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The Best Sporty Cars for Under $30,000

For less than the average price of a new car in America, you can have one of these decidedly above-average cars.

The average price of a new car in America keeps inching up, so that now it sits just over $30,000. Luckily, for that $30K average price, one can afford a car that's anything but average. Here we've gathered 15 sporty cars (arranged in alphabetical order) that deliver driving satisfaction and general fun, and all of them have prices that start under $30,000.

Chevrolet Camaro | Base price: $25,995
It's almost impossible to look at the Chevrolet Camaro and think it's anything other than sporty. This pony car has two doors, a long hood, and a roofline so low it's actually rather annoying (outward visibility is an issue)—a far cry from the tall, SUV things taking over America's roads. In its most entry-level guise, the Camaro delivers a basic recipe for sportiness with rear-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, and a 275-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Buyers can even opt for the uplevel 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine (also with a six-speed manual) for less than $30,000, but forget the SS trim and its mighty 455-hp V-8, which starts at nearly $40,000.

Dodge Challenger | Base price: $29,590
Big cars can be sporty, too. Take, for example, the full-size Challenger coupe. Unlike the other pony cars on this list—and many of the four-doors, too—it can seat real, adult-sized human beings in its rear seat. Yet it also comes standard with a 305-hp V-6 engine, rear-wheel drive, and badass retro muscle-car looks. Its price just squeaks in under our $30K cap, but hey, if your budget doesn't allow for one of Dodge's V-8-powered Challengers, which offer up to 797 horsepower, the V-6 model hardly is a dog and looks basically the same.

Fiat 124 Spider | Base price: $26,935
Fiat's two-seat roadster wears an old name and retro bodywork evocative of the original 124 Spider's, but it is a thoroughly modern sports car underneath. In fact, its chassis and body structure are shared with Mazda's MX-5 Miata. Fiat-specific bits include the 160-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the seats and steering wheel, and all the sheetmetal below its window line. What the 124's turbo engine gives up in zingy excitement to the Miata's rev-happy 2.0-liter four-cylinder, it makes up for in mid-range torque; you can leave this Fiat in third gear and hit your favorite back road—or skip downshifting when traffic slows on your morning commute.

Ford Mustang | Base price: $27,765
Ford prices its Mustang higher than Chevy does the Camaro, with the least-expensive Mustang coming in at $27,765—just up under this list's $30,000 price cap. For that sum, Ford sells you a Mustang with a 310-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The more powerful version of the same engine, which makes 330 horsepower and comes as part of the High Performance package, pushes the price over the $30K mark, as does the Mustang's available 5.0-liter V-8 engine.

Honda Accord Sport 1.5T | Base price: $27,460
What is a midsize family sedan doing on a list of purportedly sporty cars? Well, the Honda Accord Sport not only has the word "sport" in its name, it also is genuinely sporty, with crisp steering and handling. Using the same 192-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine as other low-level Accords (a 2.0T was once available), the Sport adds subtle visual zest in the form of 19-inch wheels, a lip spoiler, LED fog lights, and chrome exhaust tips. (A more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine is optional, but pushes the Accord's price beyond $30,000.) For no extra cost, Honda will even sell you an Accord Sport with a six-speed manual transmission, which completes its secret-sport-sedan vibe. We recommend you select this version; the alternative is an entirely acceptable—but boring—continuously variable automatic transmission.

Honda Civic Si | Base price: $25,930
Take your pick: coupe or sedan. When it comes to Honda's 2020 Civic Si, the next-sportiest Civic next to the 306-hp Civic Type R, door count doesn't matter. Honda will sell you an Si coupe for the same $25,930 as it will a four-door sedan. Either one is a steal, what with the Si's 205-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine (a spicier version of the same 1.5-liter that powers the Accord Sport), limited-slip differential, electronically adaptive dampers, and quick steering. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. If everyday comfort matters to you as much as sportiness, also know that the Civic Si rides with civility and includes niceties such as heated seats and automatic climate control.

Hyundai Elantra Sport | Base price: $24,730
If you thought the Honda Civic Si sedan was cheap, consider the similarly sized Hyundai Elantra Sport—it's even less expensive! Though the Elantra's spec sheet reads a lot like the Civic's, there are some differences. The Hyundai doesn't deliver quite as sharp a driving experience as does the Honda, and its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine makes slightly less horsepower (201 instead of 205). Hyundai also recently nixed the Elantra Sport's manual-transmission option, leaving a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as buyers' lone choice.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo/Veloster N | Base prices: $24,070/$28,320
Rather than battle the Honda Civic Si and Type R, along with the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R head-on, Hyundai took an oblique route with its latest Veloster hatchback. In this case, different is better—at least when it comes to pricing. The 201-hp Veloster Turbo is less expensive than either the Civic Si or the Golf GTI, while the higher-performance 275-hp Veloster N undercuts the Civic Type R and the Golf R by thousands. Sure, the Hyundai is slightly smaller than those competitors, and it only has one door on the driver's side (in an unusual arrangement, there are two doors on the passenger side of the vehicle), but the Veloster delivers almost-there driving satisfaction and performance for less. For a sporty car under $30K, you could do much, much worse.

Kia Soul GT-Line | Base price: $21,335
Don't worry, this is a list of above-average cars. Even though the Kia Soul appears to be a box on wheels—and a box being among the most average of shapes—it's hardly boring. The latest Soul is refined, stylish, and roomy, and in its range-topping Turbo guise, it's even a little quick. That's because the Turbo replaces the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic transmission used in every other Soul with a 201-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also includes GT-Line trim goodies such as a retuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, full-LED exterior lighting, and more, plus genuinely smile-inducing handling.

Mazda 3 | Base price: $22,420
Despite its recent move upmarket, the Mazda 3 remains a sporty conveyance—if perhaps a low-key one. This is because Mazda has toned down most of the 3's rawer edges with this latest sedan and hatchback models. The engine's noises are muted, its thrust merely adequate. You can only find a manual transmission on the top-level trim; the rest of the lineup is automatic-only. And even the steering ratio has been slowed down for less twitchiness, though the steering still operates with a wonderful, liquid smoothness. No, you must go beneath the 3's elegant sheetmetal and newfound refinement to delight in Mazda's excellent chassis tuning abilities. There, you'll be reminded—however faintly—of the 3's familial link to Mazda's iconic Miata sports car.

Mazda MX-5 Miata | Base price: $26,650
Affordable sporty cars under $30,000? How about an affordable sports car—no "y" about it. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is among the standard-bearers for sports cars at any price, thanks to its intoxicating "fling-ability" on curvy roads. The Miata is lightweight, rear-wheel-drive, not super powerful (although its engine received an infusion of horsepower for 2019 that makes for pretty quick acceleration), and tiny. Yet within that small footprint, it packs plenty of fun. The roof goes down; the exhaust makes funny farting sounds; and its little face appears to wear a maniacally happy grin all the time.

Subaru WRX | Base price: $28,395
The 2020 Subaru WRX is an all-wheel-drive, turbocharged sport sedan without a direct competitor. Its onetime nemesis, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, is no more, leaving behind only tangentially competitive vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf R for the WRX to chase. Unlike the Subie's all-wheel-drive and turbocharged proxy competitors, however, the WRX remains affordable—at least in base form. For just under $30,000, you can relish in its rally racing heritage and all-weather traction.

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ | Base prices: $28,330/$29,745
Dig Mazda's MX-5 Miata, but wish it were a little bigger and had a permanent roof? Enter the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins. These rear-drive, four-cylinder sports coupes were co-developed by Toyota and Subaru and deliver plenty of ass-out handling antics along with a (tight) four-seat cabin, all under our $30,000 mark. For owners keen on racing or taking their BRZs or 86s to the track, there is enough room inside the cars for a full set of extra wheels and tires. Simply fold the rear seat down.

