Buying a brand new sports car can be exhilarating, but really, buying a new-to-you sports car can be just as fun. Whether you’re a fan of American muscle or European luxury, there’s a sports car that matches any style and dream, and that dream doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. In fact, Consumer Report was kind enough to give us a little sneak peek on what sports cars you can get for less than $25,000 without compromising reliability, and some of the cars might surprise you.
Mini Cooper, 2016
You might not think ‘Mini Cooper‘ when you think of sports cars, but they have a great driving experience wrapped in a stylish and practical package. On top of its surprisingly quick acceleration, the Mini Cooper offers a lot of space and gets pretty good gas mileage, all for less than $25,000 used.
BMW 2 Series, 2016 model year
The 2 Series may be smaller than the rest of the BMW lineup – well, besides the 1 Series of course, but what the lack in size they more than makeup for in performance. BMWs can get pricey in way of repairs as years go on, but as long as you keep up on general maintenance they are known to be just as reliable used as they are brand new.
Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 model year
One of the newer cars on the list, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, doesn’t surprise many people, as it’s known for being a fun and reliable car with an affordable price tag even brand new. Skip the depreciation and buy the 2018 model year, as you will still get a lot of the beautiful and new styling over the newer years for less than $25,000 in good condition.
Like the older years of Miata, this car is a great platform if you want something that looks great and performs well from the factory, but can also be aesthetically and mechanically modified without too much cost.
Subaru BRZ, 2017 model year
Another relatively newer car on the list is the 2017 Subaru BRZ, and although it doesn’t make the Consumer Reports list, the brand’s sister car, the Scion FRS by extension. Like the Miata, the BRZ is known for being customized and offering a fun but not overpowering driving experience. The 2017 still has a new enough style that you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s a used car, and a performance experience that will make you not care.
Whatever your style, Consumer Reports claims to be the most reliable sports cars you can buy new, for less than the price of most brand-new lower-end cars like the Toyota Camry. They’re fun driving experience and lack of stress over the car’s depreciation are big motivating factors if just looking at them and test driving them isn’t enough.