Fun: 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Functional: 2009 Honda Odyssey

As a people mover, the refined and revered Odyssey delivers terrific bang for the buck -- thanks in part to outstanding resale values -- favors efficiency over excess, and isn't likely to garner preferential treatment at the valet stand. As a sports car, Mazda's venerable MX-5 can be described the same way. And you can treat mom to one of each for just less than $50,000.

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