10 Cheapest Sports Cars Under $30,000 (Honest Buying Guide)

It will be hard to find a man on this planet who has never dreamed about owning a fast and loud sports car. Modern television and media keep planting this idea into our heads that if you consider yourself well off and successful an impractical speedster must be parked in your garage.

Since for the majority of people a purchase of such a scale as a sports car should be carefully planned and all options must be considered we came up with this list of the most affordable sports car on today’s market.

New production cars featured in this video:

Ford Mustang: www.ford.com/cars/mustang/2018/

The 2018 model lost its classic V6 engine, and it was replaced with a four cylinder 2.3 Liter EcoBoost that accommodates 310 hp and 350 lb-ft output. It has a rear-wheel drive that is coupled with a 6-speed manual. As always Mustang looks very aggressive and strong.

Mazda MX-5 Miata: mazdausa.com/vehicles/mx-5-miata

All of car’s trims are equipped with the same engine setup: Skyactiv 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder that is coupled with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional automatic (that will cost you roughly another $1200). For the car of such small size the engine output of 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque is more than enough. Miata has incredible acceleration of 6.1 seconds to 60 mph, beating any direct competition due to its light weight.

Fiat 124 Spider: fiatusa.com/spider.html

124 Spider is a 2-door 2-seater that comes in three trims: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. This Italian roadster is powered by a 1.4 L multiturbo 4-cylinder engine that achieves 30.5 mpg in combined cycle. This unit produces 164 horse power and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic that leverage the rear-wheel drive.

Volkswagen Golf GTI: vw.com/models/golf-gti

The design changes to the 2018 model of Golf GTI were subtle, the front and rear got updated fenders and the cabin was equipped with a more advance infotainment system. The 2.0 Liter TSI is remained unchanged and this machine can make 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The gearbox option remained a six –gear manual or a 7-speed DSG twin-clutch auto. Golf GTI has a front wheel drive that offers agile handling. The top speed is marked at 126 mph and 0-62 acceleration is at 5.9 seconds.

Ford Focus ST: ford.com/performance/focus-st

It is a compact hatch back with golden standard handling and explosive dynamics for a rather affordable price. The most recently updated 2017 model of Focus ST has a 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine that boasts 250 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It works in pair with a 6 speed manual transmission and can deliver 0-60 acceleration in 6.3 seconds and top speed of 150 mph.

Chevrolet Camaro LS: chevrolet.com/byo-vc/client/en/US/chevrolet/camaro/2018/camaro/config

The standard package of this car is priced at $26,900 and brings you a 2.0 Liter intercooled turbo engine mated with 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive. But if you want your car to pack some impressive power, you should consider opting for an American V8 that Chevrolet Camaro has to offer in its top configuration. The power output is ranked at 275 hp, but you can opt for LT trim with V6 installed that boasts 335 hp and SS trim with 455 horse power V8.

Dodge Challenger SXT: www.dodge.com/challenger.html

Despite being the cheapest option available in 2018 Dodge Challenger line-up, SXT is capable of solid performance. With its price starting from $26995, this speedster is definitely affordable for a sports car. Being not the fastest model in the line-up, SXT is claimed to have 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque delivered by its 3.6 liter V6 engine.

Subaru WRX: www.subaru.com/2018-wrx.html

Despite the changes made, the refreshed 2018 model has a familiar look. The base model has new grille designs, larger air intake, and wider mouth, and the more powerful Limited and STI versions have redesigned LED lightning additionally. The engine in 2018 Subaru WRX is the same, a 2.0 liter turbocharged flat-four delivering 268hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Toyota 86: www.toyota.com/86/

The 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine is capable of 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, enough to accelerate the vehicle to 134 mph top speed. It is likely that the 2018 86 will gain heated front seats and automatic climate control for additional comfort. With no significant changes made, the 2 door 4 seats rear wheel drive vehicle will still offer speed, comfort, and reliability associated with the brand.

Honda Civic Si: automobiles.honda.com/civic-si-coupe

The car’s reduced weight of the 2018 model year allows the 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine to demonstrate precision and agile performance. You can expect 0-60 acceleration of 6.3 seconds and top speed of 137 mph. The price is estimated at around $25,000, close to the latest 2017 facelift.


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  1. !!!UPDATE!!! 1. There is a mistake in the video. Subaru WRX's horsepower output is not 650 hp, it should say 268 hp. 2. Focus ST is a front-wheel drive.

    If you are in a search of buying an affordable sports car, then we have put together a list of the best new options. We’d like to draw your attention to the fact that we only included new cars that you will be able to buy in 2017 and 2018. If there are some used car models than can outperform these new ones, please leave them in your comments below, so we can have a quick comparison of new vs old.

  2. Aaaaaaaah if only the WRX made a good reliable 650 hp.

    I'll take a slightly lengthened RWD version of the VW Golf GTI, with a small turbo V8, widened wheel arches, and 275 rubber to hook. And for less than 30K. Should be able to get it without all the electronic junk, 3-dozen airbags, 15 drive control nannies, and 300 pounds of sound deadening.

    I long for some company out there to strip down a 4 door sedan to basic stout, durable, simple goodness, put a modern turbo small V8 under the hood, give us LSD RWD, 6 speed manual with a clutch that would never roast, and suspension to make it all work. Two airbags, some drivetrain nannies that can be completely defeated with the push of a button, including ABS. Make it all simple, durable, reliable, and give it long enough gears to get good highway MPG with that turbo V8. Oh, and don't make the car a "top trim" including 10 grand of garbage I don't want.

  3. I wish the WRX had 650 hp for 30 grand, I would buy in a heart beat! How could you miss that typo man! ?Oh and the Focus St is front wheel drive..the RS is awd! Lol

  4. Every car I've gotten from gm has been highly reliable my 16 sonic sedan has been great to my dad has a 04 gto it's been great to him my moms cts 04 runs great their cheap easy to maintain easy to fix and look good beyond the year. We buy gm but to each their own

  5. Those statements are so false. At least as far as real and mature men are concerned. The notion of a fast car yes. A loud car no. That is the most stupid thing that pathetic and low self esteemed men seem to have an obsession with. A quiet and stealth like car is more luxurious, high tech and cool. It allows us to enjoy our music or conversation. Maybe such noisy car drivers have no friends to talk to. Creating noise and attention to ourselves is just a carry over from childhood when we yelled "mommy mommy look at me" when we climbed on the monkey bars or slid down the slide.

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