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These are the 10 best cheap sports cars for everyday use

These are the 10 best cheap sports cars for everyday use

We all dream of owning a cute little one sports cars at least once in our life. Usually we plan on waking it up from hibernation for special events or a Sunday cruise, but that’s not necessarily the end of things. Some sports cars are quite practical these days because they can seat up to four people, don’t have enough trunk space and (hopefully) don’t need to refill their gas tanks after every ride.



We’ve put together a list of fun sports cars that do just that, and best of all, they don’t break the bank, either. So, here is a list of the best sports cars that you can use as your new daily driver.

10 BMW E92 335i – $15,000

Before we say anything, let’s talk about why we didn’t put the E92 M3 on our list. Well, the answer is actually much simpler than you might have thought: it has a thirsty V8 under the hood that isn’t too reliable. And if you’re craving power, there’s no need to shell out the extra cash to upgrade to an M3, as the E92 335i also has plenty of powertrain options.

The 335i was equipped with the N55 or N54 engine, both are twin turbocharged inline six; from 2006 to 2010 they were equipped with the N54 and from then on the N55 was available. Not only do these engines produce over 300 horsepower from the factory, but can reach insane power figures with the right upgrades. We found an excellent example from 2011 on CarGurus which costs only $15,000.

Related: Here’s What We Like About the BMW N54

9 Mazda MX-5 Miata NC – $12,000

There’s a reason the Miata is the best-selling two-seat sports car ever, and not just because of its affordable price tag. The MX-5 embodies everything you would expect from a lightweight sports car: attractive styling, a rear-wheel drive powertrain, a manual transmission, a retractable roof and a rev-happy naturally aspirated engine.

The NC generation of the Miata is by far the most underrated as its bigger looks put off many hardcore Miata fans, but in return it offers a better sense of usability and doesn’t diminish the distinctive driving experience of its ancestors – we can’t don’t believe the NC Miata is honestly still that affordable.

8 Audi S5 (B8) – $15,000

As with the E92, we could have opted for the more powerful Audi RS5, and budget permitting we’d recommend it any day, but if you’re looking for a more affordable, yet still exciting Audi sports car, the S5 the perfect choice for you.

It’s big, comfortable, but also light on its feet, as a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 nestled under the hood of the S5, producing a whopping 350 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque. Couple that with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive, and you’ve got a 0-60 time of just 5 seconds, and of course the perfect drivetrain when the seasons change.

Related: 5 Audi Sports Cars We’re Staying Away From (Worth Every Penny)

7 Porsche 911 (996) – $19.990

The Porsche 911 has always maintained the reputation of being the ultimate everyday sports car for the rich man, but look, that’s exactly the problem: ‘the rich man’. But thanks to our dear friend’s write-off, that worry is nothing but days gone by, and you can pick up a 996 Carrera for just under $20,000.

Unfortunately, not all 911s have dropped in value as drastically as the 996 generation, but it also turns out to be a brilliant Grand Touring sports car. Tidy in the back is a naturally aspirated 3.4-litre flat-six that pumps out up to 296 horsepower, and the powertrain can be mated to a 5-speed automatic or a standard 6-speed manual transmission for all driving modes.

Related: Here’s Why the 996 Porsche 911 Is a Performance Bargain

6 Porsche 944 Turbo – $16,000

Maybe the 911 is a tad too mainstream for your taste and you prefer to drive something a little older, something classic, but you want to keep the same level of refinement that the Stuttgart decal gave on the 911. Well, look no further than the 944 Turbo.

It may not have come with a tradition that flat-six other Porsches had, but that’s because it was meant to be unique in its own right. The 944 Turbo got its job from a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pumped 220 horsepower to the rear wheels, and because it was mounted in the front, it provided even more trunk space.

5 Ford Mustang GT (Fifth Generation) – $15,000

The fifth-generation Mustang was a memorable car for the Ford company, as it revived the “iconic muscle car design” that the first-generation Mustangs had adopted. It had a fastback silhouette, a flat nose, muscular fenders and of course the iconic V8 engine strapped under the hood.

Models between ’05 and ’09 got a 4.6-liter V8 that delivered 300 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, models in ’10 got 315 horsepower, and GTs built between ’11 and ’14 had a displacement of 5.0 liters with up to 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, and all were offered with a standard six-speed manual transmission. However, we have to play devil’s advocate here and mention that the naturally aspirated V8 is not the most fuel-efficient powertrain ever developed.

4 Audi TT (first generation) – $9,000

The first generation Audi TT is simply a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. It includes all the useful features you would expect from a sports car, such as a short wheelbase, low ride height, manual transmission and some flared wheel fenders, but what it also has is a sense of practicality.

These Audis were available with a 1.8-liter turbo-four that sent power to the front wheels or all four, or a 3.2-liter 250-hp V6 that sent all four power. Best of all… it costs less than $10,000 to get your hands on one.

3 BMW 228i (F22) – $17,000

With the arrival of the brand new 2 Series dubbed the G42, prices for the older F22 2 Series have plummeted – well, at least for the base models – and as a result you can finally afford to buy one. buy sub. – $20,000 2-Series Coupe with less than 100,000 miles on the odometer.

This concern was equipped with a nifty little 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produced 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Because all of its power was transferred to the rear wheels, its power was enough to slide around the rear without worrying about gobbling up too much fuel in the process.


2 Pontiac GTO – $14,000

The 2000s Pontiac GTO was the revival of an iconic muscle car, and while it may not have sold well, or looked like its older sibling, it was certainly still a true muscle car because it had a 5.7-liter V8 push rod tied under the hood that put out 350 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque.

The GTO was as viable as a muscle car, as a Grand Tourer, so it had enough room to comfortably accommodate four seats, enough power to complete the quarter-mile dead in 14 seconds, and also to fit your luggage in the back.

Related: Modern Pontiac GTO Is A Captivating Muscle Car Fantasy


1 Hyundai Tiburon GT (second generation) – $10,000

Hyundai is popular for their sports cars, at least they weren’t back in the day. One of their first attempts to land them in the motorsport world was the Tiburon. This was a sensible sports car fitted with a front-wheel drive powertrain, and no excess power, but it handled the corners surprisingly well.

The second-generation Tiburon GT model performed particularly well as it was powered by a 2.7-liter V6 that pumped up to 172 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, and when the engine was mated to a 6-speed stick shift, 0 -60 happened dead in 7 seconds – not bad for a $10,000 car.