Sports Cars That Won't Break the Bank

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata ranks No. 1 on our list for both sports cars and convertibles. It’s also the winner of our 2016 Best Sports Car for the Money award. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the MX-5 Miata makes a respectable 155 horsepower, which critics describe as exhilarating. The standard six-speed manual transmission feels quick, even though rivals like the Ford Mustang offer more power.

The Miata, completely redesigned for 2016, achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a sports car. The rear-wheel drivetrain provides agile handling on winding roads. Starting at just under $25,000, the Miata is an engaging athletic roadster that is less expensive than rivals like the Subaru BR-Z.

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