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When the sun is shining and the temperature increases, the desire to drive one of the fast sports cars is greater than any other time of the year. Your summer driving pleasure is about to grow exponentially with a car that delivers sportiness, style, performance, power, and presence on the road. Of course, it also helps if this car fits into your budget.

Here’s a list of five fast cars that check off all the boxes.

When you want Americana, go with the Ford Mustang

2022 Ford Mustang Convertible this could be the perfect car for your summer driving fun
2022 Ford Mustang Convertible | Ford

The Ford Mustang is an incredible muscle car that earns the top spot in the iSeeCars list. With the base powertrain, this amazing vehicle achieves a sprint time to 60 mph of 5.1 seconds. That’s pretty amazing, considering this powertrain is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. You’ll pay less than $30,000 and experience a car that delivers the performance you desire.

Big muscle makes its way to the Dodge Challenger

a red 2022 dodge challenger shows off its supercharged power with an aggressive burnout
2022 Dodge Challenger | Dodge

One of the fast cars that you want to drive throughout the warm months is certainly the Dodge Challenger. When it comes to classic style, you can’t find a car that offers more of a throwback look than this muscle car. The base model gives you a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission to offer 303 horsepower and a sprint time of 5.3 seconds. All this and you won’t see the price reach over $30,000 for this sports car.

When looking at fast cars, the Chevrolet Camaro should be on the list

A red 2022 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 driving around an ocean road
2022 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 | Chevrolet

Rounding out the big three American muscle cars that can offer plenty of power and performance is the Chevrolet Camaro. This impressive car shows up with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that reaches 275 horsepower and a max speed of 155 mph. The acceleration offered helps you hit 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds without spending more than $30,000 for the Camaro.

If you want pure fun, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the fast car you want

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Spor
Mazda MX-5 RF Sport | Getty Images

The two-seat roadster that is the poster child of “zoom zoom” is the Mazda MX-5 Maita. This car doesn’t hit high power numbers, but the 181 horsepower coming out of the engine allows this lightweight roadster to reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. You’ll love how this car performs when you’re ready for a vehicle that drives perfectly around every curve. There’s certainly more than $30,000 worth of fun built into the Miata.

Put the Toyota GR86 on the list of fast cars you want to drive

A front corner view of the 2022 Toyota GR86
A front corner view of the 2022 Toyota GR86. | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

The Toyota GR86 delivers incredible style and excellent speed, which makes it one of the best cars for your summer driving pleasure. The 2.4-liter engine offers 228 horsepower which doesn’t blow you away.  This car’s driving dynamics and power allow for a sprint to 60 mph of 6.1 seconds. The top speed of 140 mph allows you to push that accelerator hard while your wallet feels loaded since you’ll spend less than $30,000 for this speedy Toyota.

Which fast car will you drive this summer?

A Happy Couple on a Summer Road Trip in a Convertible
Couple on a Road Trip | Shutterstock

Are you ready for some summer driving fun in one of the fast cars on this list? Head to your local dealership and figure out which one will come home with you. Driving one of these budget-friendly sports cars will take you around the country all summer long.

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This article was updated on 8/14/2022.