Looking for the Best Cheap Sports Car? Luckily, you have some great choices in the used car market. For sports cars that are easy on the wallet, are fun to drive and have overall pizzazz, check out these three top picks.

As always, we’ve paid attention to what the automotive experts have to say, some top ten lists – and drawn our own conclusions. See what you think.

  • Nissan 370ZConsumerSearch names the 2009 Nissan 370Z “Best Bargain Sports Car” and says “There’s no spend more…the Nissan 370Z out-powers, out-handles, and just plain looks better than many pricier, more glamorous cars…it even runs neck-and-neck with the esteemed Porsche Cayman.” Pros include sleek design, acceleration, grip and handling. Cons include road noise, rear blind spot and coarse-sounding engine. U.S. News and World Report calls the 370Z, new for 2009, “a fast-paced sports coupe that offers a lot of power, prowess, style and quality for an affordable price.” Road & Track says the 370Z, with its 330-hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine, “continues to offer the style and performance of European sports cars at a fraction of their price.”
  • Mazda MX-5 MiataKelley Blue Book says the 2009 MX-5 Miata Roadster “continues to capture the hearts of driving enthusiasts and open-air aficionados everywhere…it may not be big on horsepower [167-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine] …but its 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, dynamic suspension and lightning-quick steering make it a blast to drive.” U.S News and World Report named it the “Best Car for the Money” in the sports car class for its “all-around satisfying handling dynamics…impressive build quality and value over time.” Other pros include available retractable hardtop and impressive reliability history, while cons include cramped cabin, competitors offer more power, and base model lacks many interior features. Consumer Guide adds “This Best Buy delivers as much driving enjoyment-if not outright power-as two-seat sports cars costing thousands more.”
  • Mitsubishi EclipseRefreshed for 2009, the Mitsubishi Eclipse, says U.S. News and World Report, “offers aggressive sports car styling, but a much tamer performance…it’s perfect for anyone who only wants to look the part of a road ripper.” Pros include lengthy warranty, aggressive exterior design, comfortable handling dynamics and Rockford Fosgate stereo system. Kelley Blue Book comments: “This would be a good choice if you want a well-equipped, reasonably priced open-air sportster with look-at-me styling, moderate-to-good performance and token rear seats…it is fun to drive, but it’s no true sports car.” Edmunds lauds the optional 265-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine, saying “thanks to available V6 power and a sporty design inside and out, the Eclipse continues to be a solid choice.”

Other possibilities for Best Cheap Sports Car include BMW Z4, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Mazda RX-8, and Mustang GT.

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