Sports cars will always have a place in the automotive mix, and even more so within the aficionado audience that lives and breathes everything sports car-related. But not everyone has the large chunk of change available, or is willing to pay $50,000 to $60,000 and upwards even if financed, for such a dream set of wheels. Still, there are good deals to be struck out there – if you look carefully and shop wisely.

It always helps to have the experts give us the benefit of research to maybe steer us in the right direction. In this case, we’re talking about the experts at Consumer Reports. In their Annual Auto Survey, responses from 1.4 million people garnered data on the reliability of new and used vehicles. Consumer Reports “Best of the Best” in terms of best used sports cars can serve as a starting point for your own research.

* Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible (2007) – This sporty two-seater convertible in its 2007 model year configuration is also in the top spot of the magazine’s new car list. So, it’s got to have a lot going for it. Sure enough, the MX-5 Miata convertible, available in SV and Sport includes 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive (RWD), and 166-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) and side air bags standard. It’s also a lot of fun to drive. EPA fuel economy numbers are 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Using pricing calculators from two sites (Edmunds and CarMax), estimates of used car price for this model with low mileage range from $15,221 to around $17,000.

* BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster (2004) – The zippy RWD roadster boasts a 184-hp 2.50liter 6-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Air bags and ABS are standard. EPA fuel economy is listed as 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Edmunds lists private party used car price at about $16,461, while dealer retail, according to Edmunds is $18,215. Kelley Blue Book ( posts a used car price of $16,350 for a vehicle with 68,000 miles in excellent condition. New, the vehicle carried a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $33,600.

* Nissan 350Z Track Coupe (2005) – For 2005, the 2-door hatchback 350Z coupe in RWD track model is powered by a 300-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Dual front airbags, four-wheel ABS and stability control are standard. EPA fuel economy numbers are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. New, the 350Z Track Coupe listed for $34,600. KBB says a used 2005 with 60,000 miles in excellent condition costs $19,066. Edmunds posts $17,350 for private party and $18,711 for dealer retail.

* Honda S2000 Convertible (2006) – When brand-new, this 2-seater cost $34,995 (MSRP). Today, according to used car pricing from KBB and Edmunds, you can find the S2000 for between $18,250 (KBB) and $19,423 and $20,704 (Edmunds, private party and dealer retail, respectively). What you get is a 237-hp 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission in RWD configuration, four-wheel ABS, dual front air bags and stability control standard. EPA numbers are 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

* Porsche Boxster Base Roadster (2008) – Our final top 5 best used sports cars is the RWD Porsche Boxster, with its 245-hp 2.7-liter B6 engine and 5-speed manual transmission, the roadster achieves EPA fuel economy of 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway. Standard equipment includes dual thorax/head air bags and safety rollover bar and ABS. Edmunds says the car has a private party used car price of $38,911 and dealer retail price of $42,115.

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