7. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Yes, there are a million jokes about this car. No, it is not just for dentists, or balding men who want a reasonable midlife crisis car, or young girls who can’t handle raw power. Those who haven’t driven the MX-5 through a slalom don’t get what the car is all about. It might look “cute” but the car can carve through turns with the best, which is what makes it a hugely popular vehicle for autocross. The fact that the little Mazda sips fuel, achieving an estimated 28 mpg on the highway, plus it is highly reliable and is quite affordable to buy means that you’ll have more money available to do other activities during the summer, which is better than watching the beach from your mechanic’s waiting room.