Ever so often, in the humdrum world of everyday cars, it is possible to come across a real gem. These cars are no Ferrari or Corvette, but they’re not exactly slouches either. Believe it or not, there are cars out there that are a joy to drive and don’t require you to be a lawyer, a banker or an Arab sheikh in order to own one. Here are 4 of the most exciting cars you can buy, without breaking the bank.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The rise of Hyundai has been the Cinderella story of the automotive world. Here is a Korean company, with a background in construction and heavy machinery, that wasn’t afraid to throw down the gauntlet to the big Japanese manufacturers. If you look across the range right now, Hyundai definitely produces more fantastic cars than Toyota. One of the reasons Hyundai does so well is their ability to do the unexpected. A classic example of this was when they revealed the Genesis concept; it made people’s jaw drop and turned naysayers into fans. The Genesis Coupe bucked the trend of American manufacturers trying to sell V6s in cars with front-wheel drive. Since 2013, you can get a Genesis Coupe that packs a whopping 345bhp V6 engine with a crazy good 8-speed automatic. The Hyundai Genesis is definitely one of the most exciting cars to drive and has established itself as a darling of the automotive world.
Holden VF Commodore
Holden never seems to get the love or recognition it truly deserves. It may be an Australian institution, but apart from gear heads no one else ever gets to hear about the amazing cars Holden makes. Of course, a big reason is General Motors trying to stick a Chevrolet logo on everything that isn’t sold in Australia or New Zealand. Holden has produced a number of exciting cars over the years and their current offering to get your adrenaline pumping is the VF Commodore. Americans will be getting it as the next Cobalt SS, but make no mistake, it is a Holden through and through. Whether you get one of the V6s or the top-of-the-line V8s, this front-engine rear-wheel drive behemoth has the handling to match the grunt the engine produces. It is rare to find a car that is perfect for everyday use and can still blow your socks off when you floor the gas pedal on the highway.
Strictly speaking, you are more likely to end up owning this car as the Toyota 86. However, you do have the option to purchase it branded as a Subaru BRZ. The wait will be much longer, but honestly, what would you rather own? A Subaru or a Toyota? The BRZ is a joint collaboration between the two Japanese companies and clearly, both companies had their best minds working to make this car a reality. The Genesis Coupe proved that there was a market for affordable FR layout cars. The Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 capitalized on people’s desire for exciting cars that don’t necessarily have to be powerful in order to provide thrills. It may have only a 2.0 litre engine, but that’s not a bad thing. Subaru made its reputation with 2.0 litre rally cars that had excellent handling; the BRZ stems from the same school of white-knuckle driving. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hardest guys to please in the automotive world (just ask Porsche 911 owners), rates the ‘Toyobaru’ as one of the best cars he has ever driven in a long, long time. Praise doesn’t get any higher than that, especially for a car that is so affordable.
2015 Ford Mustang
We admit we cheated on this one. The sixth generation Mustang isn’t out for sale yet, but there is no way we could have ignored it from this list. Some cars are well worth waiting for and the 2015 Mustang definitely falls into that category. As Ford releases more and more details about the car, the more exciting it gets. Over the decades, the trusty Mustang has earned a reputation for being the common man’s sports car. It seems the new generation will continue that trend with the 2015 Mustangs being priced competitively. Ford blew everyone away when they unveiled the Ford Evos concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Early spy photos indicate the new Mustang will take styling cues from the macho Evos concept; a truly mouth-watering prospect. If you want a good-looking muscle car for the cost of a family sedan, you can’t do any better than the pony from Ford.
If you are looking for sheer excitement on a budget, these cars are definitely the perfect combination of fun and utility. Even if you save up enough for a Corvette or a SRT Viper, you’ll probably have to sell your house in order to insure the vehicle. The Genesis Coupe, VF Commodore, Subaru BRZ, and Mustang are not only affordable to buy, but also a lot cheaper and easier to maintain in the long run.
Author Byline : Today’s guest author, Greg Fowler, is a part of the team at AutoInsureSavings, a company offering auto insurance quotes, among other services. He is quite passionate about traveling and he enjoys taking his children on long drives and road trips when he gets free from work. You can follow him on Twitter @Autosavings1.