Best Used Sports Cars for the Money

July 3rd, 2015 by

We understand the feeling. It’s always been your dream to own a sports car, and you’re currently in the market for a new vehicle. However, you understand the financial obligation of purchasing such a car, and you recognize that doing so would probably burn a hole right through your wallet.

Luckily, there are a number of sports cars that scream luxury and power, but they aren’t accompanied by a high price tag. We’ve surveyed some of the best sports cars that can be purchased on a budget, and categorized the vehicles based on what you’re looking for. Before you settle and head down to a Lexington Kentucky used car lot, take a look at our suggestions below. You may decide to opt for a new car…

2016 Mazda MX-5


When it comes to the most affordable sports cars, the MX-5 Miata gives you the best bang for your buck. For only $24,915 for the base model, you can own the 178-time award-winner. In fact, the revamped veteran compact vehicle may be the best in the nameplate’s 26-year history. said the Mazda is “fun to drive,” and that could be attributed to the vehicle’s impressive specs. Despite the smaller 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, the Miata can still crank out 155 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque.

The compact size means things can get a bit tight inside, but that’s about the only qualm when it comes to the 2016 model. You can tolerate less head space or leg room when you recognize the low-operating costs. While we’re not yet sure about the 2016 model’s fuel efficiency, we can assume it’ll be similar to last year’s much-appreciated 21 mile per gallon city/28 mile per gallon highway specs.

2016 Nissan 370Z


Among mid-range sports cars, there’s no better choice than the Nissan 370Z. The brand has received praise for the impressive 3.7-liter V6 engine, which can produce up to 332 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque, and the 370Z has also been known for it’s superb handling abilities.

While Nissan may have prioritized those two attributes over comfort, there’s no denying that the 2016 sports car is one of the best on the market, and part of the success could be attributed to the luxurious interior. The Bose sound system now comes standard, and Nissan has also included the Active Noise Control and Active Sound Enhancer technology. There’s no doubt that both these additions make for a better driving experience.

It’s affordable, too, as the 2016 model can be had for $29,990. If it’s a little out of your price range, remember that the vehicle can deliver excellent fuel economy (19/26 mpg).

2016 BMW M3


We understand that $64,195 is a lot of money, and many people can’t realistically afford this vehicle. However, when it comes to premium sports cars, there’s no doubt that the BMW M3 is the best buy.

Considering all the changes, including making the Harman Kardon surround sound system a standard feature, the price only increased $1,245 from last year’s model.

The impressive specs also help defend the high price of the vehicle. The S55 engine rates out at 425 horsepower and 406 ft-lbs of torque. If you were perhaps hoping for a V8 engine, you can basically have your wish, as the M3 pumps in engine sound, giving you that inline-six feeling.


As you can see, there are several sports cars that could be had without breaking the bank. If none of these cars tickles your fancy, you can still find plenty of used sports cars for a reasonable price. Head down to Dan Cummins dealership in Paris, Kentucky to see what they’ve got in stock!