The Mazda 3 was a breakout success for the company in the 2000s. Consumers couldn’t get enough of this fun-to-drive compact car. The car prompted Mazda to introduce a performance version. The MazdaSpeed 3 came in a distinct red color and was offered with a stick shift (via Car & Driver).
The MazdaSpeed 3 is not as expensive as a lot of other sports compacts from this era currently are This means you can get a fun-to-drive car for next to nothing. The value of this car is going to gradually rise, though, as cheap, fun compacts become more scarce on the open market.
The Caliber SRT is a compact sports car that few remember. It was on the market for a short period. After the Neon was discontinued, Chrysler needed a compact sports car to fill that void. So the Caliber SRT was introduced but the boxy-shaped sports car didn’t quite click with consumers (via Car & Driver).
Sales were slow and you’ll seldom find an SRT version of the car on the road, making it an extremely rare collector’s item. The Caliber SRT was not particularly fast either, it’s just the rarity that makes the car interesting. It is still an authentic SRT model in every sense.
Dodge shocked the world when the SRT-4 was introduced. The bite-sized sports car was a far cry from the rest of the lineup. Not only did it have exciting performance, but it also came with interesting features like a built-in speaker box in the trunk. These are items that you wouldn’t expect an automaker to throw in, but Chrysler did (via Car & Driver).
The SRT-4 became a hit with people who wanted something fun but affordable. These days, the car has become a highly sought-after collector’s item because of its rarity. You’ll still find these on the market, but they have been beaten up and have a lot of mileage on them, so the price of a clean example has been steadily increasing.
The 2000s were a strange time for Mitsubishi. The Lancer was a completely new design, but the company wanted to jump on the popularity of the cheap sports car fad and the EVO hit the market. This all-wheel-drive sports car was rally-inspired and had some serious breakneck performance coupled with an attractive paint job (via Car & Driver).
The Lancer is not as popular as the Subaru WRX but is just as well-known. The car has been featured in “The Fast and the Furious” movies and there are plenty of them on the used market. The EVO is already an expensive ride, but you should be prepared to see these values double as time goes on.
The Integra Type-R is already a pricey sports car, but drivers could see those values double in the future as the Integra becomes rarer on the road. The simplistic design and the high-revving motor make the Integra Type-R a car that you can be proud to own, and it’s easy to work on yourself (via Car & Driver).
There is also a massive aftermarket community for these cars so drivers will never be far from the parts they need. The Integra is one of the most iconic cars on the road and the Type-R only adds to that. There will be a point in the future where these cars are probably going for as much as a Toyota Supra.
The original Genesis was the next evolution of the sports car for the Korean automaker, but this time it came in a two-door coupe and a sedan. The Genesis was also offered with a powerful V8 engine or a supercharged V6, both of which proved popular with consumers. The rear-wheel-drive design and the powerful engine choices were the magic formulae (via Car & Driver).
The Genesis would go on to become a great seller for Hyundai and the car became quite popular on the aftermarket as well. There’s no doubt the Genesis is going to become an instant classic. You’ll want to get your hands on one of these cars before its value starts to skyrocket.
The Azera was the first near-luxury car for Hyundai and it did everything right. The Azera was a beautiful sedan with a luxurious interior with plenty of sound dampening and enough high-quality materials to make it highly appealing (via Car & Driver).
The luxurious Hyundai sedan remained on the market for a long time although it never garnered any true sales success. But for stellar performance and luxury, you can’t go wrong with the Azera. The price is affordable enough right now that you can snag a clean example but the value will only increase in the future.
The second-generation Tiburon was a better car than the first in every way possible. The exterior styling was completely revamped and its performance was better. Under the hood, drivers got a turbocharged engine that made all the difference in the world. There was also a completely revamped interior with better quality materials (via Car & Driver).
The second generation of the Tiburon is going to rise in value as the car is already highly sought after. Drivers can’t deny the appeal of twin-turbocharged performance for the price. Likewise, its handsome exterior and relative ease that comes with obtaining add-ons and performance parts also increase the appeal of the car.
The first generation of the Tiburon was an excellent sports car considering its low price tag. The Tiburon had a lot going for it, including that the first generation of the Tiburon is a fairly unknown car, which means you can get a lot (via Car & Driver).
The first generation of the Tiburon should be a future collector’s car. The reasonable performance and the low price tag on the used market make this fun to drive and quite a unique ride. You won’t see many examples of the original Tiburon on the road anymore, which makes the car one of a kind.
