It's very difficult to find a new car sold in the United States with fewer than 100 horsepower under the hood. There's the Mitsubishi Mirage, of course, and the Smart Fortwo, and... well, you get the idea. In 2016, the idea of double-digit horsepower is frowned upon by new-car shoppers. Go back a few years, though, and you'll find plenty of sub-100-horse machinery that provided ample driving fun.

1987 Honda Civic CRX

The US-market, four-cylinder Porsche 914 came with as little as 72.5 hp in the back, and it was a joy. The early Rabbit GTI - the performance model, mind you - had 90. The Fiat X1/9 got down as low as 62 horsepower, yet could be hilarious to drive (sorry, Suzuki fans, the early Swift GT had exactly 100hp and does not qualify). I have driven all those cars, and I'm going to cast my vote for the 1986-87 Honda Civic CRX Si, with 91 mighty horsepower. The early CRX Si, weighing well under a ton, will bring a smile to the face of even the most power-obsessed driver today, 30 years after it was built. What's your choice?

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