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Best affordable sports cars

Explore the best affordable sports cars of 2024
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2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

1. Ford Mustang

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$29,998$64,998
Estimated combined MPG17 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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4 out of 5

Pros

  • Powerful four-cylinder and V8 engines
  • Cabin blends modern tech with retro style
  • Steering wheel has a more streamlined button layout

Cons

  • Digital screens are a polarizing design choice
  • B&O audio system lacks punch
  • Can be hard to get in and out
2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT

2. Chevrolet Camaro

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$41,998
Estimated combined MPG16 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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4 out of 5

Pros

  • Impressive handling
  • Strong acceleration
  • Smooth ride

Cons

  • Poor visibility
  • Tiny rear seat
  • Limited trunk space
2022 Subaru WRX Base

3. Subaru WRX

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$20,998$31,998
Estimated combined MPG21 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Quick acceleration
  • Impressive handling
  • Precise steering

Cons

  • Lots of road noise
  • Infotainment touchscreen difficult to use
  • Cabin lacks refinement and upscale materials
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

4. Mazda MX-5 Miata

CarMax owner rating

4.8

Price range*$31,998
Estimated combined MPG29 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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4 out of 5
2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE 2.0T DSG

5. Volkswagen GTI

CarMax owner rating

4.7

Price range*$27,998
Estimated combined MPG27 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Fun to drive
  • Roomy interior
  • High-quality materials in interior

Cons

  • Controls can be frustrating to use
  • Cupholders are small and awkwardly placed
  • The touchscreen can be a bit laggy
2022 Mini Countryman Cooper S

6. Mini Cooper Countryman

CarMax owner rating

4.7

Price range*$35,998
Estimated combined MPG26 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Fun to drive
  • Stylish exterior
  • Lineup includes hybrid and performance versions

Cons

  • Seats are a bit cramped
  • Not much storage space
  • Requires premium fuel
2024 Subaru BRZ Limited

7. Subaru BRZ

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$33,998
Estimated combined MPG22 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Improved engine
  • Responsive cornering  
  • Technology enhancements

Cons

  • Noisy highway driving
  • Small backseat and cargo space
  • Unimpressive audio system
2019 Nissan 370Z Sport Touring

8. Nissan 370Z

CarMax owner rating

4.8

Price range*$28,998$33,998
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Sharp, controlled steering
  • Precise handling
  • Pure driving experience without excessive aids and assists

Cons

  • Loud road and engine noise
  • Major blind spots
  • Difficult to drive smoothly
2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn Manual

9. Volkswagen Jetta GLI

CarMax owner rating

5

Price range*$27,998
Estimated combined MPG30 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

10. Hyundai Veloster N

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$29,998
Estimated combined MPG22 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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Pros

  • Great turbo power
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Sonorous exhaust note

Cons

  • Decreased ride comfort
  • Limited interior space
  • Longer driver's door makes parking difficult

Frequently asked questions about sports cars

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How we ranked this list

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from September 2023 through February 2024. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

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Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.

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