six-speed twin-clutch automatic for maximum fun.

Mazda CX-5

2014 Mazda CX 5© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mazda CX 5 Leave it to Mazda to produce a practical crossover that's also a blast to drive. The Mazda CX-5 is one of the few compact crossovers available with a manual transmission, further solidifying its sporty nature. The CX-5 is surprisingly balanced and predictable when driven aggressively and it feels much smaller and lighter than its dimensions suggest. Essentially, it's an MX-5 Miata in crossover clothing.

Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord Sport© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Accord Sport The Honda Accord has grown in size over the years and the midsizer is more commonly associated with young families. But when it's optioned with a certain powertrain combo, the Accord also can be fun. Specifically, an Accord motivated by the high-revving 2.4-liter inline-four and six-speed manual is an entertaining and rare treat in the segment.

Volkswagen Golf

2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI For enthusiasts, the go-to model in the Golf family has long been the GTI (or Golf R), but the all-new 2015 Golf base model sure is making a case for itself. A big reason for that is its new 1.8-liter turbocharged I-4, a peppy little engine that is a dramatic improvement over the previous 2.5-liter inline-five mill. Couple that with the hatch's solid chassis and you've got a capable canyon car.

Toyota Sienna SE

2015 Toyota Sienna SE© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Sienna SE Usually the only people having fun in a minivan are those in the back with access to the DVD entertainment screens. The Toyota Sienna SE, however, can manage to crack a smile from the driver thanks to a sport-tuned suspension and revised steering system that improve the family hauler's reflexes.

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

2014 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG One look at this high-riding box on wheels and it's immediately obvious that it's not a driver's car for the track. However, there's something undeniably entertaining about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. For starters, its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 sounds great and churns out more than 500 hp and has no issues launching the SUV to 60 mph in around five seconds. Combine that with its tank-like build quality and bus-like seating position and you have a unique SUV that's a ton of fun to drive.

Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV The Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle is an eco-friendly hatch that provides approximately 80 miles of zero-emissions range per charge. The Spark EV's diminutive size and surprisingly peppy electric motor make it fun, too. The motor produces 140 hp and an astonishing 400 lb-ft of torque that result in immediate acceleration and a 0-60 mph run of just 7.5 seconds.

Mazda3

2014 Mazda3 i GT© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mazda3 i GT The third-generation Mazda3 sedan and hatchback has matured, with refined styling and advanced technology, but thankfully the compact is still fun to drive. Powered by a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter inline-four, the Mazda3 is available with a six-speed automatic but is also offered with the more fun row-your-own six-speed manual. We're still awaiting news on a sportier Mazdaspeed3, but for now, the Mazda3 is a practical compact that also happens to be quite fun.

Fiat 500

2014 fiat 500© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 fiat 500 The Fiat 500 doesn't need the scorpion's bite of the Abarth package to have fun. This small Italian hatch is plenty fun with the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the Fiat 500 Turbo, which slots between the base model and the high-performance 500 Abarth. The featherweight puts out 135 hp and can be had with a five-speed manual. Its small dimensions make it an absolute blast when you're darting around on tight city streets.

Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E

2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive E© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive E This Swedish wagon is not only practical and handsome, but it's also surprisingly fun to drive. We've praised the Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E with the optional Sport package for an athletic demeanor that's more reminiscent of a sport sedan. Its engine is pretty neat, too. A 2.0-liter inline-four utilizes both a turbocharger and a supercharger to delivery 240 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque smoothly and quickly.

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