The Best Sports Cars Under 30k To Buy Used In 2021

The Best Sports Cars Under 30k To Buy Used In 2021
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It's no secret that sports cars come in all shapes and sizes, as do their price tags, which are sometimes sadly too bulky for many budgets.

One trend that's common across the board: Used models of each car on this list come with savings of up to half the cost as their new counterparts. So if you're looking to save, or to bag a model that would otherwise be out of your price range if you were to purchase it new, used is the way to go.

Better yet, Shift provides best-in-class service contracts at a reasonable price with no sales pressure. That means you get the low cost and value of a used car but also the bumper-to-bumper protection of a new car.

Drivers, start your engines. Here are the best used sports cars to buy for under $30,000.

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

A classic contender among American sports cars, the Chevrolet Camaro performs superbly and offers a wide range of engine options. From the entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower to the furious 650-horsepower supercharged V8 in the ZL1 edition, Chevrolet makes the Camaro accessible to anyone whether they're looking to splurge or save. And on that note, one of the Camaro's major advantages compared to other models on this list is its lower price tag. Available as both a hardtop and convertible, with seating for four in either version, new base model Camaros start at $25,000 or $63,000 for the peppy ZL1. Depending on the trim, used Camaros offer savings just as colossal as their horsepower, costing on average literally about half the cost of new models.

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Chevrolet Camaro

A classic contender among American sports cars, the Chevrolet Camaro performs superbly and offers a wide range of engine options. From the entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower to the furious 650-horsepower supercharged V8 in the ZL1 edition, Chevrolet makes the Camaro accessible to anyone whether they're looking to splurge or save. And on that note, one of the Camaro's major advantages compared to other models on this list is its lower price tag. Available as both a hardtop and convertible, with seating for four in either version, new base model Camaros start at $25,000 or $63,000 for the peppy ZL1. Depending on the trim, used Camaros offer savings just as colossal as their horsepower, costing on average literally about half the cost of new models.

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Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger isn't just all muscle crammed under the hood. It's a fairly sizable ride, too. Most sports cars have backseats that usually tend to be cramped, but the Dodge Challenger boasts a surprisingly roomy cabin that can comfortably seat up to five people and an enormous trunk, too. The Challenger comes with five engine options from which to choose. Base models come with a 305-horsepower V6, while the top-tier engine is a 797-horsepower supercharged V8. If the V6 doesn't give you enough umph, opt for one of the four different Hemi V8s for a more powerful performance. The Challenger doesn't cut corners as sharply as other sports cars, but it does give an overall comfortable ride. New Challengers start at $29,000 but can cost up to more than $40,000 depending on the engine option. Used models go for as little as $17,000.

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Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger isn't just all muscle crammed under the hood. It's a fairly sizable ride, too. Most sports cars have backseats that usually tend to be cramped, but the Dodge Challenger boasts a surprisingly roomy cabin that can comfortably seat up to five people and an enormous trunk, too. The Challenger comes with five engine options from which to choose. Base models come with a 305-horsepower V6, while the top-tier engine is a 797-horsepower supercharged V8. If the V6 doesn't give you enough umph, opt for one of the four different Hemi V8s for a more powerful performance. The Challenger doesn't cut corners as sharply as other sports cars, but it does give an overall comfortable ride. New Challengers start at $29,000 but can cost up to more than $40,000 depending on the engine option. Used models go for as little as $17,000.

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Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is more than just an American legend. It also happens to be one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. Since the Mustang's debut in 1965, when dealerships across the country collectively sold approximately 22,000 units on the first day alone, more than 10 million have been driven on roads around the world. Now, more than 60 years later, it continues to reign as an icon of American muscle care lore. Save for the slower, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost versions, most new Mustangs now feature 5.0-liter V-8 engines that pack a total of 460 horsepower, which launches the car from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. New 2021 EcoBoosts start at $27,155, whereas the other faster trims go for no less than $36,000. Used Mustangs with 5.0 V-8s, however, tend to hover in the low-$20,000s for 2011-2015 GT models.

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Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is more than just an American legend. It also happens to be one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. Since the Mustang's debut in 1965, when dealerships across the country collectively sold approximately 22,000 units on the first day alone, more than 10 million have been driven on roads around the world. Now, more than 60 years later, it continues to reign as an icon of American muscle care lore. Save for the slower, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost versions, most new Mustangs now feature 5.0-liter V-8 engines that pack a total of 460 horsepower, which launches the car from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. New 2021 EcoBoosts start at $27,155, whereas the other faster trims go for no less than $36,000. Used Mustangs with 5.0 V-8s, however, tend to hover in the low-$20,000s for 2011-2015 GT models.

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Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si

The playful Civic Si edition sports a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower. Adding to the fun is a six-speed manual transmission, the only gearbox available. In addition to its eager engine, the Civic Si stands apart from its more vanilla trim siblings by way of its 18-inch alloy wheels, center exhaust system, rear spoiler, racing seats and a limited-slip differential that allows for increased traction. The Civic Si takes corners like a pro, with precise and responsive handling. It's also a comfortable ride for everyday runs from point A to point B. New Si models cost about $4,000 more than your typical Civic, starting at $25,000. Used models can be found for as little as $15,000.

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Honda Civic Si

The playful Civic Si edition sports a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower. Adding to the fun is a six-speed manual transmission, the only gearbox available. In addition to its eager engine, the Civic Si stands apart from its more vanilla trim siblings by way of its 18-inch alloy wheels, center exhaust system, rear spoiler, racing seats and a limited-slip differential that allows for increased traction. The Civic Si takes corners like a pro, with precise and responsive handling. It's also a comfortable ride for everyday runs from point A to point B. New Si models cost about $4,000 more than your typical Civic, starting at $25,000. Used models can be found for as little as $15,000.

