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The 18 Greatest Front-Wheel Drive Track Cars You Can Buy

When it comes to driving on track, the right front-wheel drive car can provide plenty of feedback and fun.

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Nick Berard

A front-wheel drive car can be a great tool for learning how to drive fast at the limit—often for a pretty affordable price. These are some of the best front-drive track cars out there today.

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Honda
Honda Fit

The Fit might not have been Honda's best driver's car, but with a little work, it can be a great, cheap track toy. You'll need to do a little digging to find one with a stick, though. Here's a second-gen five-speed Fit Sport on eBay for under $6000.

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Hyundai
Hyundai Veloster N

The Veloster N is one of the newest entries into the hot hatch game, with 275 horsepower and chassis tuning from ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann. It's wonderful to drive, especially on a road course.

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Ford
Ford SVT Focus

The SVT Focus is becoming increasingly rare, but they're worth seeking out. From the factory, they were fit with a 170-hp version of Ford's Zetec engine and a host of chassis mods.

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Honda
Honda CRX

The CRX is great for a lot of reasons. It looks cool. It's incredibly light. Like any Honda, it's super-reliable. Of course it's going to be fun on track. Here's a well-kept Si model listed on eBay right now.

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Mazda
Mazda2

At first glance, the Mazda2 seems like any other budget economy car. It's tiny, with a small engine, and it's built to fit in tight spaces. But club racers have taken the 2's nimble chassis and made it a serious competitor.

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Ford SVT Contour

The SVT Contour is one of the best sleepers of the late 1990s. It paired a 200-horsepower V-6 to a five-speed manual, shrouded in a four-door sedan body. They're rare nowadays, but with a little searching, you'll be able to find one for sale.

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Fiat
Fiat 500 Abarth

If you're looking to stand out among all the Honda and Ford hatches at your local track event, consider a 500 Abarth. It's light, sounds great, and drives wonderfully. Best of all, they've depreciated to the four-figure range.

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Volkswagen
Volkswagen GTI

No matter what generation GTI you're into, you'll have the basis for a wonderfully capable track machine. Upgrade the brakes and tires, and you'll be lapping your local track until you run out of gas. Here's a Mk-7 model you can own for less than $20,000.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Cobalt SS

The Cobalt SS may look like a high-trim rental car from the outside, but it's packing some serious heat under the hood—a 260-horsepower turbocharged inline-four, to be exact, with plenty of modding potential. This one's listed on eBay right now for around $9000.

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Dodge
Dodge Neon SRT4

Neons dominated club racing and autocross courses back in the day, so it only makes sense to have one on this list. The SRT4 is the most powerful one out there. This one for sale was turned into a race car for a driving school.

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Acura
Acura Integra Type R

With a lightweight, stiff structure and a high-revving VTEC engine, there's endless amounts of fun to be hand with the Integra Type R. Our own Sam Smith even bought one because he loves them so much.

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Acura
Acura RSX

Good Integras are getting harder to find. That's why it's worth seeking out the Integra's successor—the RSX. We never got a Type R version in the US, but the Type S was a sweet-handling car with a high-revving four-cylinder.

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Honda
Honda Civic Type R

The Civic Type R held the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring, which should tell you all you need to know about it. This low-mile 2018 is on eBay right now for under $35,000.

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Honda Civic Si

Of course, if the Type R is a little too expensive, the current Civic Si remains one of the best front-wheel drive economy cars you can own. Here's a 2017 coupe for $20,000.

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Mazda
Mazdaspeed3

The Mazdaspeed3 is famous for its torque-steer, but it still makes for a great track car. It does make 280 lb-ft of torque from its turbo-four, after all. If you're willing to deal with relatively high mileage, this red example can be yours for $11,000.

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Ford Fiesta ST

Ford hit it out of the park with the Fiesta ST. It's a cheap, practical, reliable daily driver than doubles as a track machine when needed. Novices and veterans alike appreciate all it has to offer. They also make great rally cars. Here's a bright green example listed for $14,000.

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If you love the idea of the Fiesta ST but need more space, Ford has your hot hatch bases covered. With 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the Focus ST is significantly more powerful than the Fiesta ST, too. It's not nearly as defined as the Volkswagen GTI, but it will still be great fun when the roads get a bit twisty.
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Ford Focus ST

If the Fiesta is just a little too small for your needs, the Focus ST is another great choice. It has 252 horsepower sent to the front wheels via a good old fashioned six-speed manual transmission. Do you really need much else? This one has low miles, and you can own it today.

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BMW Group
Mini Cooper

Minis have been popular budget racers since John Cooper began hot-rodding the tiny machines. They remain one of the most smile-inducing FWD cars on the market. This high-performance John Cooper Works model can be yours for under $30,000.

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