8. Fiat 500 Abarth
The Fiat 500 Abarth is a car in need of some attention. Never mind the small size, this vehicle is a lot of fun to drive. And make no mistake, the Fiat 500 Abarth is a city car that loves to rip and snort its way down country roads too. With the exception of much more expensive sports cars, you’re not going to find an exhaust note that comes close to the sound you get in this Abarth. Not even Fiat’s 124 Spyder sports car sounds as great when the engine is humming as the 500 Abarth. And while this may be a compact car, it nevertheless is capable of producing 160 horsepower from its tiny 1.4-liter engine. The Abarth is like a mini Ferrari on steroids. The manual gearbox isn’t perfect, and the 500 Abarth isn’t designed strictly for off road driving. But for zipping around the city or tooling around in the country on weekends, this Fiat is criminally fun to drive.
7. Cadillac CTS-V
Forget the fact that this car is a Cadillac. In fact, forget everything you know about Cadillacs. Instead, imagine that you’re able to take a Buick Lacrosse sedan and insert a rocket missile onto the back. Because that is essentially what you get when driving the Cadillac CTS-V, which happens to be a 640 horsepower performance monster that is capable of devouring rival BMWs and Mercedes for breakfast. While that statement might sound like a stretch, it really isn’t. This Cadillac is a true American luxury car, and is absolutely fun to drive whether you’re gunning the engine or simply taking it on a relaxing drive on a Sunday afternoon. The 6.2-liter V8 engine is happy to hum along at polite, legal speeds or tear some asphalt off the road if you want to ignore the limit. Some automotive journalists have taken to calling the Cadillac CTS-V a Corvette with four doors. High praise indeed. Too bad BMW and Mercedes models get all the glory and attention. This Cadillac is worthy of consideration.