When you buy a sports car, you defy all logic. These dream machines are built for speed, not utility, and not with efficient fuel consumption in mind. For those with bottomless pockets, the price is not a consideration. But for the many that it is, there are quite a few models of sports cars going up for grabs as prices less than $30,000. Here are 5 of the better-known ones:
1. Mazda MX-5 Miata
This model has been widely underestimated for a long time. However, those who do not own one or have never driven one are its most profound critics. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is quite a zippy car with a go-cart feel to it, and it is light and fast, to boot. The 2016 model has a four-cylinder 155 horsepower engine and weighs 2.300 pounds. You get two options to choose from either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Prices start at $25,000, which is appealing indeed for this smart-looking sports car.
2. Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86
It is almost as if the Subaru/Toyota team took a page out of the Miata’s book. This light and fast sports car put Japanese cars on the market with competitive prices. The Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 is built on the lines of Japanese coupes of the 1900s and early 2000s. The engine builds up a respectable 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. Excellent balance and steering is enhanced by a low center of gravity to keep the car stable. With a starting price of $25,400, this car is a good deal by any standards.
3. Ford Fiesta ST
With cars within this price bracket, we think of the Ford Focus ST. However, it is the Ford Fiesta ST that is more enjoyable to ride than it’s kid brother! Take it for a spin around an autocross course and feel the difference. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque. With a six-speed manual transmission and torque-steer and a front-wheel drive, you will have ultimate control of this beast. Being a hatchback also makes for a pleasant change. All for just $21,460!
4. Subaru WRX
Back to Subaru, but I couldn’t help mentioning this neat creation on four wheels. It’s one of the more expensive cars on this list at $26,595, but with 0-60 in just 5 seconds, it has some authentic sports car stuff. With 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the Subaru WRX’s engine packs a punch. The six-speed manual transmission, bigger brakes, and stiffer suspension makes it a hardy sports car, with sport bucket seats to add to the fun.
5. Chevrolet Camaro V6
Here is a car that is reasonably priced but with all the guts of an actual sports car. Perhaps not as powerful as a V8 sports car, the Chevrolet Camaro V6. Dubbed as the “working man’s edition,” this is a sports car that comes just under $30,000 but has some elegant features like cloth seats, stick shift and a 335 horsepower engine with 284 lb-ft of torque. With authentic sports car looks, the Chevrolet Camaro V6 is a car that you will be proud to own.
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So, there it is in black and white. You don’t have to be real moneybags or someone rich and famous to enjoy the thrill of owning an authentic sports car – it is yours for the asking at the cost of under $30,000.