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5 Affordable Sports Cars

Updated June 18, 2018

A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa just sold at auction for a whopping $12.1 million. Of course, not everyone has that kind of money just laying around. I have five affordable sports cars that should fit any car budget. All of these sports cars are available for under $50,000. Keep in mind that some options may increase the price of these sports cars over that threshold.

Affordable Sports Car #1: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

About two years too late, GM has introduced a remake of the classic Camaro. Personally, I think this car should have come out when Ford introduced their remake of the Mustang. However, this is a very affordable sports car if you purchase the base model. The base model is available for $22,995 and boasts a V6 engine. Want a little more power? The SS model which has a V8 engine is available for $30,995 – making either option an affordable sports car.

Affordable Sports Car #2: 2009 BMW 135i

If you crave German engineering and the sophistication of a European manufactured car, look no further than the BMW 135i. With this affordable sports car, you will have 300 hp of sophistication at your fingertips, wrapped in a sexy body inspired by the vintage BMW 2002 sports car. This is an affordable sports car, but is a little pricier than the other cars mentioned in this article. The MSRP starts at $35,850 and goes up. If you desire an automatic transmission and the deluxe trim, you’re looking at an MSRP in the neighborhood of $42,000. Some benefits of purchasing an BMW includes their maintenance program. BMW covers all maintenance on your vehicle for the first 4 years/50,000 miles you own it. This means everything except for flat tires is covered (unless the flat tire is a manufacturers defect). This maintenance program will save you money and is a reason why I included this car on my affordable sports car list.

Affordable Sports Car #3: 2009 Pontiac Solstice

Another great affordable sports car that is made in the USA is the Pontiac Solstice. This affordable sports car comes in at a MSRP of $24,275-$30,375. It is a sporty roadster that is fun to drive. GM is getting rid of the Pontiac brand, but will still service the cars sold through other dealers like Chevrolet and Cadillac. Your Solstice may depreciate rapidly but in the future it might become a collector car. Since Pontiac dealers are shedding their inventory, you will most definately be able to find this affordable sports car for under MSRP, and even under invoice in some cases at some dealerships.

Affordable Sports Car #4 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata

If you like small sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is perfect for you. It’s easy both on the eyes and the wallet with a MSRP of $21,750-$29,290. This is by far a very affordable sports car. If you need a car that will seat more than just two people, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is not for you. However, if you just crave an affordable sports car that is reliable and sleek, look no further than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Affordable Sports Car #5 2009 Honda S2000

If you have a need for speed, the Honda S2000 is the affordable sports car for you. Not only is this car little in stature, it is also little in price with an MSRP of $34,995-$37,995. According to US News, this is a no-frills sports car that is meant for racing. It boasts a lot of power. Whether you prefer small two-seater sports cars such as the Honda S2000 or the Mazda MX-5 Miata, American favorites such as the Pontiac Solstice and Chevy Camaro, or luxury German engineering of the BMW 135, there’s an affordable sports car out there for you.

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