Unlike anything since the Mazda Miata, the 2013 Subaru BRZ (and the nearly identical Scion FR-S) exists purely to instill joy in the act of driving. Sure, it's got only 200 horsepower, but our test drives proved that the lightweight, rev-happy rear-wheel-drive sportster is so delicately balanced that you can feel the chassis dance with the pavement beneath you – at real-world speeds, not just on a racetrack at 150 mph. [from $25,495; subaru.com]
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