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Top 5 Budget Sports Cars of 2013

Top 5 Budget Sports Cars of 2013

Jul 16, 2013


Almost every guy I know has, in one way or another, dreams of owning and driving his very own sports car someday. Not only does one looks bad ass on the road, it is also (1) very fun and exciting to drive and (2) very attractive to our lady friends out there. The problem, however, is that the costs of owning one would easily run in excess of $100,000, something not everyone could obviously afford. Well, worry no more as we at 9to5cars have come up with our very own list of the Top 5 Budget Sports Cars of the year according to their balance of driving fun and affordability. If you are in the market for an affordable yet sporty ride, then read on!

Mazda MX-5 Miata

When talking about budget sports, this baby has almost always been in the discussions. Although not exactly a speedster, the MX-5 Miata boasts of a high power-to-weight ratio and precision handling that sets it apart among the other pocket-friendly sports cars out there. All variants pack a 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine that is rated at 167bhp at 7,000rpm and 140lb-ft of torque at 5,000rpm. It is able to sprint from 0-60mph in a quite respectable 6.9 seconds. Mileage is great for the MX-5 Miata, with 22mpg in the city and 28mpg at the highways. The interiors are great, although a bit tight, especially the trunk space. Base model starts at $23,470.

Audi TT

Showing a bit of versatility, the 2013 Audi TT comes in two forms: as a coupe and as a convertible. Both variants pack a 2.0L turbocharged engine that is rated at 211bhp at 4,300 rpm and 258lb-ft of torque at 1,600rpm. It has an all-wheel drive configuration paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Same as the Miata, it has great mileage, averaging 23mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highways. Sprint from 0-60mph is at around 6.3 seconds, just a tad faster than the Miata. Exterior is fantastic, with a teardrop shape that is refreshingly unique with the current options that we have today. Unfortunately, the rear seats of the TT are practically useless, except for little kids. The 2013 Audi TT has an SRP of $38,60 for the base coupe model.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Quite recently, almost all of Hyundai’s offerings give the best bang-for-the-buck for every segment imaginable, and the Genesis Coupe isn’t an exception. Starting out at $24,250, the Genesis Coupe’s base model hides a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder under the hood that is capable of an impressive 274bhp at 6,000rpm and 275lb-ft at 2,000rpm. If you have more Benjamins to spare, on the other hand, the 3.8L engine could be a viable option for you, as it should be able to generate 348bhp at 6,400rpm. Either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters comes with the Coupe. Given all these muscle, the car is capable of a 5.7 second sprint from 0-60mph for the 2.0L engine, while for the 3.8L one, it is timed at 5.3 seconds. Mileage is great, while the Coupe’s handling gets generally positive reviews all over the web.

Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z packs a very stunning body that is reminiscent of the previous Z generations from the Japanese automaker. The base variant of the 370Z starts at around $32,280 and packs a 332bhp, 3.7L V6 engine much like the Infiniti G Coupe. 60mph sprint is at 5.1 seconds, with 18mpg and 25mpg mileage in the city and highway, respectively. Bad thing though, that the top-of-the-line trim Nismo burns quite a hole in the market as it retails upwards of $40,000.

Subaru BRZ

Surely not the least among the list of this year’s best budget sports cars, the Subaru BRZ is a nice-performing sports car on the budget. It has a 2.0L, 4-cylinder boxer engine that pumps out 200bhp and 151lb-ft of torque. It could be bought with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and can go from 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds. Not blazingly fast, I know, but driving the BRZ is 100% fun and easy. It also has great mileage, as with the other cars on this list, with 25mpg at the city and 34mpg on the highways. SRP of the base model of the 2013 Subaru BRZ is at $27.000.