Practical, affordable cars were the most popularly researched this week.
The Honda Accord is affordable, and with a wide variety of available powertrains, it’s also especially versatile. A shortage of batteries from Japan is creating a shortage of the new hybrid models for North America, but there’s also a fuel-efficient four-cylinder and a powerful V6. Heck, Honda even still offers a coupe.
Then there’s the Dodge Dart. Sitting on the large end of the compact sedan segment, it boasts a particularly stylish interior and rides on a platform borrowed from Alfa Romeo.
Aggressive as the Dart looks, it really isn’t anything to write home about from a performance perspective. If you’re in the mood for fuel efficiency and driving fun, it really doesn’t get any better than the Mazda MX-5. It has splendid driving dynamics, a small engine and sends power to the rear wheels. The most exciting part is that there’s a new version due out soon.
Have more scratch and an itch for something potent? BMW can satiate your appetite with its new M235i. Boasting a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six, the replacement to BMW’s now-gone 1 Series is smoking hot fun.
Like any car with a blue-and-white propeller badge, it’s also pretty expensive. Thankfully, Cadillac has a reasonable middle-ground between the frugal MX-5 and the ferocious BMW. Its ATS compact sport sedan boasts impressive driving dynamics and an available six-speed manual linked to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s no boosted Bimmer, but it’s still a big hit with driving enthusiasts.