Volkswagen Golf GTI | Base price: $28,490
You simply cannot have a list of affordable sporty cars that does not include Volkswagen's GTI. This is the original hot hatchback, with a punchy turbocharged engine, playful handling, and a usefully square-ish body shape. The GTI is appealingly under-the-radar, and over the years it has grown up and become as refined as an Audi. Go for the standard six-speed manual transmission or opt for the optional quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic. Either way, you're getting a fun everyday vehicle.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Base price: $26,890
Interested in the Volkswagen GTI but can't handle the hatchback thing? The Jetta GLI is nearly the same car, merely in sedan shape. The GLI uses the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the same manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions, and as of late, even uses the same MQB chassis architecture as the GTI. It's a baby sports sedan, and as a bonus, it costs nearly two grand less than the GTI, putting it comfortably under $30K.

Surprise! Jeep Wrangler | Base price: $29,790
There is something undeniably different about a modern vehicle that costs nearly $30,000 yet has a fabric roof, four-wheel drive, and lacks air conditioning. Is the Jeep Wrangler sporty? Let's call it characterful—able to deliver smiles just as a sporty car can, but purely though its old-world uniqueness among a sea of group-think modern cars and crossovers. So, skip the $1295 air conditioning. If you get hot, take the Jeep's roof and doors off. Ditto the available automatic transmission—everything about the Wrangler should be about taking yourself back to a different vehicular time, so you should shift for yourself with the standard six-speed manual. In the Wrangler, your hands and feet and brain always have something to do. Just try to ignore that, in general, that task is keeping the bouncy, short-wheelbase 4x4 on the road.

Best Sporty Cars Under $30K

  • Chevrolet Camaro | Base price: $25,995
  • Dodge Challenger | Base price: $29,590
  • Fiat 124 Spider | Base price: $26,935
  • Ford Mustang | Base price: $27,765
  • Honda Accord Sport 1.5T | Base price: $27,460
  • Honda Civic Si | Base price: $25,930
  • Hyundai Elantra Sport | Base price: $24,730
  • Hyundai Veloster Turbo/Veloster N | Base prices: $24,070/$28,320
  • Kia Soul GT-Line | Base price: $21,335
  • Mazda 3 | Base price: $22,420
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata | Base price: $26,650
  • Subaru WRX | Base price: $28,395
  • Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ | Base prices: $28,330/$29,745
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI | Base price: $28,490
  • Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Base price: $26,890
  • Jeep Wrangler | Base price: $29,790
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There are hot hatches, two-seat convertibles and even a couple of four-door sedans that are not only practical but can be had for a very reasonable price nowadays, under 30 grand new. There’s no need to buy a crossover utility vehicle just because the spouse insists that you buy “...something we can actually use, not another one of your @#$%^& sports cars.” “But bay-bee,” you bleet. “Looky here at this list o’ cars that is both practical an’ sporty!” The spouse gives you the well-known stink eye at first, probably because of all your hair-brained ideas of yore where you claimed that beater would “make money once it’s finished.” But then, ultimately, after viewing the following list and, knowing that they couldn’t print it if it wasn’t true, acquiesces to your genius. You’re welcome. Now pick one of these and start living, not just sitting there waiting to retire. Click on, brother/sister!

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4. Mazda MX-5

There isn’t a single area in which this fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 fails to surpass its predecessor. It’s shorter, lighter, more spacious and better laid-out. It’s sharper-looking but still disarming and not at all ostentatious. It’s also faster, more frugal and even more vibrant and engaging to drive.

In 2018, Mazda facelifted its iconic roadster, with the headline change being a 23bhp power hike for its fiesty 2.0-litre engine. A steering column that also now adjusts for reach was also introduced, addressing one of the Mazda's only ergonomic drawbacks.

All that and yet the MX-5 is still every inch the same zesty and inimitable car that it was. Its character hasn’t really changed at all in three decades, and nothing on this list offers a better pounds-per-smile rating.

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5. Lotus Elise Sport

The Lotus Elise is brilliant to drive – so long as you’re in the mood. It has one of the world’s best-handling chassis and exquisite unassisted steering, and if you want a roof, and some amenities, there is simply nothing comparable when it comes to immersing the driver in the mechanical process.

However, this Lotus is also now something of an old-timer, and has become expensive in its dotage. This year (2021) will be the car's last year on sale, and the Sport 240 Final Edition will see the Elise out after 25 years of production. The asking price is around £45,000, with production set to end before the winter arrives.

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Best Sports Cars Under $30,000 That You Can Afford

Best Sports Cars Under $30K: 15 Amazing Cars You Can Actually Afford

Wanting some weekend fun without hurting the back pocket? Here are 15 of the best sports cars under $30K.

The best way to enjoy classic cars is by driving them, and that being said, sports cars are definitely ones to have. With their performance-oriented character and racing prowess, classic sports cars are among the most coveted collector pieces, and many icons have already gone north of $30K. 

Still, that doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy owning and driving a sports car priced below that price threshold, as the world of classic cars is vast and full of hidden gems, both among collectible cars and future classics. So, we have consulted various ads around the US to develop the 15 best sports cars under $30K in no particular order.

The 15 best sports cars under $30K are:

  • Ford Mustang
  • BMW 2002tii
  • Datsun 280Z
  • Chevrolet C4 Corvette ZR1
  • Mercedes-Benz R129
  • BMW E24 635 CSi
  • Maserati Coupe GT
  • Honda S2000 AP2
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Lotus Elise
  • BMW E46 M3
  • Porsche 987 Boxster S or Cayman S
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Subaru WRX STI
  • Audi TTS

1. Ford Mustang

Starting off big with the greatest all-American icon, the Mustang. In continuous production since 1964 as the original American sports car, the good ol’ Mustang offers a lot of options within the budget. 

1966 Ford Mustang GT 289 Hardtop

Having said that, the amount of money will buy you a classic first-gen Mustang with the venerable 289 V8. On the other hand, if you prefer something a bit more modern but still traditional, you can go with a low mileage 5.0 Foxbody with 5-speed manual transmission.

Finally, 21st-century Mustangs also fit the bill, where you can go for a low mileage SVT Cobra just under the $30,000 mark. Finally, a 2007-2009 Shelby GT500 will get you the most bang for your bucks, bringing 500 horsepower to the table, courtesy of a supercharged 5.4-liter Modular V8.

2. BMW 2002tii

If you’re inclined towards something more straightforward, more nimble, and European, a classic three-box BMW 2002 2-door sedan might be the sports car you’re after. Powered by a 2.0-liter, 128-horsepower fuel-injected M10 inline-four and with 4-speed manual transmission, but also weighing just 2,262 lb, the 2002tii was the car that really put BMW under the spotlight during the early 1970s.

1973 BMW 2002tii

While pristine examples have witnessed quite a price bump over the last few years, there’s still a market for sub-$30,000 BMW 2002 Tii, but chances are you’ll have to settle for a post-1973 facelifted model with a blacked-out grille and rectangular rear lights.

With or without round taillights, the BMW 2002 Tii is what engaging driving should be all about: unbothered by any numbers and statistics and focused on a wholesome experience of genuinely belonging to the roads beneath you.

3. Datsun 280Z

The third Datsun Z-car is as good as 1970s import motoring can get. Back when American power succumbed to the 1973 oil crisis, Datsun produced the perfect answer in the shape of the 240Z. Fast forward almost half a century, and this car is witnessing a surge in value precisely due to its historical prowess, leaving latecomers with one of its indirect successors, the 280Z.

Datsun 280Z

The 280Z might not be as attractive as the primordial 240Z due to some imminent changes and federal bumpers. On the other hand, it also had 170 horsepower, 2.8-liter fuel injected straight six, and optional five-speed manual transmission.

