As cars have become quieter, safer, and – pound for pound – more fuel-efficient than their predecessors, horsepower numbers have gone up steadily. Yes, we live in the Golden Age of the Vehicle Engine right now. You'd be hard-pressed to even find a new car with fewer than 100 horses under the hood today, even counting electric vehicles, and they're all serious penny-pinchers, such as the Chevrolet Spark or Toyota Prius C.

In the old days, you could have a lot of fun with double-digit power numbers, but cars are heavier and commutes are longer now. So, regardless of whether your reasons are based on real-world needs or philosophical positions, what's the lowest horsepower figure you could tolerate in any (highway-legal in North America, four-wheeled, 2016 model) car?

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