Many people feel that owning a sports car is an expense they can’t afford. While many of the higher end models may be out of reach for most car buyers, there are many fun and sporty options that you can get for a car payment close to that of an average vehicle. If you want the fun of a sports vehicle but can’t afford the hefty price tag, check out the Top 5 sports cars that won’t break the bank.
5.) Chevrolet Camaro SS (Starting at $25,905)
A new design and upgraded engine have moved the Chevy Camaro to one of the top affordable sports cars available. The car feels powerful and it is. The 6.2 liter, V-8 455 hp engine which is also available in a supercharged model, is comparable to sports cars that are almost three times the cost. The car is complete with a smooth changing 8-speed automatic transmission, which brings it back to its original muscle car roots. While constructed more like the classic, it offers all the 21st century technology, including touch screen and 4G LTE Wi-Fi to save data on your cell phone or tablet device. The Chevy Camaro goes 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and has four powertrain options that will work for all levels of sports car enthusiasts.
4.) Nissan 370Z (Starting at $29,990)
This car is described as a “living legend.”. Many reviews list the Nissan 370Z as a driver’s car for its high performance and smooth handling. The 3.7-liter V6 engine gives the car the power needed for a sports car and the 6-speed transmission with SynchroRev Match Function provides the vehicle with superior shifting giving the driver a smooth ride. The 370Z is known for its precise steering and athletic handling, which makes turning a breeze and keeps a firm grip on the road.
All trims offer a wide range of technology features, including hands-free Bluetooth capability. While priced higher than some of the models listed here, it still is more affordable than many of the traditional sports cars on the market.
3.) Ford Mustang (Starting at $25,585)
It is no surprise that one of the most popular Detroit muscle cars, the Ford Mustang, has made it towards the top of the list.
The 2.3-liter 4 cylinder engine comes in both six and ten-speed models that provide the power you would expect from the name Mustang. The new models are throwing back to the classic look of the Shelby GT 350, with better sight lines, new and improved shock absorbers and stabilizer bars to help improve car handling. The new specs provide better handling control and automotive technology, including an enhanced sound system, while still keeping the muscle car feel that the Mustang started as.
2.) Toyota 86 (Starting at $26,255)
The Scion has got a new name, and it’s the Toyota 86. The Toyota 86 is a nice little sports car for buyers on a budget. The vehicle’s engine is a 2 liter flat four, which produces 205 horsepower and 156 pounds of torque when it’s matched with the six-speed manual transmission option. The automatic option will drop the horsepower to 200, but few will be able to notice. The design was created for a smooth ride even on winding roads and an outer design that will turn heads.
While it may not have as much power as others on the list, it is a great handling sports car with a price that can’t be beat. All trim levels are well equipped and include extras such as USB connection, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
1.) Mazda Miata RF (Starting at $29,999)
The Miata’s retractable fastback is an appealing option for sports car drivers looking for an all-season vehicle. The 2-liter 4-cylinder 155 horsepower engine has 148 lbs-feet of torque, which can take the driver from 0 to 60 in as little as 6.1 seconds. The six-speed transmission and sleek design makes the car a sporty fun drive that is attractive to look at. Those who like fast, but quiet road trips will enjoy the Traga- style roof, which helps to limit both wind and road noise. Models come well-equipped and also offer add-ons such as all-weather floor mats and cargo nets.