On the classic sports car market, $30,000 will get you a well-kept example in original or subtly modified condition, and if you’re lucky, you can even get your hands on a more scarce five-speed one too.

4. Chevrolet C4 Corvette ZR1

The C4 famously brought power to the Corvette nameplate, and as the ultimate example of its generation, the ZR1 got a Lotus-designed 5.7-liter, 375-horsepower LT5 V8. Mated with a six-speed manual transmission, the 32-valve powerhouse was potent enough to propel the ZR1 Corvette to speeds north of 175 MPH.

Chevrolet C4 Corvette ZR1

Needless to say, the C4 ZR1 was a generation-defining sports car, not only for America but the whole world. More importantly, it made America’s original sports car back on par with its competitors and even cars from the highest automotive echelons.

Truth be told, not many ZR1 Corvettes can be found within the price range. Yet, every now and then, a decent example pops out for that money, and you better act quick as the C4 ZR1 Corvette will only rise in value in the next few years.

5. Mercedes-Benz R129

A plush Benz convertible exclusively offered with an automatic transmission might not perfectly fit the sports car formula. Still, the R129 generation 500 SL is a phenomenal driver’s car even without three pedals in its footwell. 

Mercedes-Benz R129

The 5.0-liter dual overhead camshaft, 32-valve M119 V8 is a work of art with 322 horsepower on tap, more than enough when you decide to do more than cruising. When it comes to pricing, $30,000 will get you a low mileage example from a reputable dealer, but you can get a decent one for way below that mark. 

When it comes to the 500 SL, parts and labor could be very costly, so our advice is to search for the cleanest example and reap all benefits of 1990s German (over)engineering.

6. BMW E24 635 CSi

A successor to the legendary BMW E9 coupe had big shoes to fill, and it did more than well, as the E24 was a product of a new blossoming BMW. The new coupé shared underpinnings with the 5 Series sedan and Paul Bracq’s design ditching the pillarless feature. 

Here you can find the best sports cars under $30K

Due to the ongoing fuel crisis, the North American version wasn’t on par with cars sold in Europe, so the car you should be after is the 1988 to 1989 635 CSi. The punchiest non-M variant for the American soil was powered by a 3.4-liter M30B35 straight-six and packing 208 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. Alternatively, if you’re in for a comfier ride and a grand touring experience, the 182 horsepower M30B34-powered luxurious L6 will do you just fine.

Given that the original 6 Series was produced from 1976 all the way to 1989, primarily thanks to the demand from the US market, there’s a decent number of them all across America. Moreover, colossal price discrepancy means you’ll stumble onto pristine low mileage examples way above our mark, yet that also means there’s a lot of them priced below it as well.

7. Maserati Coupe GT

Finding an affordable Ferrari is impossible in this day and age, with prices of prancing horses from Maranello skyrocketing in recent years. But what if we told you there’s an attainable Ferrari-powered sports car under $30K?

2002 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa

Maserati Coupe GT uses the 4.2-liter F136 R, a powerhouse jointly developed by Ferrari and Maserati and a close relative to the screaming V8 you can find in the F430. In this coupé, though, it is placed upfront, while a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automated manual transaxle gives it a near-perfect weight distribution.

If you’re not afraid of high maintenance bills, this Maserati is a stylish 385-horsepower grand tourer that’s a blast to drive and noisy in all the good ways. Definitely a worthy contender for making our best sports cars under $30K list.

8. Honda S2000 AP2

JDM collector cars are somewhat of a new concept compared to established classics from the domestic or European markets. Still, some cars are worthy of both driving and collecting for investment purposes, and Honda S2000 is just a perfect example, with prices of the first generation already crossing the $50,000 mark.

Honda S2000 AP2

That leaves us with the AP2 generation produced from 2003 to 2009, featuring an enlarged 2.2-liter inline-four and six-speed manual transmission. Sadly, due to increasing the displacement via increasing the stroke, this engine had its redline set lower at 8,000RPM, yet it produced the same 237 horsepower.

Though not as rev-happy as the original one, the S2000 AP2 is a car worth considering as it’s still a rewarding driver’s car, especially for ones preferring open-top motoring.

9. Dodge Challenger

The longest-running start of the muscle car revival has been around since 2008 and has endured numerous tweaks, culminating in the 840-horsepower SRT Demon.

What are the best sports cars under $30K

On the more practical side of the spectrum, which is pretty much everything below this street-legal dragstrip behemoth, Dodge Challenger can be a rewarding modern American sports car. 

 When it comes to pricing, sums in the neighborhood of $30,000 will get you a recent low mileage model R/T, R/T Plus trim, boasting the 5.7-liter HEMI with 375 horsepower, 404 lb-ft of torque, and 6-speed manual transmission.

10. Lotus Elise

The quintessential modern Lotus is one of those cars every enthusiast needs to experience at least once in their lifetime. Provided you don’t search for any practicality, and you’ve also come to terms with the lack of creature comforts, the Lotus Elise could be your next sports car for more than just that one life-altering drive.

1998 Lotus Elise

The Elise revived Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s philosophy of adding more lightness, so this charming mid-engined sports car is devoid of any unnecessarily heavy features like electric windows and is entirely driver-focused.

Behind the spartan cabin is a modest 1.8-liter DOHC Toyota four-cylinder, and while that sounds pedestrian, believe us, it isn’t. The engine’s got Yamaha-designed heads and variable valve timing, rating it at 189 horsepower. Pair that up with 6-speed manual transmission, stiff chassis, and curb weight of 1,896 lb, and you’ll get a truly exceptional sports car. 

11. BMW E46 M3

Now at a very similar price point, the E36 and E46 generation M3 are among the hottest modern classics on the pre-loved sports car market, and we’ve decided to go for the latter. The reason behind that is pretty simple: the US-bound E36 didn’t offer as much as its European counterpart, while the E46 was the same on both sides of the Atlantic.

what are the best sports cars under $30K

Powered by the revvy 3.2-liter S54 straight-six and preferably mated with five-speed manual transmission rather than paddle-shifting SMG automated manual, the E46 is arguably the best all-round M car there is.

While low mileage examples will pass the $30,000 mark, you’ll be able to find well-cared examples in the neighborhood of $20-$25,000 both in coupé and convertible body styles.

12. Porsche 987 Boxster S or Cayman S

Some years ago, we would have gone with the Porsche 996 Turbo. Still, as this Mezger-engined 911 is getting increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to get below the $30,000 mark, the affordable Porsche sports car you should go after is the 987 Boxster S or Cayman S.

Porsche 987 Boxster

The 987 generation was in production between 2004 and 2012, and you’ll be able to find both pre and post-2009 facelift models within the price limit. Starting from the 2007 model year, the 987 was powered by a 3.4-liter engine producing either 295 or 310 horsepower, depending on whether it was a model from before or after the mid-cycle revision.

The pair of mid-engined Porsches offer completely different driving dynamics than the 911 but are paired with that famous 6-cylinder boxer sound.

13. Chevrolet Camaro

As it was with the Mustang, the Camaro also offers a wide array of cars below $30,000. From the classic IROC-Z F-Body cars to contemporary interpretations of the classic 1st generation silhouette, there are plenty of V8-powered Camaros to choose from.

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If you’re going for a modern Camaro, the sixth-generation 2SS will be the closest to the price limit, but for maximum power, you can also find a fifth-generation ZL1 with 580 ponies coming out of a 6.2-liter supercharged V8.  

14. Subaru WRX STI

As the only four-door car on the list of best sports cars under $30K, Subaru WRX STI is indeed in a league of its own, and its peculiarities don’t end here. Compared to other entries, the WRX STI might lack collector value at this moment, but what can’t be denied is its sheer performance.

