5 Best Sports Car For Your Buck

For better or for worse, people love sports cars. While you might crave the thrill of driving 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds, handling the $2,000 per month price tag that typically goes along with such a ride is another story. If you're a mere mortal but still want a thrill, the following are some great cars that are far more affordable.

Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S Image via Flickr by zombieite This sleek, stiff two-liter car offers a low center of gravity, a manual transmission, and a very fine suspension system that will really let you feel the road under you. This car has power to spare and gives you great control, which is completely in line with the sports car feeling you crave. Also, that aforementioned center of gravity is actually lower than in cars like the Nissan GT-R and the Porsche Cayman, even though the FR-S is under $25,000.

Mazda Miata MX-5

Mazda Miata MX-5 One of the Dallas used cars that any speed buff will enjoy when its time comes is the MX-5 - and a 2012 is available for about $23,000. Miatas are never the fastest cars around, but they're great when it comes to power and precise handling. Letting you feel the road blaze beneath you and being highly responsive is what this car is all about.

Ford Mustand GT

Ford Mustand GT The pedigree of this vehicle is enough to let you know that it's not your average car, despite its approachable starting price in the $30,000 range. The 2013 model boasts 430 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, which is within the realm of some pricier big name automobiles from the likes of Lexus, BMW, and Corvette. This kind of horsepower makes perfect sense considering that the car is named after a horse.

Audi TT

Audi TT The Audi is a bit of a dandy among the rest of this list, coming to a base price of nearly $39,000 for its newest iteration. But considering that this car boasts 211 horsepower at 4,300 RPMs and up to 258 lb-ft of torque, it definitely qualifies as powerful enough for the list. Not to mention this vehicle is economical, coming in at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway.

Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI This is a hatchback, and most people don't associate anything from VW with being all that sporty. But believe it or not, this perky little car rocks 207 lb-ft of torque, 200 horsepower, and the sporting suspension you'd expect out of a pricier ride. All priced at less than $23,000, and it has enough room to scare the daylights out of your three passengers while you zip down the road. There is a sad belief that to have a nice sporty ride you have to take out a second mortgage, but it isn't true at all. In fact, none of these cars will make you break the bank - but they might get you to break a sweat. Consider them when shopping for that stylish yet speedy sports car. [smartads]

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