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$25,000 Challenge: Find Us the Best Driving Used Manual Transmission Car

$25,000 Challenge: Find Us the Best Driving Used Manual Transmission Car

We’ve had some intriguing challenges related to used cars lately. We asked you to find the fastest car from 0-60 mph for $20k or less, and then we tracked down the best winter beater for $5,000 and the weirdest car for $2k or less. Now we are increasing the budget and asking for the best driving car for $25,000 or less. The possibilities are extensive.

Just like in our 0-60 challenge, a well-maintained C5 Corvette or a decent C6 Corvette maybe an easy choice. Each is known for its excellent balance and connection to the road surface. Nevertheless, there are a number of other notable choices for this kind of cash.

RacingJunk.com isn’t that handy when it comes to cars that have to take a turn. With that in mind, we would be looking for something similar to: this 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S. Not only does it have a manual transmission, but it is also supercharged.

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The only major complaint about the original scion FR-S was that it was devoid of force. This one does have a supercharger, though, and while it doesn’t list a horsepower rating, we can bet it’s much more than just stock.

But in the end, the answer is always Miata and we think we’ve found the perfect solution to this challenge. This one Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring 2017 is $500 over budget but worth every penny. Not only is the Mazda The MX-5 is already world famous for its fun factor and driving skills, but it has even more to offer.

That includes Titan 7 17×9-inch wheels with Falken RT600 tires, an OS Giken 2-way limited-slip differential, Verus bottom panels along with side and rear diffusers, a GWR Roadster sports racing exhaust and Karcepts pro bushings. Those are substantial upgrades to an already exceptional vehicle.

Think you can find something that can beat it for $25k? Let us know in the comments below what you think is the best car for that kind of money.