2015 Subaru WRX STI

The VA generation manufactured from 2014 was the first to be offered as a standalone model, although it was still based on the Impreza chassis. The bodywork, though, was thoroughly revised, as well as vital mechanics. To top it off, the WRX STI got a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four putting out 305 horsepower, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, and Subaru’s trademark parallel all-wheel drive.

Subaru’s rallying credentials made the Impreza an absolute rallying legend, leading to some Impreza-based WRX STI models commanding six-figure sums. For our budget of $30,000, though, you can get a stock WRX STI with less than 50,000 miles on the clock, making it a decent enough candidate to be included in the best sports cars under $30K list.

15. Audi TTS

Courtesy of hot hatchbacks, compact sports coupés are a dying breed of sports cars, but Audi holds this niche segment alive thanks to the TT. The original Audi TT caused a revolution when it showed up in 1998. Due to its Bauhaus-influenced looks, it is now universally regarded as one of the most successful automotive designs of the late 20th century.

2010 Audi TTS

In its third generation, a current Audi TTS hits way above the budget, but that leaves us with the TTS produced from 2008 to 2014. The sporty variant of the Audi TT was powered by a pumped-up 268-horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder paired up with 6-speed manual transmission or six-speed S-Tronic. At the same time, the torque is distributed to both axles via the Haldex-type Quattro system. In addition to bumping the power, Audi’s engineers revised other internals, fitting the TTS with larger and more efficient brakes, Audi Magnetic Ride, and ESP as standard.

On today’s second-hand sports car market, sums close to $30,000 can get you a later model both in roadster and coupé body style, and the general rule of thumb is to go for a well-kept low mileage example and enjoy this street-legal go-kart to the fullest.


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Best Sports Cars Under $30,000

Owning a sports car can be an expensive endeavor. You start with the initial cost and then add expenses like maintenance, gas, insurance, and inevitable wear and tear. You may not be able to do much about accidents and repairs, but if you look to the used-car market, you can save a bundle on the initial cost of buying a sports car. Sports cars rapidly depreciate as soon as you leave the dealership lot, so looking for a used one makes financial sense in more ways than one. Let's look at some of the best used sports cars you can find for less than $30,000 and what makes them so great.


1. Chevrolet Corvette C6

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Now that the C7 Chevy Corvette is several years old and the next generation C8 has just been released, the prices on used C6s have dropped drastically. The C6 comes with a minimum of 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, meaning there are no bad choices. You can find various trims and models of the C6 generation in just under $30,000 in most areas.

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You'll be looking at LT3 and LT1 models most of the time, as the Z51 models are still selling for over $40,000. With the new C8 trickling out of factories and onto city streets, there's no doubt that C6 Corvettes will continue to go down in price. The Corvette tops this list, because it continues to be a true performance bargain, whether on the new or used market.

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2. Hyundai Veloster N

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The Veloster is the best hot hatch currently on the market, and used models are now available at well under the $30,000 mark. Though it lacks European rivals' cabin refinement, the Veloster N offers a more exciting driving experience than the heralded Volkswagen GTI. The Veloster N blends all of a hatchback's practicality with a sports car's thrills and exhaust sounds. When it debuted, reviewers universally raved about the Veloster N, with multiple awards from various automotive news outlets.

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Buyers looking for fun, practicality, and affordability should consider this three-door hatchback. For under $30,000 look for a 2019 or 2020 with less than 20,000 miles. 2021 models with the snappy DCT transmission haven't yet depreciated under budget yet, but expect to see them under $30k in the near future.

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3. Dodge Challenger V8

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The Challenger between the model years of 2008 and 2016 offered muscular retro styling and a range of powerful V8 engine options. Power output in these engines ranged from 350 horsepower to 707 horsepower. It was also reasonably competent in terms of reliability, having won the JD Power Initial Quality Study award.

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A $30,000 budget can cover a moderately wide variety of Challenger models. However, you may have to look at the older end of the indicated model range. Look at vehicles with higher mileage, and you may even be able to snag a special edition or high-performance SRT model.

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4. Lotus Elise

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Produced for the USA between 2005 and 2011, the Lotus Elise offered a 1.8-liter Toyota four-cylinder from a Celica with 189 horsepower; paired with either a five-or six-speed manual transmission. The Elise made the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds with a top track speed of 124 mph. While the Elise may not have the most impressive stats compared to larger and more modern sports cars, it is exceptionally light and has a European sports car pedigree.

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The Lotus Elise's small size and lightweight body gave it quick acceleration and handling more like a go-cart than an actual street-legal car. An Elise under the $30,000 mark may have higher mileage, but its reliable Toyota engine should assuage some mechanical concerns. The Elise with it tiny, two-door wedge shape also represents the most exotic looking vehicle on this list.

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5. Kia Stinger

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Kia's four-door Stinger is a shot across the bow to brands like Audi, though it lags slightly behind in interior luxury. Available in rear or all-wheel drive the Stinger is a handsome, sporty sedan which offers a lot of features and performance for the money. For the most thrills, seek out a Stinger GT with AWD and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 making 365 horsepower.

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That's enough to rocket the big sedan to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. The non-GT models still benefit from an excellent chassis, and has a more than adequate 255-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Look for a GT1, GT2, or Premium trim to get amenities like a larger touchscreen, premium sounds system, and built-in navigation.

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6. BMW M3 E46

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The BMW M3 produced between 2000 and 2006 was one of the most affordable yet iconic sports cars ever made. The M3 has always been known for reasonable pricing considering its competitive performance. The E46 generation highly improved on the previous car, the E36. The E46 offered a 333-horsepower 3.2-liter inline-six engine, which could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds with a top track speed of 155 mph. The E46 could reach a top speed of 170 mph if it weren't for the electronic limiter. In terms of the transmission, the standard manual offered a sportier feel versus the dual-clutch SMG.

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The main reliability problems with the E46 were internal electronics -- some noted trouble spots include random button failure and windows jamming up or down. If you're unable to find an E46 for the $30,000 price point, you can get similar performance with the previous E36. However, you'll likely be looking at higher mileage, and you'll especially want to get it thoroughly checked out before buying. Many generations of the M3 were offered in both coupe and sedan body styles, opt for the sedan if you need a larger rear seat, or the coupe for a sportier grand touring car.

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7. Subaru BRZ

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The BRZ and its twin, the Toyota 86 (and Scion FR-S), are the ultimate contenders in the slow-car-fast category. The lightweight, rear-wheel drive, 200-horsepower BRZ delivers point-and-shoot driving dynamics. The BRZ was designed with a happy but predictable tail, making it easy to maintain a slight drift upon corner exit.

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The BRZ also offers some practicality with a back seat that can be folded down to hold more oversized items, and decent fuel economy with 24 mpg city and 33 highway. For under $30,000, buyers should be able to find a well-equipped 2017 or 2018 BRZ with relatively low mileage. With the all-new 2022 BRZ hitting the streets soon, the used market offers excellent value versus buying new.

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8. Porsche Boxster

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Porsche produced the first generation of the Porsche Boxster between 1996 and 2004. In the present day, it's a very affordable sports car. It featured a 2.5-liter to 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine mated with a manual or automatic transmission to get 200 to 250 horsepower. The Boxster covered 0-60 mph in about six to seven seconds with a top speed of 160 mph. The Cayman, introduced in 2006 with the second-generation Boxster, is mechanically identical.

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The Boxster is a roadster, while the Cayman is a fastback coupe. In terms of reliability, the Boxster/Cayman duo are considered more reliable than other German nameplates. Still, they do have higher maintenance expenses versus Japanese and American sports cars. If reliability is an issue, you can also find the newer 2013-2014 Boxster for under $30,000 -- it won JD Power's Initial Quality Study award. In some places, it may also be easier to find the hardtop Cayman over the Boxster.

