You can buy a sports car in 2023 even if you can’t afford a brand-new Porsche 718 Boxster. The selection of sports cars at the lower end of the price range is now more diverse than ever, with some models providing more thrills behind the wheel than their more costly counterparts.
Some of these low-cost sports vehicles have track-ready performance and are as fuel-efficient and cargo-friendly as feasible. Here are the cheapest high-performance sports vehicles available in 2023.
The 2023 Toyota GR86 is not only beautiful to look at but also enjoyable to drive thanks to its exhilarating performance and street-ready style. Toyota will release a special edition GR86 to commemorate its tenth anniversary, which is the next trim level up from the basic, which begins at $27,900.
The 2023 GR86 is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The naturally aspirated Boxer engine is available with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The new GR86 has a multi-link rear suspension and a Torsen limited-slip differential for increased track performance.
The 2023 MX-5 Miata‘s elegant lines of Mazda’s Kodo design provide the impression of rapid motion even while at rest. A sports vehicle is meant to make driving more enjoyable and less of a burden, and Mazda does this with the 2017 MX-5 Miata’s precision steering and improved controls.
The 2023 MX-5 Miata’s price has risen slightly from last year’s, but it’s still quite affordable, beginning at $28,050. The basic Sport grade comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
The 2023 BMW 230i may be little, but it has a huge heart, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With a 0–60 mph pace of 5.5 seconds, BMW’s entry-level luxury automobile is pretty swift.
The 230i encourages aggressive driving and features a chassis that enjoys twisting and turning. Despite being a tiny coupe, the 230i’s luggage compartment is very spacious, with a capacity of 390 liters and a through-loading method enabled by the 40:20:40 folding rear seat backrest.
Some may claim that the 2023 Nissan Z is overpriced, but you can’t deny its smooth ride or the power of the spirited twin-turbo V6. The Nissan Z will be totally redesigned in 2023, but there will be plenty of throwback stylistic aspects to remind you of the classic Z’s heritage. car’s
The all-new Nissan Z is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The new Z is somewhat more expensive than the current 370Z, but when compared to the Audi TT and BMW Z4, it’s still a budget sports vehicle, beginning at $39,990.
The 2023 Subaru BRZ is one of the market’s lightest front-engine, rear-wheel-drive 2+2 production sports cars, with a starting price of $28,595. You’ll prefer it over the front-wheel-drive Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI for its razor-sharp handling and exciting ride.
The 2023 BRZ is equipped for serious driving with rapid ratio steering, track-tested suspension, a Torsen limited-slip differential, and massively bolstered sport seats. The standard Subaru Premium has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 228 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.
The 2023 Chevrolet Camaro has a striking vintage profile that muscle car fans will adore. Its amazing performance and fun-to-drive character on the track outperform many more expensive competitors. The main drawbacks are the limited rear sight and the agonizingly tiny back seat.
The entry-level 1LS is surprisingly fast and costs $26,100. It’s a little less expensive than the standard Mustang. The 1LS is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Even if the 2023 Toyota GR Supra is competitively priced, it is not in the same price range as the Toyota GR86 or the Ford Mustang, so you may wonder if the extra dollar is really worth it. To begin, Toyota finally responded to consumer requests for a manual gearbox, since all prior Supra models were equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The standard Supra 2.0 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The GR Supra is also highly efficient, having an estimated city/highway efficiency rating of 25/31 mpg.
The 2023 Ford Mustang looks terrific with its 1960s-inspired appearance, but the real deal lies behind the hood. The standard Mustang EcoBoost is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
With its superior performance and visibility over the Camaro, it is still available for about $30,000. The Mustang has a lot of cargo capacity for a performance car, with enough room for up to 12 carry-on bags.
The Subaru WRX had a major facelift last year and will be scarce in 2023. Subaru uses body armor worthy of an SUV to keep the WRX’s paint job from peeling. The 2023 WRX handles well and is fun to drive, with all-wheel drive as standard to improve traction and performance.
The WRX retains its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 2023 WRX is still quite inexpensive, with prices beginning at $29,105.
Dodge is abandoning the Challenger by the end of 2023 as it prepares for an electric future, so here is your chance to get your hands on the newest and final Challenger, which starts at $30,545. The 3.6-liter V6 engine in the basic SXT grade produces 303 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque.
If the performance of the SXT isn’t enough for you, you may upgrade to the Challengers with naturally aspirated Hemi V8 engines for a few bucks more. The Challenger twists and turns like a frenzied bull chasing a red flag. As a real muscle vehicle, the Challenger performs best on the street or drag strip rather than on the interstate.