Five used enthusiast cars worth reheating

If you’re like me, you’re probably just coming around from your annual post-Thanksgiving tryptophan-induced coma, and paired with your newfound consciousness is a renewed hunger for all those delicious dishes chilling out in the fridge. As long it’s properly stored, the extra turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy will last for a while – kinda like a well maintained used car. So in that spirit, we’ve put together a list of five older enthusiast cars ready for Round Two.

As you might suspect, we’ve focused primarily on performance and fun factor behind the wheel for this list, but daily drivability, reliability, and cost to own were also factored in.

So then – are you picking through the automotive cupboard looking for something to satisfy? If you answered “yes,” then consider the following tasty possibilities…

Continue reading for our list of Top 5 Automotive Leftovers.

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Automotive Leftovers

Ford Fiesta ST

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After years and years of success in the European market, the Blue Oval finally brought the Fiesta ST to the U.S. in 2013. This thing is pure hot hatch goodness, offering 200 horsepower thanks to a turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder, all of which is dumped to the front axle by way of a six-speed manual gearbox. Pricing when new came to just over $22,000, but these days, you can pick one up for around $15,000 – less than half the price of a brand-new Focus RS.

Read the full review here.

Mazda MX-5

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When it comes to affordable roadsters, the MX-5 is the yardstick. In fact, this zoom-zoom icon is so good, it’s often used to judge other open-top “driver’s cars” costing twice as much, besting the competition with huge tossability and practically infinite smile creation. Mazda just released the fourth-gen ND model in 2014, but if you poke around, you can pick up a solid older generation for less than $5,000. And that’s not a bad price for a legend.

Read the full review here.

Mini Cooper Hardtop

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Compared to the original, the new Mini has grown – substantially. That said, older examples of the hardtop (first and second generation) are still quite good, offering lots of style and presence without too much bloat. Expect to pay between $9,000 and $13,000, depending on trim, and opt for the Cooper S or John Cooper Works model if you’re looking for extra muscle for your Mini. Just stay away from the Countryman, unless of course you want your compact riding on stilts.

Read the full review here.

Subaru WRX

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This rally-bred street fighter is exactly what you need if you prioritize drivetrain and powerplant performance above all else. The first WRX to come stateside arrived in 2002, and since then, the model has been ripping turbo four-wheel drifts at autocross, rallycross, and road race events across the country. Depending on the model year, you can get yours as a four-door sedan, four-door wagon, or four-door hatchback, and prices vary wildly depending on mileage and condition. But if you’re looking for the ultimate in speed potential, check out the even-faster STI model.

Read the full review here.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Volkswagen GTI 2006

VW has been making the Golf since 1974, and traditionally, the GTI has been the model to get. More recently, the Golf lineup was bolstered with an even hotter R variant, but older GTI’s still make for an impressive used proposition. In fact, the Golf GTI helped to popularize the term “hot hatch,” and successive generations have all paid tribute to the original with nippy handling, a responsive engine, and a good deal of practicality.

Read the full review here.

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