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9. Nissan 370Z NISMO

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The current model of 370Z NISMO has a starting MSRP of $45,790, but if you look back to models between the years of 2012 and 2015, you should easily be able to find some for sale under $30,000. A 2015 NISMO offered a 350-horsepower V6 and a race-inspired suspension. It drove with sharp, sports-car handling and quick acceleration.

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The current NISMO offers a seven-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual, but older models only offered the manual. When it comes to reliability, you should be pretty well-covered with Nissan's solid ratings. A new Z car is just around the corner, expect values to drop slightly in anticipation of Nissan's coming 400-horsepower, twin-turbo sports car.

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10. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or SS

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The Camaro was resurrected for its fifth generation in 2010, and the 2013 model year was a good one with a 426-horsepower engine for the SS version. If you want an even more significant boost, you can opt for the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the ZL1, which made 580 horsepower. Finding 2013 and 2014 models of the Camaro for under $30,000 appears to be relatively easy, as the average national price paid for a 2013 SS coupe was right around $22,500.

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If you want a convertible model, then you can expect to pay roughly $1,500 more. Reliability ratings from US News put the Camaro at a score of four out of five, making it a very affordable value. The Camaro is also a somewhat practical option, with a small rear seat, capable of transporting children or luggage. It won't replace your need for a crossover, but it may be a good second car for a small family.

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11. Ford Mustang GT

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Another modern retro muscle car, the Mustang GT, continuously ranks in lists of affordable sports cars, even when new. Finding 2015-2017 models under $30,000 is pretty easy, and many of them still have relatively low mileage. If you opt for the Mustang GT, you'll be looking at a 5.0-liter V8 and 435 horsepower. If you would rather go the turbo route, the Mustang's 2.3-liter EcoBoost version still delivers over 300 horsepower, and you should be able to snag one for a few thousand dollars less. You might even be able to find a fairly recent model with the EcoBoost High Performance package, with 330 horsepower under the $30,000 budget.

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This is a big step up from previous generations of the Mustang, even those with a V8. On the other hand, if you want even more power and exclusivity, then you might consider looking for the 2012 Mustang Shelby GT500, which offers a 500-horsepower engine. The 2012 GT500 has begun to sink below the $30,000 price for higher-mileage examples. The Mustang GT trim receives a good rating for reliability, meaning you don't have to trade power for dependability.

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12. Audi TT Coupe

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The 2016 Audi TT coupe started around $44,000 brand-new, but it's now available for under $30,000 in many cases. The TT from this year featured all-wheel-drive, stylish exterior, and cutting-edge interior technology. It offered a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that put out 220 horsepower, providing a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds.

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The Quattro AWD system gave the TT athletic and sharp handling, allowing it to stick to hairpin turns with little effort. The TT's styling is handsome but understated, making this a great option for those wanting a fun car with "grown up" looks.

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13. Subaru WRX STI

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The Subaru WRX STI looks like an ordinary four-door sedan, but underneath it's far more of a sports car. It offers AWD and a six-speed manual transmission with a turbocharged 305 horsepower four-cylinder engine. A national average cost for a 2017 model of the WRX is just under $30,000, as STIs continue to hold their value. If you want a highly optioned model, then you'll likely be paying a couple thousand more.

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If you want something a little cheaper, you could look for the base WRX, which still offered 270 horsepower in a turbocharged engine. Along with a fast and sharp-handling roomy four-door, you'll also get Subaru's strong reputation for making durable and reliable cars.

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14. Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

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Regardless of the price point, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is one of the most energizing sports cars around. You'll be looking back at the 2011 and 2012 models specifically to hit $30,000 price range. If you're able to find one, you'll be getting a supercharged V8 engine that puts out 556 horsepower, luxurious interior, and sharp styling. It is one of the faster luxury sports cars on the market with a 0-60 time of 4 seconds.

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Finding one around this price point might be a bit tough, as plenty of them are still hovering over $30,000 and close to $40,000, depending on options and mileage. The CTS-V Coupe offers the power and luxury of an AMG Mercedes-Benz without quite the same potential for rare replacement parts and mega repair bills. A coupe or sedan should be easier to find in this budget, especially with an automatic transmission. The wagon body style or cars with the manual transmission are going for more money, and may be difficult to find under budget.

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15. Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The Mazda Miata falls under the category of cars with seemingly unimpressive specs that are nevertheless both fast and sporty. In the Miata's case, the most recent generation is now available below the $30,000 mark even when well equipped. For the 2019 model year, the MX-5 received a power boost, up to 181 horsepower from 155, and on the used market, buyers should be able to get a soft-top with the extra power under $30k. Buyers wanting the Miata RF with a retractable hardtop will likely have to look at models from before the additional power was added.

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However, like some of the other cars mentioned here, the Miata is a small and light two-seater, making even 155 horsepower more than enough to zip around town. The Miata is also one of the most affordable points of entry to rear-wheel-drive roadster ownership. Miata buyers should expect a very reliable vehicle, and parts are inexpensive and widely available. The very similar Fiat 124 Spider should also be available under budget, if you prefer your Miata with a turbocharged Italian twist.

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Bonus: Honda Civic Si

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For just under $30,000 you can find a nearly new Civic Si, loaded with options, in either a coupe or sedan body style. The Civic Si sports a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making a robust 205 horsepower. The Si is only available with a six speed manual transmission putting that power to the front wheels. The Si is an extremely practical sporty car, with a useable back seat, and fuel economy of38 miles per gallon on the highway.

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The interior is classic Honda, well thought out, and high quality. You won't be lacking creature comforts either, with a touchscreen infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Most of the models highlighted here should generally be on the lower end of mileage. But as with any used car, it's vital to get any prospective purchase thoroughly checked out and its history investigated. Performance cars often require more maintenance than other vehicles. They can also be prone to accidents due to their speed and configuration. Have a pre-purchase inspection done, by a trusted mechanic, before spending $30k on a potential money pit.

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Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

A classic contender among American sports cars, the Chevrolet Camaro performs superbly and offers a wide range of engine options. From the entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower to the furious 650-horsepower supercharged V8 in the ZL1 edition, Chevrolet makes the Camaro accessible to anyone whether they're looking to splurge or save. And on that note, one of the Camaro's major advantages compared to other models on this list is its lower price tag. Available as both a hardtop and convertible, with seating for four in either version, new base model Camaros start at $25,000 or $63,000 for the peppy ZL1. Depending on the trim, used Camaros offer savings just as colossal as their horsepower, costing on average literally about half the cost of new models.

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Chevrolet Camaro

A classic contender among American sports cars, the Chevrolet Camaro performs superbly and offers a wide range of engine options. From the entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower to the furious 650-horsepower supercharged V8 in the ZL1 edition, Chevrolet makes the Camaro accessible to anyone whether they're looking to splurge or save. And on that note, one of the Camaro's major advantages compared to other models on this list is its lower price tag. Available as both a hardtop and convertible, with seating for four in either version, new base model Camaros start at $25,000 or $63,000 for the peppy ZL1. Depending on the trim, used Camaros offer savings just as colossal as their horsepower, costing on average literally about half the cost of new models.

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Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger isn't just all muscle crammed under the hood. It's a fairly sizable ride, too. Most sports cars have backseats that usually tend to be cramped, but the Dodge Challenger boasts a surprisingly roomy cabin that can comfortably seat up to five people and an enormous trunk, too. The Challenger comes with five engine options from which to choose. Base models come with a 305-horsepower V6, while the top-tier engine is a 797-horsepower supercharged V8. If the V6 doesn't give you enough umph, opt for one of the four different Hemi V8s for a more powerful performance. The Challenger doesn't cut corners as sharply as other sports cars, but it does give an overall comfortable ride. New Challengers start at $29,000 but can cost up to more than $40,000 depending on the engine option. Used models go for as little as $17,000.

