Best Sports Cars Under $30K

If you’re truly looking for a bargain, you just have to check out our selection of the best sports cars under $30K. We’re talking some seriously fun-to-drive cars here that won’t break your piggy bank. Maybe they’re not in the league of a Chevrolet Corvette or a Porsche Boxster, but then, not many sports cars are. What they are, however, is pure driving fun.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6 – Kelley Blue Book says, (of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro), “If you want a great-looking car thatchevy camaro 2010 300x200 picture

    expresses your personality without forcing you to take out a second mortgage on the declining value of your home, you have to like the Camaro.” Indeed, with prices for the Camaro coupe powered by V6 engine starting at $22,805, what’s not to like? The style is in-your-face, a no-holds-barred assault on the road, and one that gets noticed everywhere. Let’s not forget that Motor Trend named the Camaro “Car of the Year” in 2010.

  • 2011 Ford Mustang V6 – Arch-rival to the Chevy Camaro is, of course, the 2011 Ford Mustang. As a pony car, the Mustangford mustange 2010 300x159 picture

    has been built every year since it first started – no seven-year hiatus like the Camaro endured. And Mustang lovers just can’t get enough of the car. Base engine is a 305-horsepower V6, and it also gets the best fuel economy in its class, an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway. All this, for prices starting at $22,145 (base V6). Edmunds.com says, “The Chevrolet Camaro still takes top honors for dramatic styling, and the Dodge Challenger is surprisingly lovable… But if you’re looking for the best all-around pony car of 2011, you need not look any further than the holistically improved 2011 Ford Mustang.”

  • 2011 Mitsubishi EclipseWith its aggressive exterior design, you might expect the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse to be more of amitsubishi eclipse 20101 300x173 picture

    pavement-burner than it actually is. But what it is, for the most part, is still very satisfying – for the right buyer. There’s no question that the price is right, starting from $18,999. Edmunds.com says, “Today, there’s been a renaissance of inexpensive fun cars, but most belong to the hot hatch genre. But for those who scoff at a dorky hatch and yearn for those good ol’ days of the sport coupe, the 2011 Eclipse is a pleasant relic. It’s also one of the few convertibles in its price range.”

  • 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe – Buyers looking for a great value in a sporty coupe have to take a spin behind the wheel of the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Definitely check out the Genesis 3.8 R-Spec, a car that Best Cars Blog says “is an affordable sports car with more power and standard interior features than many rivals available at this price.” For $26,750, the car comes with a 306-horsepower V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, and performance Brembo brakes. Not bad for an under $30K sports car.
  • 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Quick, agile, great on gas, reliable, and oh-so fun, to drive, that is. That’s what you get with the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Available Consumer Guide is quite effusive: “This Best Buy Mazda delivers as much driving enjoyment – if not outright power – as 2-seat sports cars costing thousands more. The MX-5 Miata combines open-air driving fun with surprising practicality, including a remarkably well-engineered retractable hard top.” The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata is available in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring, with prices starting from $23,110.
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About Suzanne Kane

Suzanne Kane, an automotive writer with over 30 years of experience, covers the latest consumer, product and other auto-related information for iSeeCars. Originally from Michigan, with automotive roots going back through the family for decades with the original Big Three – GM, Ford, and Chrysler – Suzanne has always loved cars. You name it, and she’s either owned or driven it.

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