Sports cars can be expensive and most of them really are. Production models rely on expensive sports garage parts such as breaks, suspension, transmission, seats and plenty of other elements that bump up the price quite a bit. A regular user can go without most of them in order to enjoy the driving sensation of a sports car. There are more affordable models that make it easier to get that sportish driving feel without spending a sack of money on the car. Here are the top 10 best affordable sport cars in 2014.
10. Mini Cooper Coupe
The Mini series has been running strong for quite a few years with sale numbers that would be envied by other manufacturers. The Coupe model turns this small city car into a sports model that has quite a few perks to make it worth looking at. For the coupe, the manufacturers used a four cylinder engine coupled with a turbine and an improved gearbox. On the other hand, the model does not fix some of the existing problems with other models. The huge gauge placed in the middle is still there and many drivers would enjoy looking at their speedometer without looking to their right.
9. Mini Cooper Roadster
Looking at the model and trying to be honest about it makes it difficult to deny that the Roadster is just a Coupe without the top. It has almost the same mpg fuel consumption, the same engine and turbocharger and even the same transmission. The feature that makes it stand out is the convertible top. It does come also in a hardtop version that makes it identical to the coupe. Other than that, the car still remains a valid option when searching for an affordable sports car.
8. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Genesis series received a visual upgrade in late 2013 but it is not the looks that make this car a decent budget sports car. Hyundai made a few changes to the model that are more than skin deep. It has more power, improved road stability, better road grip and an overall improved driving experienced. The downside is that it is the more expensive car in this top 10. However, unlike the other cars mentioned here, it does come with the most options and features.
7. Dodge Challenger
Dodge pulled together a rather interesting car. The 2014 Dodge Challenger is probably the most affordable sports car equipped with a V8 engine. All this power does come with a cost. It is not as agile as its smaller sized competitors in this segment but it is a very powerful sports car. Dressed in a traditional American muscle car exterior design, the Challenger is a great choice for the ones that want more HP for their money.
6. Nissan 370Z
The 370Z has been around for quite some time and this year, Nissan decided to rework some of its exterior elements and throw in some new technologies. The 2014 Nissan 370Z comes with a powerful 3.7 liter V6 engine that is capable of delivering more than enough HP for such a light sports car. Gas consumption has also been improved while the old gearbox has been replaced with a 7-speed one which should make it more enjoyable to shift gears faster. The biggest benefit is the fact that the price of this new and improved 2014 model remained unchanged. Nissan’s 370Z model remains a sports car worthy of a position in this top 10.
5. Chevrolet Camaro
Not everyone enjoys large sports cars. However, the Camaro is a great looking vehicle. It compensates its rather voluminous dimensions with great looks and raw power. The hood hides a generous V8 engine built for muscle cars but the Camaro goes beyond the limits of a typical American car. It is much more fixable, versatile, stable on the road and impressively responsive.
4. Ford Mustang
Mustang is one of the most well known models made by the American automotive giant. The series has been around for decades and still manages to hold a strong market share. Looking at the all-new 2014 Ford Mustang, expectations tend to be outmatched by the car’s performance and visuals. Even if some might not see it as a true sports car due to its rather big dimensions, the model is versatile enough. Its driving feel is actually very close to the one of much more expensive models. The currently available models give the buyers to options in terms of engines. Manufacturers offer either a V6 model or a V8. One of the notable inconveniences is the fact that not many customization options are available.
3. Subaru BRZ
The Impreza has been dominating the sports car market for mode than a decade. It is actually the model that got Subaru this much acclaimed by their customers. The BRZ is a normal evolution of smaller sized sports cars that are more light but very agile and responsive. For a four cylinder car that delivers modest horse power, the car never feels lazy or that there is not enough torque. It is a balanced sports car that is both affordable and good looking. Looking at the model with all its pros and cons, the 2014 Subaru BRZ is an excellent car worthy of the number 3 position in this top 10.
2. Mazda MX-5 Miata
For a lot of people the Miata is a reference model in terms of sports cars. Its popularity made it one of the manufacturers most successful models and the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata secures the number two position in the top 10 most affordable sports cars. It is difficult to find any flaws. The Miata has great fuel economy, quality interior design with properly placed gauges, conveniently arranged controls and multiple technologies that make it excellent for a tech savvy driver. When all these things get put together and the price is added to the mix, denying its number two spot is impossible.
1. Scion FR-S
Not a lot of people head about the Scion FR-S. It is a rather unknown manufacturer but for the ones that did hear the name before, placing the Scion FR-S on the first position is not much of a surprise. Its starting price is one of the lowest in this top 10. The manufacturers managed to make the car extremely lightweight which actually made it possible for a four cylinder engine to be used. It provides more than enough power. The driving experience is also superior to most other models. This means excellent road grip, stability and responsiveness even at high speeds.