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Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger isn't just all muscle crammed under the hood. It's a fairly sizable ride, too. Most sports cars have backseats that usually tend to be cramped, but the Dodge Challenger boasts a surprisingly roomy cabin that can comfortably seat up to five people and an enormous trunk, too. The Challenger comes with five engine options from which to choose. Base models come with a 305-horsepower V6, while the top-tier engine is a 797-horsepower supercharged V8. If the V6 doesn't give you enough umph, opt for one of the four different Hemi V8s for a more powerful performance. The Challenger doesn't cut corners as sharply as other sports cars, but it does give an overall comfortable ride. New Challengers start at $29,000 but can cost up to more than $40,000 depending on the engine option. Used models go for as little as $17,000.

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Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is more than just an American legend. It also happens to be one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. Since the Mustang's debut in 1965, when dealerships across the country collectively sold approximately 22,000 units on the first day alone, more than 10 million have been driven on roads around the world. Now, more than 60 years later, it continues to reign as an icon of American muscle care lore. Save for the slower, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost versions, most new Mustangs now feature 5.0-liter V-8 engines that pack a total of 460 horsepower, which launches the car from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. New 2021 EcoBoosts start at $27,155, whereas the other faster trims go for no less than $36,000. Used Mustangs with 5.0 V-8s, however, tend to hover in the low-$20,000s for 2011-2015 GT models.

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Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is more than just an American legend. It also happens to be one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. Since the Mustang's debut in 1965, when dealerships across the country collectively sold approximately 22,000 units on the first day alone, more than 10 million have been driven on roads around the world. Now, more than 60 years later, it continues to reign as an icon of American muscle care lore. Save for the slower, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost versions, most new Mustangs now feature 5.0-liter V-8 engines that pack a total of 460 horsepower, which launches the car from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. New 2021 EcoBoosts start at $27,155, whereas the other faster trims go for no less than $36,000. Used Mustangs with 5.0 V-8s, however, tend to hover in the low-$20,000s for 2011-2015 GT models.

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Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si

The playful Civic Si edition sports a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower. Adding to the fun is a six-speed manual transmission, the only gearbox available. In addition to its eager engine, the Civic Si stands apart from its more vanilla trim siblings by way of its 18-inch alloy wheels, center exhaust system, rear spoiler, racing seats and a limited-slip differential that allows for increased traction. The Civic Si takes corners like a pro, with precise and responsive handling. It's also a comfortable ride for everyday runs from point A to point B. New Si models cost about $4,000 more than your typical Civic, starting at $25,000. Used models can be found for as little as $15,000.

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Honda Civic Si

The playful Civic Si edition sports a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower. Adding to the fun is a six-speed manual transmission, the only gearbox available. In addition to its eager engine, the Civic Si stands apart from its more vanilla trim siblings by way of its 18-inch alloy wheels, center exhaust system, rear spoiler, racing seats and a limited-slip differential that allows for increased traction. The Civic Si takes corners like a pro, with precise and responsive handling. It's also a comfortable ride for everyday runs from point A to point B. New Si models cost about $4,000 more than your typical Civic, starting at $25,000. Used models can be found for as little as $15,000.

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Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster

A revvy hatchback that makes the cut of best sports cars under $30,000, the Hyundai Veloster is one that's worth spending a bit extra cash for an engine upgrade. While the base model only puts out 147 horsepower, the Veloster N six-speed manual trim is capable of a punchy 250-275. The Veloster also features a sport-tuned suspension, racing seats in the front and race-ready sticky tires with additional grip, all of which make this a toy that's ready for serious play as soon as you turn the key. The Veloster's hatchback layout equates to useful storage space, too. New Veloster base models cost just under $19,000 and used models go for as little as $9,500. New N models go for $32,000 and $29,000 used.

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Hyundai Veloster

A revvy hatchback that makes the cut of best sports cars under $30,000, the Hyundai Veloster is one that's worth spending a bit extra cash for an engine upgrade. While the base model only puts out 147 horsepower, the Veloster N six-speed manual trim is capable of a punchy 250-275. The Veloster also features a sport-tuned suspension, racing seats in the front and race-ready sticky tires with additional grip, all of which make this a toy that's ready for serious play as soon as you turn the key. The Veloster's hatchback layout equates to useful storage space, too. New Veloster base models cost just under $19,000 and used models go for as little as $9,500. New N models go for $32,000 and $29,000 used.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata

In the world of sports cars, the Mazda Miata is downright iconic. Praised as one of the best options in its class on the market for decades now, it offers well-tuned handling, a fairly sleek interior with seats for two, an attractive roadster look that car aficionados know and love and a playful 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. When purchased new, the convertible Miata starts at just shy of $27,000, while the hardtop version goes for $33,000. Used models can go for a fraction of that cost, as little as $9,000.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

In the world of sports cars, the Mazda Miata is downright iconic. Praised as one of the best options in its class on the market for decades now, it offers well-tuned handling, a fairly sleek interior with seats for two, an attractive roadster look that car aficionados know and love and a playful 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. When purchased new, the convertible Miata starts at just shy of $27,000, while the hardtop version goes for $33,000. Used models can go for a fraction of that cost, as little as $9,000.

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Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

Nissan's Z line of sports cars is nothing short of a legacy that's now more than 50 years in the making. Having first debuted in 1970, then under the Datsun name badge, the Z line has long since made its mark in the hearts of Japanese sports car fans. These days, Nissan offers the two-door, two-seat 370Z coupe – the sixth and latest of the Z family – with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 and 4.7 seconds, respectively. New 370Zs start at around $31,000, while used models vary greatly depending on model year. Early-year 370Zs are priced in the low-$20,000s, while more recent used models usually fall somewhere in the mid-$20,000s.

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Nissan 370Z

Nissan's Z line of sports cars is nothing short of a legacy that's now more than 50 years in the making. Having first debuted in 1970, then under the Datsun name badge, the Z line has long since made its mark in the hearts of Japanese sports car fans. These days, Nissan offers the two-door, two-seat 370Z coupe – the sixth and latest of the Z family – with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 and 4.7 seconds, respectively. New 370Zs start at around $31,000, while used models vary greatly depending on model year. Early-year 370Zs are priced in the low-$20,000s, while more recent used models usually fall somewhere in the mid-$20,000s.

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Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX holds firm when maneuvering corners and curves and in iffy weather conditions, too, thanks to Subaru's trademark AWD drivetrain. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes for a total of 268 horsepower is what gives the WRX its sports-car feel, and the compact sedan body style also makes for plenty of additional interior space, especially when compared to that of the typical sports car coupe. Full-size adults fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats, and with four doors getting in and out is easier than in other would-be sports cars, too. While new Subaru WRXs start at $27,500, they can cost up to more than $40,000 for higher-trim variants like the sporty STI edition. Used upper-deck WRXs, however, go for significantly less, usually in the low $20,000s.

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Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX holds firm when maneuvering corners and curves and in iffy weather conditions, too, thanks to Subaru's trademark AWD drivetrain. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes for a total of 268 horsepower is what gives the WRX its sports-car feel, and the compact sedan body style also makes for plenty of additional interior space, especially when compared to that of the typical sports car coupe. Full-size adults fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats, and with four doors getting in and out is easier than in other would-be sports cars, too. While new Subaru WRXs start at $27,500, they can cost up to more than $40,000 for higher-trim variants like the sporty STI edition. Used upper-deck WRXs, however, go for significantly less, usually in the low $20,000s.

