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Car and Driver is the most respected motoring magazine in America and they recently carried out a comprehensive group test to find the best handling car under $40,000 (£25,500).
They started out with ten cars: the Ford Mustang GT, Mazda MX5 Miata, Mini John Cooper Works, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, Nissan 370Z, and Volkswagen GTI, a pretty formidable bunch! After the first round of testing four cars were eliminated and the remaining six were subjected to serious scrutiny. Two days were spent bombing southeast Ohio’s roller coaster of Appalachian tarmac, followed by a full day of instrumented proving-grounds testing to find lateral acceleration, braking distances, and slalom velocity. The inquiry was capped off with an extra-full day of lapping the 2.2-mile superb Grattan Raceway Park to get full, unabridged impressions of each car’s limits and behaviours. Lap times were recorded and broken down into sectors for analysis but played no role in the finishing order.Watch the video to see how our favourite sports car got on:
The full test procedures and findings make very interesting reading and you can click on the photo below to visit the car and driver website or click on the magazine cover above for a comparative performance table of all the top cars (PDF).