For Father’s Day, here are two automobiles—the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and 2017 Focus RS—that are not only stellar buys, but come with a manual transmission for the true driving experience.
Have Dad go topless!
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF
Come on, splurge on Dad and get him a sporty ride that demands a stick shift. Mazda’s Miata family has a cult following and for good reason. Their attractive two-seaters are not only reliable but attractive, inexpensive and simply a joy to drive. The latest edition—the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF—is loaded with options, rests on 17-inch alloy wheels, and gets 155 horses darting out of its SKYACTIV, 2.0-Liter, 4-cylinder engine. Graciously, all of this power still won’t make this two-seater constantly thirsty thanks to a combined 29 miles to the gallon.
Inside, a booming BOSE nine-speaker sound system, push-button start, Bluetooth technology, leather-trimmed sport seats, and convertible roof with automatic activation further justify its loyal fan base. Need we say more? At $34,310 with all the bells and whistles, the RF is even harder to pass up.
Fuel Economy: 26 city/33 highway/ 29 combined
Base Price: $32,620
Unleash the beast!
2017 Ford Focus RS
Even Waldo is easier to find than a new American automobile boasting manual transmission, but thankfully the beastly 2017 Ford Focus RS hatchback has saved the day. Flexing a road-terrorizing 350-horsepower engine from its 2.3L EcoBoost engine, the signature Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive System for optimal maneuverability, and different power modes including Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift are just a few of the mouthwatering performance options lighting up the auto industry.
While its muscular exterior complete with a menacing front grille, rear spoiler, custom fog lamps, dual exhaust, and optional 18-inch RS Sparkle Silver-painted alloy wheels turns heads, the interior is just as attractive. The high-performance RECARO seating; leather and alloy stick shift; advanced, yet user-friendly SYNC3 interface; 10-speaker Sony sound system; and rearview camera further enhance the riding experience.
Ultimately, this Ford is a monster Dad would love to unleash.
Fuel Economy: 19 city/25 highway/ 22 combined
Base Price: $36,120