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Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI is technically not a sports car by traditional standards, at least as far as appearances go. But it sure drives like one. A rally-race-inspired take on the Golf, the compact hatchback's performance is impressive, thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. The GTI's acceleration is surprisingly quick and responsive, whether using the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. And since it's a hatchback, the GTI is actually functional, too. Its rear cargo area is more spacious than the typical two-seater, whose back seat is usually next to nonexistent. New GTIs start at just under $30,000, whereas used models can be found for about half that much. That means you can buy a pair and make your rally racing fantasies an everyday reality.

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The Volkswagen GTI is technically not a sports car by traditional standards, at least as far as appearances go. But it sure drives like one. A rally-race-inspired take on the Golf, the compact hatchback's performance is impressive, thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. The GTI's acceleration is surprisingly quick and responsive, whether using the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. And since it's a hatchback, the GTI is actually functional, too. Its rear cargo area is more spacious than the typical two-seater, whose back seat is usually next to nonexistent. New GTIs start at just under $30,000, whereas used models can be found for about half that much. That means you can buy a pair and make your rally racing fantasies an everyday reality.

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Fastest cars under $30k– Can you believe it? Me neither, but it is true.

Buying a vehicle is an expensive affair, especially if you are one of those people who crave speedy rides with top advanced features.

When it comes to finding a car with thrilling speed, one may have to rob a bank (Just Kidding!! NOT) to be able to afford it. This is the reason many people are unable to fulfill their dream of killing their gas pedal and nearly flying on the road with no worries.

The cars mentioned in the list can spring to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.”

But not anymore. Yes, I said it. You don’t have to hold back your dream of riding the fastest car as today Locar Deals is here with some of the best brand new fastest cars under 30k 2021 along with best-used sports cars under 30k.

The vehicles mentioned in this article price under $30,000, hold good tech & safety features, and can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.

So, let us get started and help you find a modest speedy ride.

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List of 9 Fastest Cars Under 30K ($30000)

Who would have thought that someday the best cars under $30k will also turn out to be fast cars under 30k? Affordability is the scale through which people make purchases.

So today, I have the nine best fastest cars under 30k for you to explore in 2021. Check out their top features, pros, cons, reliability, safety, and more. We assure you that these vehicles won’t break your bank.

  • 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback ()
  • 2021 Mini Electric Hardtop ()
  • 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT ()
  • 2021 Honda Civic ()
  • 2021 Volkswagen GTI ()
  • 2021 Mazda Miata Sport ()
  • 2021 Hyundai Veloster ()
  • 2021 Dodge Challenger ()
  • 2021 Dodge Charger ()

But before we brace ourselves with this list, let me help you clarify any doubt that you might have about buying fast cars for around $30k.

Why Should I Go For Fastest Cars Under 30k Instead of Luxury Sports Cars?

When we talk about speed, sports cars are the first thing that comes to our minds. It was true until the automobile companies began to realize the fact that owning fast cars should not be restricted to the elites.

The result is now we have numerous automobiles out on the road that might not be considered high-end luxury cars but still are just as fast as them. Imagine owning a regular compact car or a four-door vehicle that accelerates to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.

But many people still hold the doubt as to why they should invest in the fastest cars under 30k instead of reputed & pricey ones. Well, the answer is simple, and I am going to explain it as simply as possible.

Affordability

It is not unknown to anyone that sports cars are one of the most expensive commodities in the world. Some cars have a price equivalent or even more than some countries’ GDP.

Owning a regular car can be a stressful task so let alone think of an extravagant one. If speed is your topmost priority, what is better than going for a ride that offers you what you desire?

With the fastest cars under 30k, you get a car that offers you thrill & adrenaline rush, but you get no strain on your pocket. Their affordability makes them a good choice.

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Customizable

If you think just because a car is affordable it will not have better options then you are wrong.

Now the regular cars too come with customizable options. Automakers’ priority is to provide customers what they desire.

So if you want specific enhancement in your cool fast cars under 30k, you can have it without any hassle.

High-Performance Ratings

With regular fast cars, you get high-performance ratings. Thinking that only costly is the best is a burial idea.

You will get high-performance ratings of these affordable fast cars. So why waste all your hard-earned money on expensive items?

Reliable

One of the biggest and bitter truths of the automobile industry is that regular cars are somehow more reliable than expensive ones.

You can buy a sports car that can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars, but that does not guarantee its fate.

You can look up the internet and find how regular cars are stronger and are highly reliable.

Maintenance

Maintenance of the fastest cars under 30k is cheap. You do not have to worry about spending a huge amount of money on keeping them.

However, if you go for a costly car, you will have to find a way to pay for its high-end maintenance. Nothing pricey comes for free, aye.

I hope you see how buying fast cars under 30k is a much better idea if you are under a strict budget.

Detail Review Best fastest cars under 30k (2021 Updated)

9 Best fastest cars under $30K that will make your heart flutter every time you set your foot on the pedal.

Wanting to drive a fast car is a common desire among people, especially the younger ones. But not everyone can go wreckless and buy any car they want.

So if you think of a reasonable car that lets you experience the thrill like a sports car, then our mention of the fast cars under $30K is sure going to make you smile.

Let us get started and explore the fastest cars under $30,000 one by one.

1. 2021 Ford Mustang Eco Boost

  • Price – $27,205
  • Top Speed – 155 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph) – 5.1 Seconds
Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback fastest cars under 30k

The 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is one of the fastest cars under 30k that lets you experience speed & power at a price that you cannot resist. 

With a starting price of $27,205, this sports car offers you a 2.3 L 4-cylinder base engine that can charge from 310 hp to 330 hp. The tremendous 25 combined MPG makes it a fuel-friendly ride as well.

EcoBoost has a top speed of 155 miles per hour and can accelerate to sixty miles per hour in only 5.1 seconds.

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This car offers a perfect blend of straight-line acceleration, poised handling, along with impressive interior and user-friendly top features.

Trim Levels Ford Mustang Eco Boost

  • EcoBoost
  • EcoBoost Premium
  • GT
  • GT Premium
  • Mach 1 

Pros:

  • Powerful engine choices
  • Sure-footed handling
  • Intuitive in-car technology
  • Decent trunk size for the class

Cons:

2. 2021 MINI SE Hardtop

  • Price: $29,900
  • Top Speed: 93 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 6.9 Seconds
Mini Electric Hardtop fastest cars under $30k 2021

Finding a good electric car under 30k is not a tough task anymore, and the 2021 MINI SE Hardtop is here to prove it. 

MINI SE comes with an electric engine that ranges 110 mi battery-only, which is less as compared to many competitors.

However, the engine can charge up to 181 horsepower and provide a top speed of 93 miles per hour. It might seem unimpressive as compared to others, but it is excellent in the electric vehicle category.

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Not only this, you can accelerate to sixty miles per hour in 6.9 seconds. The stylish interior, intuitive tech, compact size make this subcompact car worthy among the fastest cars under 30k.

Trim Levels MINI SE Hardtop

  • Signature
  • Signature Plus
  • Iconic

Pros:

  • Agile handling
  • Fashionable interior
  • High maximum cargo capacity
  • User-friendly infotainment
  • Best car interior under 30k

Cons:

  • The cruising range is shorter than other electric vehicles
  • Narrow rear seats
  • Disappointing cargo capacity with rear seats up

3. 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT

  • Price: $25,500
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 4.1 Seconds
Chevrolet Camaro 1LT fastest cars under $30000

2021 Chevy Camaro 1LT is another among the best performance cars under $30k. The ride comes with two optional engines, 2.0 L 4-cylinder & 3.6 L V6 respectively.

With an engine power of 335 hp, you can attain the top speed of 130 miles per hour and the acceleration to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

Chevrolet Camaro is all about engine power, good fuel efficiency, and deft handling. However, it has cramped and low-rent interior space compared to many rivals in the same class.

You can own this fastest car for a starting price of $25,500. It can be referred to as one of the 400 hp cars under 30k.

