The market for sports cars has changed a lot in the past 30 years. Cars have gotten more advanced and more powerful. The sports car used to be an elite group of vehicles reserved for the carefree young professional who wanted something a bit more fun. But the sports car has become more than just a weekend driver. In fact, many sports cars have developed a loyal following. From car clubs to dedicated discussion forums, there’s a whole world of cheap and affordable sports cars. The Mitsubishi Eclipse is one iconic, affordable sports car that comes to mind. Developed through a partnership with Chrysler and Mitsubishi, the Eclipse changed what defined a fun car.
Affordable sports cars have diminished somewhat in recent years. But there are still used variants that still offer a thrill to this day. Whether you want to drive up a twisty mountain road or you want to go to the race track, there’s an affordable sports car for you. Read on as we take a look at 40 of the most thrilling cheap sports cars that you can buy via Road And Track.
40: 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero
The Subaru Impreza was always a great compact car that was fun to drive. But during the mid-2000s, Saab teamed up with the Japanese automaker to dress things up a bit. The 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero is a fancier and more sporty version of the Subaru Impreza WRX. With the makings of a true Swedish road car, the 9-2X was available as a wagon or a sedan, intermingling everything that made the Impreza great. The styling is much more appealing as opposed to the bug-eyed design of the Subaru.
Because the Saab 9-2X Aero is a relatively unknown vehicle, resale prices have remained affordable. You can get a vehicle that is virtually identical to the Subaru counterpart, but often for a lot less money. The Saab 9-2X Aero is an often understated car that doesn’t have the reputation of the Impreza behind it, but if you can give up the Subaru mystique the 9-2X Aero can be a wonderful car.