When looking at sports cars, most people assume they won't come at a low price. While that may be true of many models, there are cheap sports cars out there. While your definition of affordable may be different from the next guy, we've listed some sports cars with starting MSRPs of under $26,000. Yes, sports cars under $26,000.
2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Let's begin with the lowest priced car on the list, the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse. With a starting invoice price of just under $20,000 and after all added options near the $30,000 mark, the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse can certainly be considered an affordable sports car. The two-door, four-seat coupe offers front-wheel-drive. Though not the most powerful performer, the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse is available in a choice of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 162 horsepower engine or a 3.8-liter V-6 265 horsepower engine. Most people find the coupe fun to drive and it certainly does look the part of a sporty ride.
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The next affordable sports car on the list is the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which starts off at around $22,000. While the Hyundai brand probably isn't the first to come to mind when thinking of a sports car, the base Genesis Coupe is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine capable of 210 horsepower. The 3.8-liter V-6 engine delivers 306 horsepower to the rear wheels. With excellent marks on safety tests, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a solid choice when looking for value, power and safety packed into a sporty looking ride.
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in at around $22,800. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 167 horsepower comes standard for all of the Mazda MX-5 Miatas. The power of the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata isn't what all of the auto writers, test drivers and reviews are raving about; it's the fine-tuned precision handling that excites everyone. The sporty feel of the Mazda MX-5 Miata feels driving down the road is what makes this little two-seater into a sport car.
2010 Mazda RX-8
The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is the most expensive on this list and starts at only $26,000. While the initial price isn't bad for a sports car, the rotary engine requires more upkeep and maintenance than a regular engine. The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is equipped with sporty handling, a roomy backseat, unique suicide doors and a 1.3-liter 212 horsepower two-rotor rotary engine in every model.
If you are looking for an affordable car in 2010, try one of these small, sporty rides.