Trim Levels Chevrolet Camaro 1LT

Pros:

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Engaging handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system

Cons:

  • Cramped second rowMixed interior quality

4. 2021 Honda Civic

  • Price: $21,250
  • Top Speed: 119 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 7 Seconds 
Honda Civic best cars under $30k

Fast cars under 30k are a reality, and the brand new 2021 Honda Civic Sport Touring is here to prove it.

2021 Civic Sport comes with a 1.5 L 4-cylinder & 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine that can power up to 180 horsepower. You get crisp handling, spacious interior, and brilliant fuel efficiency making it an efficient compact car.

A starting price of $21,250 makes it a catch. Not only this, you get a top speed of 119 miles per hour which is good considering its engine.

It is a good ride for new drivers as well. So if you want a safe car for your teenager, then the 2021 Honda Civic Sport Touring will make a good first car.

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Trim Levels Honda Civic

  • EX
  • EX-L
  • LX
  • Sport
  • Sport Touring
  • Touring

Pros:

  • Sporty handling and smooth driving  
  • Excellent fuel consumption
  • Powerful engine
  • Roomy passenger and cargo areas

Cons:

  • Frustrating controls with optional infotainment system

5. 2021 Volkswagen GTI

  • Price: $28,695
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 5.6 Seconds
Volkswagen GTI fast cars under 30k

If the fastest cars under 30k are what you seek, then that is what you are going to get here. The 2021 Volkswagen GTI is an impressive sports car that comes with one of the best fuel economies on this list.

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2021 Volkswagen GTI comes with a 2.0 L 4-cylinder capable of powering 228 hp. You get 26 combined MPG making it highly fuel-efficient and easy on your pocket.

With a top speed of 155 miles per hour, you can taste the fun of speed by spending only $28,695 for its base model.

Trim Levels Volkswagen GTI

Pros:

  • Deft handling
  • Muscular engine
  • Impressive passenger and cargo space
  • Nice interior quality

Cons:

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • The infotainment system can be slow

6. 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Price: $28,695
  • Top Speed: 143 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 5.7 Seconds
Mazda Miata Sport fastest cars under 30k in USA

With an affordable initial price of $28,695 and a top speed of 143 miles per hour, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata made it to our list of the fastest cars under 30k. 

With a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, you can power up to 181 horsepower. MPG of Up to 26 cities / 35 highways makes it a good ride for the price money. 

Out of the three trim levels provided by Miata, the Grand Touring trim is the only one that goes beyond the 30k mark. For the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring, you will have to pay $31,770.

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The high performance, well-built cabin, and long list of standard features make it a good choice for anyone to consider.

Trim Levels Mazda MX-5 Miata

Pros:

  • Deft handling
  • Energetic engine
  • Impressive gas mileage
  • Plenty of standard features

Cons:

  • Small trunk
  • Snug cabin
  • Fussy infotainment controls

7. 2021 Hyundai Veloster

  • Price: $18,900
  • Top Speed: 139 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 5.5 Seconds
Hyundai Veloster fastest new cars under 30k

2021 Hyundai Veloster is a sports car that offers an impressive amount of five trim levels. With a price range that goes from $18,900 for base trim to $28,450 for the highest level trim, you get one of the best sports cars under 30k.

In the all-new Honda Veloster, you get 1.6 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder engines capable of producing 201 horsepower. This vehicle also has a good fuel efficiency of 29 combined MPG on this list. 

The lively handling, user-friendly, and powerful optional engine are enough to attract your attention. Not only this, with a top speed of 139 mph which offers you the thrill but with the security of Hyundai.

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It is the cheapest car on this list. You can call it the fastest cars under 25k.

Trim Levels Hyundai Veloster

  • 2.0
  • 2.0 Premium
  • Turbo R-Spec
  • Turbo
  • Turbo Ultimate

Pros:

  • Flexible handling
  • An eye-catching optional turbo engine
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Low base price
  • Big list of standard features

Cons:

  • So-so interior quality
  • Subpar fuel economy for the class

8. 2021 Dodge Challenger

  • Price: $29,065
  • Top Speed: 203 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 5.3 Seconds
Dodge Challenger fastest cars under 30k

If you are into cars that somehow give the retro vibe, then the 2021 Dodge Challenger is for you. With a top speed of 203 miles per hour, this is one of the fastest cars under 30k on our list.

You get four powerful optional engines (3.6 L V6, 5.7 L V8, 6.2 L V8, 6.4 L V8) that can charge up to 807 hp, making it one of the most powerful sports cars under 30k 2021.

It is a top-performer car that comes with user-friendly tech features, a spacious interior, and speedy plus potent engines that will never let you get bored in your journey. 

Trim Levels Dodge Challenger

  • 2.0
  • 2.0 Premium
  • Turbo R-Spec
  • Turbo
  • Turbo Ultimate

Pros:

  • The fiercely powered engine line-up
  • Roomy second row
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Good trunk space

Cons:

  • Less agile than rivals
  • So-so interior quality

9. 2021 Dodge Charger

  • Price: $30,755
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 5.2 Seconds
Dodge Charger fastest cars under 30k 2021

When it comes to speed, Dodge is not messing around. Another Dodge ride that made it to our list of fastest cars under 30k 2021 is the 2021 Dodge Charger.

The vehicle comes with four optional V6 and V8 engines that can power up to 797 horsepower.

With this mid-size car, you can speed up to 155 miles per hour. The good technological features, spacious cabin and poised handling make it a good choice.

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The price for Dodge Charger goes a little overboard with our price limit of 30k. However, the difference isn’t much, plus the features make it irresistible not to mention.

Trim Levels Dodge Charger

  • SXT
  • GT
  • R/T
  • Scat Pack
  • SRT Hellcat
  • SRT Hellcat Redeye

Pros:

  • Incredible engine power
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Roomy, comfortable seats
  • Composed handling

Cons:

  • Disappointing safety score for the class
  • Medium internal quality

Alternative: Buy a Used Performance Cars under $30K

If you find owning the brand new fastest cars under 30k is a bit much, then you can go for a better alternative of buying the fastest used cars under 30k.

Some people may not like the idea of buying a used car. However, if you are not sure about your choice, then going for a used version is the best decision you can take.

Below I have listed some good performance cars under budget for you to consider:

  • 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata- Fastest cars under 30k 2018
  • 2018 Ford Focus ST
  • 2017 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6- Best cars 2017 under 30k
  • 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6
  • 2016 Subaru WRX STI
  • 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
  • 2017 Nissan 370Z NISMO
  • 2018 Kia Stinger GT
  • 2017 Ford Mustang GT
  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Top FAQ Related Fastest Cars Under $30k

What is the cheapest car with the most horsepower?

The cheapest car with the most horsepower is the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. It comes with a 300 horsepower engine and a base price of $27,865.

What’s the fastest car under 30k?
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback
  • Mini Electric Hardtop
  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LT
  • Honda Civic
  • Volkswagen GTI
  • Mazda Miata Sport
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Dodge Charger
Is it okay to buy a used car?

Well, the answer differs from person to person. Some people have no issue going for a second-hand ride while some are about brand new.

To make sure you buy a beneficial used car, research about the seller, car, its condition, test drive, negotiate the price and then finally make the purchase.

What are the best-used cars under $30000?
  • 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 2018 Ford Focus ST
  • 2017 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6
  • 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6
  • 2016 Subaru WRX STI
  • 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
  • 2017 Nissan 370Z NISMO
  • 2018 Kia Stinger GT
  • 2017 Ford Mustang GT
  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Conclusion

Speed is the new prominent feature that buyers look for when buying a brand new ride. The reason is simple, people living in a world of continuous change need something to match up the lifestyle.

I have listed the nine best fastest cars under 30k for you. Read, compare, and choose the one that suits your criteria of an ideal fast car.

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