14 Fun Sports Cars That Are Surprisingly Cheap
According to you.
Sometimes they have high running costs, but for less than the cost of a lot of economy sedans, you can probably afford to buy a sports car. We asked you on Friday what the best used cheap sports cars are. Here are the answers we saw most.
Since they’ve been on sale for a few years, you can find early examples of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ hovering around $15,000. For that, you’re getting a brilliant rear-wheel drive chassis, and a great platform for modifications.
Enthusiasts love the M versions of BMW’s Z3 roadster and coupe, but they’re expensive. We’d recommend non-M six-cylinder Z3s for their silky smooth engines and nice handling.
For the money, few cars offer as much performance as the Chevy Corvette. Prices on C5 Corvettes have come down a good bit, and you can get C4s for very little money. How can you say no to an ’80s icon like this?
Even more than the Corvette, there’s a Mustang available for every budget. Fox-body Mustangs offer tons of tuning potential for very little money, as do SN-95s. Heck, with a little hunting, you can even find SN-197 Mustang GTs for less than $10,000. And where used Mustangs lack handling, they make up for it with cheap power.
Much like the Honda S2000, the Miata is a four-cylinder Japanese roadster. It’s just less powerful, less extreme, and less expensive. But don’t let that fool you, though. Every generation of Miata is still a blast to drive. Regardless of how much you have to spend, there’s a Miata you can afford to put in your garage.
If you don’t want your driving season to end once the snow starts falling, consider an old WRX. Cheap examples are easy to find, and that turbocharged boxer four sound will have you smiling for days.
It’s been a while since Honda sold the S2000, but its agility and high-revving engine still make it a great car to buy used. They aren’t dirt cheap yet, and probably won’t ever be, but if you have $10,000 or so, you can easily find a fairly clean example. Just don’t blame us when you end up addicted to revving that engine all the way to redline.
Older M3s have become collectible, which is driving up their value. Meanwhile, newer M3s are still priced relatively high. If you’re looking for one on a budget, the E36 is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s less powerful than the European version, but you’ll still have a blast driving an E36 M3 with a manual transmission.
If you’re looking for something funky, look no further than the Mazda RX-8. It looks like a coupe, but its shape hides two small back doors. And under the hood, you’ll find the last rotary engine sold in a U.S. car. If you can handle how quickly it goes through oil, an RX-8 is still awesome.
The base price of a new Porsche 911 is now scarily close to $100,000, and the cost of old air-cooled 911s has skyrocketed. Still, if you can get past the look of the 996’s headlights, it’s a sports car bargain. Thanks to overblown fears of engine failure, prices have been driven down to surprisingly affordable levels.
People who remember the last generation of Eclipses probably don’t think of them as sports cars, but prior to 2000, the Eclipse was much more of a performance car. The all-wheel-drive versions tend to be the most desirable, but even the front-wheel-drive Eclipses are a hoot. Just avoid the ones that look like they fell victim to the Fast and Furious.
If you’re looking for a solid, two-seat, front-engine, reliable sports car, it’s hard to go wrong with the 350Z. It’s rear-wheel drive, and makes a good amount of power from its naturally aspirated 3.5-liter VQ V6.
Toyota recently got back into the sports car game with the Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86), but an even-more-affordable option is the MR2. Toyota’s mid-engine sports car was fun to drive and still looks great today. Plus, with three generations to pick from, clean examples fit a wide range of budgets.
The 996 may be the most-affordable 911, but the Boxster and its hardtop twin the Cayman are still the most-affordable Porsches. But don’t let the low prices fool you. The Boxster is still wonderful to drive. And since they’ve been on the market for 20 years, you have plenty to choose from. If you’re ok with a high-mileage example, you can even get a Boxster for close to $5,000.