Everyone wants to get the most car for their money, but a lot of us also want something that’s sexy and fun to drive. Fortunately, US News & World Report did a great survey listing which auto give you the most bang for your buck.
1. Scion FR-S
Ranking #1 as the most affordable sports car, the Scion FR-S is reportedly fun to drive at a reasonable cost. Experts also say it’s one of the best-handling sports cars on the market. It offers more interior comfort than some other competitors with supportive front seats and a driver-focused cabin. It also stands out with better safety ratings than other sports cars in its class. Receives an MPG of 22 city/30 hwy. Prices start at $24,500.
2. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Although the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t as powerful as other engines in the sports car class (it comes with a standard four-cylinder engine), drivers loved the quick, accurate steering and athletic handling of this lightweight car, saying it kept up with newer rivals like the Subaru BRZ. It also got top marks for above-average reliability and attractively-designed interior which features a functional, driver-focused control layout. Add-ons include automatic climate control, leather seats, heated seats, Bluetooth, push-button start, satellite radio and a Bose stereo. Fuel economy is good at 22/28 mpg city/highway and prices start at a reasonable $23,720.
3. Subaru BRZ
Drivers looking for a track-ready performance vehicle in an affordable package should look no further than the 2013 Subaru BRZ. Like the Mazda Miata, the BRZ’s peppy engine has a slick-shift transmission and fantastic handling. Autoblog comments, “There is no doubt about whether the car does what it was built to do—it handles terrifically, it sounds great especially if you’re a fan of high-revving fours, it’s a solid shifter with either transmission and a pleasant cabin.” The front seats are well-bolstered and comfortable, and the rear perches are suitable for children or a forward-facing car seat; it can also be folded down for larger items. It received a better than average safety score and gets 22/30 mpg city/highway and prices start at $25,495.
4. Ford Mustang
Reviewers agree that the 2013 Ford Mustang offers more power than a number of cars in its class. It’s more agile than rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. The dash is well-built with high-quality materials, though its interior isn’t as impressive as some other options in its class. The real sell with this muscle car is its price, which starts at a low $22,200. It gets 19/29 mpg city/highway.
5. Nissan 370Z
A powerful engine and agile handling make the 2013 Nissan 370Z an exceptional sports car worth the higher price tag and two-seater capacity, though the two-seat cabin and high price may limit its appeal. Strong points are excellent brakes, athletic handling, and communicative steering. The base model comes with push-button start, automatic climate controls and a four-speaker stereo. Features like a backup camera, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, and heated seats are available on higher trims. It gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway and prices start at $33,120.