Now’s the time to buy?
We’re living at the end of an era. The internal combustion engine will still be around, but it’s going to get smaller, pokier, and even less mod-friendly. For gear-heads, technology has made great cars even greater, as automakers run headlong into another performance arms race, packing their wares with more power, more traction, and more amenities than ever before. It’s the final hurrah of the performance car as we know it, and there’s never been a better time to enjoy the drive.
Face-warping acceleration is the easy part; finding a car that connects viscerally with your senses takes time. Head to a dealer to see what’s available in your price range. The models tested here span the spectrum from entry-level to budget-blowing. Horsepower and quarter-mile speeds might look good on paper, but if your chosen chariot doesn’t have the right steering feel, or if it jostles your fillings loose, you’ll be in a world of hurt for years.