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. Here are some of the best.
You might not be able to get a rare VR4 version of Mitsubishi's front-wheel drive sports car for cheap, but base models can be had for very little money.
The original TT has been overlooked by enthusiasts for awhile now, but these days, they're cheap enough to deserve attention. All-wheel drive variants with a manual transmission can .
The 300ZX uses a 2+2 seating layout, so you could argue it's more grand tourer than sports car. But with looks like this and an optional twin-turbo engine, we think it deserves a spot here. can be yours for less than $10,000.
The 500 Abarth has been on sale in the US since 2012, and used examples are finally starting to creep . If you want a practical little city car that makes a great sound, it's hard to go wrong with this thing.
It may not be rear-engined, and may not have a flat-six, but the Porsche 944 is still oodles of fun for very little money. Naturally aspirated examples , and even if you go for the Turbo model, you won't be breaking the $10,000 mark.
The Pontiac GTO's looks may not be for everybody, but it's hard to hate an LS V8 sending power to the rear wheels via a manual transmission. Whether it be or , you're gonna have a good time behind the wheel.
Like the 500 Abarth, the Fiesta ST can be found . It's still arguably the best modern hot hatch you can buy, even with today's stiff competition.
The Crossfire is basically a Mercedes-Benz SLK underneath, all the way down to the 3.2-liter V6 engine. It has some eye-catching looks and drives well. , you can't really go wrong.
Since they've been on sale for a few years, you can find and Subaru BRZ . 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 the more affordable 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 , and you can get C4s . How can you say no to an '80s and '90s 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 . And where used Mustangs lack handling, they make up for it with cheap power.
If you don't want your driving season to end once the snow starts falling, consider an old WRX. Cheap examples , 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 , you can find . Just don't blame us when you end up addicted to revving that engine all the way to redline.
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. , there's to put in your garage.
Older M3s have become collectibles, 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 . you can own right now listed on eBay.
Like the E36, the E46-generation M3 falls in the middle ground between appreciating classic and expensive modern M cars. It's than its predecessor, but with a 332-horsepower straight-six under the hood, that's expected.
If you're willing to get something a bit older, early RX-7s are still reasonably priced as well. Newer ones are no longer affordable, but cars can be yours for under $10,000.
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 .
People who remember the last generation of Eclipses probably don't think of them as sports cars, but prior to 2000, the Eclipse was. The all-wheel-drive versions tend to be the most desirable, but even the front-wheel-drive Eclipses . 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 good power from its naturally aspirated 3.5-liter VQ V6. is just $4595.
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, 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 some miles, you can even .