6. Mitsubishi Eclipse
Somewhat overshadowed by the popularity of the Lancer Evolution, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is still a great sports car for budget-oriented enthusiasts. It is inexpensive, with most models changing hands well below the $20,000 limit. This is a practical sports car with a big trunk and front-wheel drive. The base engine was a bit anemic at 162 HP, so you may want the more powerful 265 HP V6.
The handling is satisfying with precise steering and good brakes. As with other Japanese cars, there are numerous aftermarket offerings, too. So, you can personalize your Eclipse and add extra horsepower for approximately $200.