It’s a sellers’ market, but buyers looking for a fun car still have a chance.
Prices for new and used vehicles have reached record highs this year amid persistent parts and supply issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The average price paid for a new model was over $ 40,000 in September, and most used models were selling for over $ 30,000.
Those numbers cover the whole range of vehicles, from subcompacts to full-size trucks, but believe it or not, there are still a few sports cars that start at less than the average price of a used vehicle.
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Toyota just announced the base price of the 2022 GR86 at $ 28,695, and it’s not even the cheapest available. Here’s a look at the five cheapest sports cars you can buy today, with a “sports car” defined in this case as a rear-wheel-drive two-door that offers manual transmission.
The Subaru BRZ is essentially the same car as the Toyota GR86, but with a slightly different attitude. The two lightweight 2 + 2 coupes are powered by a 228bhp 2.4-liter flat-four from the Subaru parts bin, but the BRZ is tuned to ride and behave more like a GT than a track car. .
The GR86 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and a fabric cover that makes it the perfect model for tuners to work on.
Ford Mustang EcoBoost: $ 28,400
The Mustang may be better suited for a V8, but the EcoBoost’s 310-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes it the muscle car of this group.
Mazda MX-5 Miata: $ 27,825
The Miata has been the quintessential affordable sports car for more than three decades, and the latest iteration continues the tradition with its tiny two-seat convertible body and powerful 181-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Chevrolet Camaro: $ 26,195
The Camaro fights the Mustang for pony car supremacy with a 275 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but that hasn’t helped in the sales race, where the Mustang lineup leads the Camaro by over 2.5 to one.