These not-so-pricey sports cars are lots of fun.

Best Affordable Sports Cars | CarMax

Ever dreamed of owning a sports car? These vehicles not only look sleek and sharp, but they're a blast to drive (and if we're being honest, they can be a lot of fun to show off, too). However, if all you see are dollar signs when you think about buying a sports car, you might think that owning one is outside of your budget. This doesn't have to be the case!

There are plenty of fun-to-drive sports cars on the market that don't have to break the bank. You’ll notice this year’s best-sellers include some familiar makes and models, such as the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang. Meanwhile, there are some additional models on the list, including the Subaru WRX and BMW X1.

Excited to learn more about some of the affordable sports cars at CarMax? Check out this list of the best affordable sports cars for 2019, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Vehicles on this list had average CarMax prices under $30,000.1 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average price.

  1. Chevrolet Corvette
  2. Mini Cooper Countryman
  3. Subaru BRZ
  4. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  5. Nissan 370Z
  6. Volkswagen GTI
  7. Subaru WRX
  8. BMW X1
  9. Chevrolet Camaro
  10. Ford Mustang


Chevrolet Corvette

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Chevrolet Corvette | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $29,000.1

The Chevrolet Corvette has been around for more than 60 years, so it's definitely a classic. And thanks to several different body stylings and sub-trim options, it's also become a lot more affordable. Check out a model like the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette for a list of classic sports car options like a 6.2L, 430-hp V8, a removable targa top, and a manual transmission. One of our Corvette purchasers says many of the 2005-2013 Corvettes are really attractive to budget-minded sports car fans. He says that’s because they’ve typically been driven lightly and stored in a garage.“These cars tend to be ‘dream cars’ that get taken out for drives on weekends,” he says.


Mini Cooper Countryman

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Mini Cooper Countryman | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $19,500.1

You might not immediately think of a Mini Cooper when you think of a sports car, but the Countryman has all the characteristics and features of a sports car that make it a blast to drive. Plus, it has a unique body design that stands out from the "typical" sports car appearance. The 2018 model is available in four trim options, with its standard trim including a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine. It also has some great standard features, including a panoramic sunroof and rearview camera.


Subaru BRZ

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Subaru BRZ | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $21,000.1

Developed jointly by Subaru and Toyota (see its twin, the Toyota 86), the BRZ is a brash little two-seater that sounds great, thanks to its flat-four engine. Since it’s a 2+2, there’s space for smaller passengers in the back seat. A 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited comes with a price that’s easier on your wallet than lots of other, newer sports cars, and is just as much fun.

This particular model looks quick while standing still. It gives you a 200-hp engine, a manual six-speed transmission, and a cool-looking interior that’s wrapped in leather and contrasting stitchwork.


Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Mazda MX-5 Miata | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $19,000.1

This two-seat roadster may not offer much in the way of space, but its compact design makes for excellent handling and maneuverability. It's also a blast to drive with its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine at 155 horsepower. The 2018 MX-5 Miata comes in three trim levels, with the base Sport trim including features like a seven-inch touchscreen interface, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry. If you’re a purist, you can check out some models from just a few years back, like the 2011 Mazda Miata Touring. This car gives you a manual convertible top you can lower yourself in seconds at a stoplight.


Nissan 370Z

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Nissan 370Z | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $23,000.1

The Nissan 370Z is a hatchback coupe that really shines when it comes to its performance and price. For the 2018 model year, it also received some nice updates, including upgraded wheels and some other styling enhancements. This sports car is also available in five trims, all of which come with a powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes it a joy to drive.

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Volkswagen GTI

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $19,000.1

When it comes to sport hatchbacks, the Volkswagen GTI is a must-see. The GTI has been giving VW performance fans their fun fix for more than 30 years. For example, a two-door model like the 2013 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T comes with a six-speed stick and a barky, torquey turbo motor that’s good for 200 hp. For the 2018 model year, the GTI sees an increase in horsepower that drivers will enjoy, as well as new standard features in its upper two trim levels. The 2018 GTI comes in three available trims with standard features on its base S including heated front seats and smartphone integration. This is a great choice for those looking for a sports car with room for more passengers, as this vehicle can seat up to five.


Subaru WRX

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Subaru WRX | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $27,000.1

The Subaru WRX is another spacious option, offering room for up to five passengers. The 2018 model is available in five trim levels, with standard features in its base trim including a rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, and all-wheel drive. It's also equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and offers a surprisingly smooth ride with impressive acceleration.



Best Affordable Sports Cars: BMW X1 | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $21,000.1

If you're interested in a luxury crossover that has all the features of a sports car, the BMW X1 is worth a look. The 2018 model comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine at 228 horsepower, as well as other features such as a rear power liftgate, keyless ignition, and large 18-inch wheels for a smooth ride. There are also many package options available on the 2018 X1, including an M Sport Design Package that will ramp up your ride with a sport-tuned transmission, sport front seats, and other performance upgrades.


Chevrolet Camaro

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $22,000.1

The Chevrolet Camaro has been around for many years. The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro LS seats four, and it treats all occupants to bold acceleration from a high-performance, 323-hp V6. However, the 2018 model year is perhaps the most impressive. Standard features on the 2018 base 1LS trim include a rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjustable driving models, and Wi-Fi capability. There’s a smooth-shifting automatic transmission between the two front seats for the driver, and tall, chrome-y, alloy wheels on all four corners, and an overall very-swoopy exterior for pedestrians to gawk over.


Ford Mustang

Best Affordable Sports Cars: Ford Mustang | CarMax

Average CarMax price (from 6/1/18 to 11/30/18): under $21,500.1

Topping our list of affordable sports cars is the Ford Mustang, which sees refined suspension and body styling for 2018. The redesign received a 10-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle is available in five trim options, with a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine coming standard. You'll get the most out of your experience by upgrading to one of the GT trims, though, as you'll enjoy a 5.0-liter V8 engine and such features as an eight-inch touchscreen display, power front seats, and a premium nine-speaker sound system.

One of our sales consultants tells us the Mustang is a great sports car for a couple of reasons. One is its affordability — it lets fans get into higher-performing cars without necessarily paying the higher price. Another reason is there’s lots of potential for upgrading a Mustang when you own it.

“As you grow with the car, you can customize it to your taste,” our sales consultant says.

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An inexpensive sports car can provide you with the fun, exhilarating ride you've been looking for. Hungry for more information on sports cars as you research your options? Check out some of these related resources:

1Average prices based on total make and model inventory, including all trims available for each model, listed for sale on CarMax lots from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Actual prices vary based on model year, selected features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, title, tag, or any applicable fees.
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