10 Cheap Used Sports Cars For Performance And Comfort

10 Cheap Used Sports Cars For Performance And Comfort

Sports cars need to get one thing right if they want to prevail: performance. Whether it’s through a high-powered engine, an extremely capable chassis, or both, driving thrills are a must-have in any vehicle that’s marketed as a performance car.


However, sometimes, sports cars focus too much on performance, to the point where their interior build and ride quality become too harsh to handle on a daily basis, and this is especially the case with low-budget models that have to cost cut in certain areas in order to lower their asking price.

But comfortable sports cars definitely exist, and contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to pay six figures to access them. Gathering prices from CarGurus and Edmunds, we’ve compiled 10 cheap used sports cars that deliver both performance and comfort.

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10 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP – $10,000

10 Cheap Used Sports Cars For Performance And Comfort
Via GM 

From its curvy front end and tasteful rear bulges to its gorgeous five-spoked rims and the fact that it’s a convertible, the 2008 Pontiac Solstice is a great used sports car for those on a budget. The range-topping GXP trim sports a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that churns out 260 horsepower and an equal amount of torque, delivering a powerful yet smooth ride that can be thoroughly enjoyed on a daily basis without becoming intolerable. The average price for a used 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP hovers around $10,000 for units with relatively high mileage ratings.

9 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T – $17,000

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via Dodge

As the mid-range model of the Dodge Challenger’s 2011 lineup, the renowned R/T trim which dates back to the ’70s delivers healthy performance courtesy of a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers 376 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Better yet, the 2011 Challenger offers more cargo and passenger space than most class competitors, including seating for up to five people. $17,000 should be enough to find one in good condition.

8 2010 Nissan 370Z – $14,000

Red 370Z Roadster
via Nissan

The Nissan 370Z is universally recognized as a top-tier budged driver’s car, and the 2010 model makes for a perfect first-time sports car with immense tuning potential. Its well-made interior is reasonably practical and delivers great everyday comfort, but the 370Z is also ready to rumble at any given time thanks to its 332-hp 3.7-liter V6. You can get your hands on one for around $14,000, leaving cash to spare for multiple tunes if that’s your thing.

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7 2000 Porsche Boxster 986 – $16,000

Porsche Boxster - Front
Porsche

Powered by two flat-six engine variations with either 217 or 247 horsepower, the 2000 Porsche Boxster 986 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds when equipped with a manual transmission. Handling-wise, it’s a Porsche, so nimble cornering and precise steering are guaranteed, and its interior is more than comfortable for daily use despite its lack of storage space. You can find healthy used units for an average price of around $16,000, a complete bargain if you ask us.

6 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i – $22,000

2014 BMW Z4 Convertible Roadster
Via BMW

The 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 28i isn’t going to melt your face off with mind-blowing speeds, but its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder still puts down 240 horsepower along with 260 pound-feet of torque in what makes for a sporty ride. The convertible also offers a quality interior built with daily use in mind, and even without taking the aforementioned into account, the 2014 Z4’s timeless design alone should already be enough to justify its $22,000 average used price.

5 2016 Ford Mustang V6 – $17,000

2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
via Ford

The 2016 Ford Mustang is an absolute bargain in its base form, powered by an EcoBoost 3.7-liter V6 that generates 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, with used examples going for about $17,000. Additionally, the Mustang features a relatively up-to-date interior with comfortable seating and plenty of useful tech that makes it the perfect daily sports car.

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4 2015 Chevrolet Camaro – $15,000

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Ls
via GM Media

Much like the Mustang – which is its arch nemesis in terms of competition, the Chevrolet Camaro is another cheap muscle car that’s intended to be comfortable and sporty simultaneously. Entry-level trims of the 2015 Camaro fetch about $15,000, boasting a 3.6-liter V6 with 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Within, the Camaro provides comfy seating and forgiving damping without compromising the vehicle’s handling abilities too much.

3 1997 Porsche Carrera 911 996 – $23,000

Silver 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 996 In The Hills
Porsche

The Porsche 911 Carrera is one of the purest sports cars in automotive history, and with a rear-mounted flat-six that generates 296 horsepower along with 258 pound-feet of torque, the 1997 996 is no exception. It’s the complete package in terms of performance, providing great acceleration and poised handling capabilities, and if need be, the 986 911 can also double as a city-going commuter car with a high-quality interior. Model’s with high mileage ratings can be bought for as little as $23,000.

2 2014 Audi TT – $25,000

2014 Audi TT
via Audi

The Audi TT is one of the most reliable sports cars in existence, finding a perfect balance between comfort, durability, and enticing performance. You can find used versions of the 2014 model for $25,000, which comes off as a bargain when you consider the Audi TT’s gorgeous looks and high-quality cabin. Also, its small 2.0-liter inline-four engine still pumps out 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in what makes for a glorious drive.

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1 2009 BMW 335i Coupe – $10,000

E92 BMW 335I Coupe
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With 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque sourced from a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six, the 2009 BMW E92 335i is essentially a sedan turned into a sports car, featuring a sexy two-door configuration while boasting an immensely practical interior with top-notch comfort for 5 passengers. In terms of driving, it manages perfectly well when pushed hard, able to blast from 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

Sources: Edmunds, Cargurus, Cars.com.

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