Enthusiasts know all about the best rear wheel drive cars, and, for good reason. When it comes to acceleration and handling, weight balance, and just the pure fun-to-drive aspect, there’s simply nothing like a rear wheel drive car – preferably a sports car. For consumers who need a daily driver and family car, but also want a sporty feel, there are rear wheel drive cars to fit that requirement as well.

Here, then, are three picks for Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars. There’s a little bit to please everyone.

  • Chevrolet CorvetteConsumers in search of a highly-capable rear-wheel drive performer that’s also a great daily driver may want to test drive the base 2010 Chevrolet Corvette. Sure, it’s a two-seater – and that’s part of the fun. It is, after all, a luxury sports car. With its standard 430 hp 6.2-liter V8 engine and 6-speed manual transmission, Corvette has performance capabilities matching the exotic sports cars – but at a reasonable base manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $48,930. New for 2010, a Grand Sport model replaces last year’s Z51 – and cranks out 436 horsepower. Consumer Guide raves: “The Best Buy Corvette is fast fun. These are reasonable practical sports cars that cost thousands less than rivals with similar performance, making them great choices.”
  • BMW 3-SeriesNamed one of Car and Driver’s “10Best” for 18 consecutive years, the midsize luxury BMW 3-Series for 2010, available in four body styles, and rear-wheel drive in 328i and 335i, might just be the best sport sedan built today. Although it loves a twisty road, 3 Series is also a great contender for a daily driver. Edmunds says, “Driving is what the 2010 BMW 3 Series does best,” hailing the entry-level luxury sedan’s “unmatched ride/handling balance, smooth and powerful engines, upscale cabin.”
  • Mazda MX-5 MiataDriving enthusiasts on a budget can have it all (almost) with the 2010 Mazda MX-5 roadster that Consumer Reports gave a Top Recommendation, and Consumer Guide a Best Buy. This compact is fun to drive, features precise steering and handling, low base price (starting MSRP of $22,810), and loads of refinement. It all adds up to one of the best rear wheel drive cars. Kelley Blue Book remarks: “The lightweight roadster may not be big on horsepower, but its 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, dynamic suspension and lightning-quick steering make it a blast to drive, while its excellent fuel economy makes it the perfect commuter car.”