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Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster

A revvy hatchback that makes the cut of best sports cars under $30,000, the Hyundai Veloster is one that's worth spending a bit extra cash for an engine upgrade. While the base model only puts out 147 horsepower, the Veloster N six-speed manual trim is capable of a punchy 250-275. The Veloster also features a sport-tuned suspension, racing seats in the front and race-ready sticky tires with additional grip, all of which make this a toy that's ready for serious play as soon as you turn the key. The Veloster's hatchback layout equates to useful storage space, too. New Veloster base models cost just under $19,000 and used models go for as little as $9,500. New N models go for $32,000 and $29,000 used.

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Hyundai Veloster

A revvy hatchback that makes the cut of best sports cars under $30,000, the Hyundai Veloster is one that's worth spending a bit extra cash for an engine upgrade. While the base model only puts out 147 horsepower, the Veloster N six-speed manual trim is capable of a punchy 250-275. The Veloster also features a sport-tuned suspension, racing seats in the front and race-ready sticky tires with additional grip, all of which make this a toy that's ready for serious play as soon as you turn the key. The Veloster's hatchback layout equates to useful storage space, too. New Veloster base models cost just under $19,000 and used models go for as little as $9,500. New N models go for $32,000 and $29,000 used.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata

In the world of sports cars, the Mazda Miata is downright iconic. Praised as one of the best options in its class on the market for decades now, it offers well-tuned handling, a fairly sleek interior with seats for two, an attractive roadster look that car aficionados know and love and a playful 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. When purchased new, the convertible Miata starts at just shy of $27,000, while the hardtop version goes for $33,000. Used models can go for a fraction of that cost, as little as $9,000.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

In the world of sports cars, the Mazda Miata is downright iconic. Praised as one of the best options in its class on the market for decades now, it offers well-tuned handling, a fairly sleek interior with seats for two, an attractive roadster look that car aficionados know and love and a playful 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. When purchased new, the convertible Miata starts at just shy of $27,000, while the hardtop version goes for $33,000. Used models can go for a fraction of that cost, as little as $9,000.

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Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

Nissan's Z line of sports cars is nothing short of a legacy that's now more than 50 years in the making. Having first debuted in 1970, then under the Datsun name badge, the Z line has long since made its mark in the hearts of Japanese sports car fans. These days, Nissan offers the two-door, two-seat 370Z coupe – the sixth and latest of the Z family – with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 and 4.7 seconds, respectively. New 370Zs start at around $31,000, while used models vary greatly depending on model year. Early-year 370Zs are priced in the low-$20,000s, while more recent used models usually fall somewhere in the mid-$20,000s.

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Nissan 370Z

Nissan's Z line of sports cars is nothing short of a legacy that's now more than 50 years in the making. Having first debuted in 1970, then under the Datsun name badge, the Z line has long since made its mark in the hearts of Japanese sports car fans. These days, Nissan offers the two-door, two-seat 370Z coupe – the sixth and latest of the Z family – with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 and 4.7 seconds, respectively. New 370Zs start at around $31,000, while used models vary greatly depending on model year. Early-year 370Zs are priced in the low-$20,000s, while more recent used models usually fall somewhere in the mid-$20,000s.

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Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX holds firm when maneuvering corners and curves and in iffy weather conditions, too, thanks to Subaru's trademark AWD drivetrain. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes for a total of 268 horsepower is what gives the WRX its sports-car feel, and the compact sedan body style also makes for plenty of additional interior space, especially when compared to that of the typical sports car coupe. Full-size adults fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats, and with four doors getting in and out is easier than in other would-be sports cars, too. While new Subaru WRXs start at $27,500, they can cost up to more than $40,000 for higher-trim variants like the sporty STI edition. Used upper-deck WRXs, however, go for significantly less, usually in the low $20,000s.

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Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX holds firm when maneuvering corners and curves and in iffy weather conditions, too, thanks to Subaru's trademark AWD drivetrain. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes for a total of 268 horsepower is what gives the WRX its sports-car feel, and the compact sedan body style also makes for plenty of additional interior space, especially when compared to that of the typical sports car coupe. Full-size adults fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats, and with four doors getting in and out is easier than in other would-be sports cars, too. While new Subaru WRXs start at $27,500, they can cost up to more than $40,000 for higher-trim variants like the sporty STI edition. Used upper-deck WRXs, however, go for significantly less, usually in the low $20,000s.

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Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI is technically not a sports car by traditional standards, at least as far as appearances go. But it sure drives like one. A rally-race-inspired take on the Golf, the compact hatchback's performance is impressive, thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. The GTI's acceleration is surprisingly quick and responsive, whether using the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. And since it's a hatchback, the GTI is actually functional, too. Its rear cargo area is more spacious than the typical two-seater, whose back seat is usually next to nonexistent. New GTIs start at just under $30,000, whereas used models can be found for about half that much. That means you can buy a pair and make your rally racing fantasies an everyday reality.

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Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI is technically not a sports car by traditional standards, at least as far as appearances go. But it sure drives like one. A rally-race-inspired take on the Golf, the compact hatchback's performance is impressive, thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. The GTI's acceleration is surprisingly quick and responsive, whether using the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. And since it's a hatchback, the GTI is actually functional, too. Its rear cargo area is more spacious than the typical two-seater, whose back seat is usually next to nonexistent. New GTIs start at just under $30,000, whereas used models can be found for about half that much. That means you can buy a pair and make your rally racing fantasies an everyday reality.

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