When we think of sports cars, we think of cars that are designed for performance and which are a blast to drive. Such a broad interpretation of the term “sports car” opens doors of possibility that narrower definitions can’t, and in reviewing the roster of 2012 models in a quest to discover the most affordable sports cars of 2012, we discovered that many fun-to-drive vehicles don’t fit the traditional ideal of a sports car. So please, dear reader, keep an open mind. We promise, based on our own seat time, that these are the best affordable sports cars for 2012.
Now that your expectations are properly set, we’ll tell you that each of the selections on this list carries a base sticker price of less than $24,000 (prices do not include destination charge). All except one have a back seat, but only one could serve double-duty as a family car. There are no V8 engines in this group of affordable sports cars for 2012, but there are two models with rear-wheel drive, three cars with turbochargers, and all of ‘em can be equipped with a manual transmission.
Curious yet? On the pages that follow, we list the most affordable sports car of 2012 in reverse order, starting with the most expensive of the quintet.