In today’s world, people are searching for cars with high fuel efficiency. However, this often brings smaller engines and boring horsepower. In 2016, it is possible to uncover vehicles that deliver economical characteristics and manage to score high when it comes to performance and power so that road trips remain exciting.
2016 Subaru WRX
The 2016 Subaru WRX is one of the fastest and best handling cars offered for under $40,000. Few other vehicles can boast practical function and track-inspired performance. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, and sporty suspension, a driver will enjoy sharp handling around turns. With the six-speed manual transmission, shifts are short and even. One extra gear has been added from the previous year’s model, which helps the car achieve 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
Since the WRX has well-tuned power steering, sporty suspension, large-diameter anti-rollbars, and strong brakes, some drivers feel the automobile is a bit stiff on the road. However, when a person wants to let loose and have some fun, the traction control can be disabled. In addition, the electronic torque vectoring braking system helps the car ease through corners like a bolt of lightning. To enhance the handling on Premium and Limited models, the manufacturer included 18-inch wheels with sticky tires.
2016 Mazda MX-5
Formerly known as the Miata, the Mazda MX-5 has been fully redesigned for 2016. Although it has less horsepower than other cars in its class, it manages to take corners in an agile manner and provide some fun on the road. Under the hood, the MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine that produces 155 horsepower. Thanks to the standard six-speed manual transmission and the reduced weight, it receives great fuel efficiency.
Most drivers describe the MX-5 as “playful and engaging.” The manufacturer delivered a vehicle that performs well and offers a unique experience on the road. Its suspension absorbs the bumps but retains a sense of speed when flying around corners. A driver feels confident and in control so that he or she can go faster. Thanks to the body’s stiff design and double-wishbone suspension, the car’s tires remain planted on the ground and uphold consistent grip through all turns.
Unlike other sports cars that are made with amazing power, Mazda has created a vehicle that takes a different path toward customer excitement. The manufacturer introduced a vehicle with nimble handling that conserves speed and inertia through all twists and turns. This makes for a very enjoyable and zippy ride.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R
When driving the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R, a driver experiences German-engineered technology combined with raw power. The manufacturer describes this vehicle as “unbridled joy in a sophisticated ride.” Out of the gate, it provides 292 horsepower with its 2.0 TSI engine. The 4Motion all-wheel drive system allows a person to navigate around turns without worries. It instantly reacts to traction changes and redirects power so that the car remains in control. The Golf R is estimated to go 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and can reach speeds of 155 mph.
The Golf has always been one of the most practical cars on the market. However, the Golf R amps up the power and performance but does not sacrifice comfort. The best part about the Golf R is how unassuming it is on the road. A normal commute provides conventional sedan comfort. However, getting aggressive with the suspension and steering settings provides a sportier feel.
The Golf R has a distinct advantage over the brand’s regular GTI. The Golf R has a standard all-wheel drive system that provides smooth and precise acceleration with no wheelspin. Around turns, this vehicle remains balanced, and the suspension provides comfort on the bumpiest of roads.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro
No list of performance cars is complete without discussing Chevrolet’s Camaro. GM recently redesigned its iconic pony car and pleased the pubic with the upgrades. Besides the fresh exterior appearance, it has gotten lighter and more nimble. The biggest change was the addition of a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, the first of its kind since the third-generation models. This engine delivers 275 horsepower, which soars it from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The ride is smooth and pleasing.
For more power, a driver can select the newly developed 3.6-liter V6 engine option. It delivers 335 horsepower, which makes it the “most powerful naturally aspirated V6” in its class. With a manual transmission, it can go 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. One step further up the power ladder is the Camaro SS. This model is available with a 6.2 liter V8 engine, which provides 455 horsepower. It can hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. With the manual transmission, a driver will feel as though he or she is ready to head to a racetrack and compete with the professionals.
Despite its hefty 3,700-pound weight, handling and braking are smooth and agile on all models. When opting for the Brembo brakes, a driver will take control of every turn like a champion.
2016 Ford Fiesta ST
Since it is a party on wheels, the Ford Fiesta’s name is quite appropriate, especially for the ST version. The 2016 Ford Fiesta ST is an excellent example of how far this manufacturer has advanced over the last 10 years. Not long ago, most automakers designed small cars to appease the overseas market. Ford’s Fiesta was one of the first subcompact cars to take America by storm. With each passing year, the manufacturer adds features that keep the car fresh. Besides the new Sync 3 infotainment system, the Fiesta ST offers impressive performance and handling. Steering is tight, and the 1.6 liter turbocharged engine provides 197 horsepower. Drivers agree the steering and braking feel above average for the class. Considering its small engine size, it can go 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The icing on the cake is its sport-tuned suspension. Top speeds approach 143 mph.
This car is a fun option to drive around town. Its recipe for success rests on its playful chassis, firm steering, and turbocharged power. Budget-minded car buyers are sure to appreciate the price and performance of the Fiesta ST.
These cars prove that performance comes in all sizes and price ranges. Each of the above automobiles tops the list for 2016 and will please any driver looking for excitement on the road. Every vehicle offers impressive power and function and raises the bar for 2017.
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