24. Mazda Miata
Ever since the first Mazda Miata rolled off the assembly line in 1989, car enthusiasts considered this model one of the best affordable midlife crisis cars. The combination of low price, lively performance, open-air driving feel and high-quality mechanics made this roadster a reliable form of transportation too.
The Miata is perfect for men who always wanted a convertible and finally got one when their kids went to college. To be honest, those buyers probably wanted of something more powerful, but the Miata is a strong compromise. The current model has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just 155 horsepower. But in a car that weighs just 2,381 pounds or 1.2 tons, it is more than enough for lively performance and exciting driving dynamics.