Top 10 Sports Cars That Hold Their Value

While most sports cars take a nosedive in value during the first five years of ownership, some models are standouts for not only their performance credentials but their ability not to suck your bank account dry. Let’s look at the least depreciating sports cars you can buy.  

#10 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata

A stock Mazda Miata may not be the fastest car on this list, but it certainly ticks many other boxes. First of all, it’s a blast to drive. And the Miata is affordable, too. Toss in a reputation for reliability and easy mods, and this car is a no-brainer for a bargain sports car choice.

#9 Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

Thanks to its legendary 3.7-liter V-6 engine making 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, the 370Z is the real deal when it comes to sports car performance. That means a 0-60 mph time below five seconds and a suspension to match. Because the sixth-generation Z has been around since 2009, you’ll find a Nissan 370Z for sale for every budget.

#8 Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

A strong “bang for your buck” approach to sports cars has been a winning formula for many vehicles, including the Chevrolet Camaro for sale. With power plants ranging from a turbo-four cylinder to a monster supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, the Camaro can be configured for different tastes and wallets.  Its aggressive styling also tells you the Camaro is good for show as well as go.

#7 Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

The BRZ is another fun and affordable choice for a value-holding sports car. Interestingly, the BRZ edges out its Toyota 86 twin in the depreciation department. Perhaps it’s due to Subaru’s reputation for reliability or its base of brand-loyal fans.

#6 Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

What the Challenger lacks in European levels of refinement, it makes up for in sheer performance and ability. This over-the-top power includes the SRT Super Stock variant and its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 packing 807 ponies—it’s a street-legal drag racer. The Challenger is the undisputed horsepower champion among modern American muscle cars. 

#5 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

The Mustang is Ford’s longest-running nameplate (the F-150 debuted in 1975). Its legion of fans and levels of performance options (like the Camaro and Challenger have) help propel the Mustang to a leading spot in sports car values. After almost 60 years on the road, the Ford Mustang for sale can still turn heads and light up tracks.

#4 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Of course, no sports car list is complete without at least one Porsche entry.  The droptop version of the 911 offers the ideal combination of German engineering and fun in the sun.  Add in the fact that Porsches are always in demand, and it’s easy to see why these vehicles are among the least depreciating sports cars you can buy.

#3 Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX

The WRX is a unique entry on this list; it’s the only four-door. Blend sedan practicality with all-wheel-drive capability and a 268 horsepower engine (310 in STI trim) for a sure-footed sports car that can handle family-hauling duties. Those loyal Subaru fans help keep up the WRX’s value, too.

#2 Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

The GTR makes no apologies for being a bit of a throwback, as the focus here is on acceleration and handling instead of refinement and creature comforts.  And that’s OK for GT-R lovers who appreciate up to 565 horsepower and an all-wheel-drive setup. 

#1 Porsche 911

Porsche 911

No matter if you call it a “porsh” or “por-shuh,” a 911 is at the top of this sports car heap for its legendary performance and reliability.  These factors, along with a head-spinning number of variants, keep the Porsche 911 for sale at the forefront of most sports car lovers’ wish lists.  It’s good to be the king and to drive one.