Affordable Sports Cars for 2013
Sports cars have been around for what most people nowadays would consider as “forever.” Realistically, it has only been since the 1800s. The invention of the automobile struck interest in many (mostly men at the time) and they soon found a new sport: racing. “The automobile had tremendous appeal for the sportsman… It was the fastest vehicle at man’s bidding, it was new; much about it was unknown. It offered a great challenge.” (Ken Purdy, an American auto journalist) Today, we have moved far beyond steam-powered tractor and carriage races much like the first two recorded races in 1878 and 1894. Some of the most frugal and affordable sports cars of 2013 have broken records and changed the automobile industry as we know it. The list below is a top ten that has been put together due to the great testimonies from car owners, Forbes.com, Motortrend.com and many others.
- 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe–~$24,250-$35,125. In track tests, this sleek car beat cars like the Camaro, Challenger, Mustang and Infinity G37 in the 0-60mph test (5.18 seconds, by the way) and has 274 horsepower with the 2.0T edition and 348 horsepower if you have the V6. It’s no wonder why this car is number one on our list!
- 2013 Scion FR-S– ~$24,955-$26,055. This precision-made new addition to the Scion family has given reason for other cars to be jealous as it rolls down the street. There was a limited edition of 86 in the USA. This new Scion has a lower center gravity than Porsche’s Cayman, Nissan’s GT-R, Subaru’s STI and many others’. It’s also only about 0.6 inches higher than the Lexus LFA; amazing!
- 2013 Subaru BRZ–~$25,495-$27,495. This beauty is the sister of Scion’s FR-S. It has a six-speed for both manual and automatic versions of the car and also has the low center gravity as mentioned above. If you’re one that’s looking for gas efficient in a sports car, the BRZ gets 25 city and 34 highway; not too shabby for a sports car at all.
- 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500–~$54,200-$62,030. For car enthusiasts who love American-made, bold-lined, fast cars, you will want to take a look into this “classic turned modern” sports car. Ford stepped it up a notch with an extra 100 hp from their 2012 model and a new 5.8 liter aluminum-block V8 engine upgraded from the whilom 5.4 liter engine. This attractively, aggressive car has many extra packages you can add as well for those who want a sportier upgrade. (God Bless America for sport packages!)
- 2013 Chevrolet Camaro–~$23-345-$59,545. When Chevrolet made this car, they wanted to make sure it still had the iconic look of the classic muscle cars from the 1960’s with all the new technology inside. With the amazing 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, this powerhouse of a car is reeling in consumers left and right!
- 2013 Mazda Miata MX-5–~$23,720-$29,250. Great news for all Mazda lovers! This new model of the MX-5 has been leaked and is now being sold in Japan (Mazda wanted to keep customers on their toes after most thought there would not be another Miata for 2013). Luckily, Mazda makers are not ones to disappoint! The 2013 Mazda Miata MX-5 has some amazing new updates in safety and performance and now the convertible and hardtop have distinct differences (such as the color of their headlights) that Mazda enthusiasts love.
- 2013 Nissan 370Z–~$33,120-$45,470. This sixth generation car continues to steal the spotlight with Nissan fans and many other sports car lovers across the globe. Although not many changes were applied to this new model, 18-inch wheels and LED daytime lights have been added. Those who adored the previous 370Z will be thankful they won’t have to make those small, but chic changes themselves.
- 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo–~$21,950-$31,325. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s this sleek, new turbo edition with not two doors or four doors, but three doors! This ninja-like door helps the car still be a coupe sports car whilst being convenient for passengers at the same time (and with this car it is almost guaranteed that your friends will want to tag along!). In addition with the new inventive design, the Veloster Turbo has 201 horsepower, six airbags for safety, and hands free calling for those “popular kids” who are always on the phone. With this car, there is something for everyone!
- 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse–~$17,245-$29,089. Don’t let the fact that this is the only 2012 edition car on this list fool you. This car was able to stick around for more than twenty years and for good reason! There are four trim levels of this car: the GS, GS Sport, SE and GT. Each cut of the car has a great amount of horsepower, comfortable seats and technology for every type of buyer.
- 2013 Scion TC–~$18,725-$22,545. This new model not only has a new facelift, but also has one of the more roomy backseats of any sports car. It goes from 0-60mph in about 7-8 seconds depending on the model, so it does not fall short of any expectations! Along with it’s brilliant sporty features, this new Scion TC also does not dash the hopes of a family. This Scion model received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration award (a 5-star) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Of course a sports car isn’t the right fit for every person, but this just goes to show that you also don’t need a Bugatti Veyron Super Sports car to test the speed limits and be stylish at the same time. Each sports car has a certain je ne sais quoi about it, no matter the price point. “Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. “(Rita Rudner)