Like the redesigned Eclipse coupe that came the year before, the company also redesigned the Spyder. The convertible Eclipse was originally launched in 1999 and was popular. Although convertibles have never been a major seller, there is a certain niche that enjoys them (via Car & Driver).
This generation of the Eclipse was underrated in terms of the history of the car. Many people tend to forget that these sports cars existed, but it is worth looking at. The body style was modern, and the performance was better than the previous generations of the car. This Eclipse is going to rise in value.
The 2006 Eclipse was sort of a brand rechristening for the company, as the Eclipse had grown a bit long in the tooth. What was once an exciting car had become dated and the competition was heating up. The 2006 model introduced a completely new modern design to compete with the Nissan 350Z (via Car & Driver).
The Eclipse was a groundbreaking car when it was brand new, but by the mid-2000s, the appetite for this car wasn’t the same. This generation of the Eclipse was not as functional or budget-minded as the original model. The budget-friendly price and exceptional performance made the Eclipse a great value, but by the 2000s that was all but eliminated.
The 2000 Celica was the last in a storied line and unfortunately one of the least popular Celica models. By the 2000s, consumer tastes had shifted away from compact sports cars and Toyota was attempting to appeal to a new demographic. The 2000 model was an attractive car with a lot of unique appeal to it (via Car & Driver).
But the performance was lethargic at best and the car only came in a few trim options. This generation of the Celica was a far cry from the previous generations of the car. Nevertheless, Toyota would sell the Celica until the Scion line was launched in 2004. So now this generation of the Celica is becoming much more valuable.
The final incarnation of the MR2 Spyder is a car that few car fans remember. At one point, it was one of the least popular models in the Toyota lineup. Consumers just didn’t have much interest in a two-seat sports car, and if they did, their money was going toward the Mazda Miata. But this mid-engined roadster has now become more popular (via Car & Driver).
A new generation of consumers who grew up when the MR2 Spyder was brand new can now purchase one. Thus, the nostalgia has started to increase the price of the car dramatically, and the MR2 is set to become a collector’s item. There is no denying the appeal of this car, and that appeal will only grow as time goes on.
Like the LS400, the SC400 was also over-engineered but Lexus did this on purpose. Every inch of this car was meticulously put-together and the driving experience is still great today. The SC400 is a fun-to-drive car with a lot of power under the hood thanks to a V8 engine (via Car & Driver).
The SC400 will only rise in value as time goes on, so now’s the time to get one. Most of these cars have been abused and have racked up high mileage, but you can still find clean examples from time to time.
What makes the Crossfire special? Underneath the car is completely a Mercedes SLK. This means that you’re getting Mercedes-Benz engineering for half the price. But that isn’t the only great thing about the Crossfire, as the car also managed to perform quite well in its own right (via Autoblog).
The Crossfire didn’t sell very well and most people have forgotten about it which means that you can get a great deal on one. But the value is rising, so you will want to get your hands on one soon. The Crossfire offers great performance for the price and the build quality is much better than you’d expect.
The A8 is the pinnacle of the Audi lineup and always was, but the 1990s models are special. Not only was the luxury a focal point for these cars, but they offered a great driving experience. There are very few Audi models that can compete with what the A8 brings to the table and this is a great value for a used car (via Edmunds).
The driving quality of the A8 is downright wonderful even by today’s standards, and the car rides like a cloud. There is also a large aftermarket community for this car that’s thriving, which means you can enjoy it for years to come.
The Lexus LS400 is the sole reason that we have the Lexus brand today because the car was immediately popular. Toyota over-engineered every aspect of this car, which means that even used examples still drive great. If you have never been behind the wheel of an LS400, you don’t know what you’re missing (via Car Gurus).
The car is not only reliable but drives amazingly well for the price. There are very few cars that can compete with the great build quality of the LS400. The car is just carved from butter when you take it out on the road, and the reliability is exceptional. The V8 engine is smooth, and the price is only going to increase.
The Boxster was a big thing when it hit the market because it introduced a new modern Porsche model. On top of that, the Boxster was also quite affordable for a Porsche. More people fell in love with these cars and the Boxster became a hit success for the company. What’s more, the Boxster will become the collector’s item (via Motor Trend).
When you factor in how nice the car drives and the modern interior, many collectors will want these. The Boxster had many features for the price and its lightweight design made it preferable.
The 500E was the big boy when it came to midsize luxury sedans in the 1990s. The interior was modern but it was its performance that took the car to the next level. There are very few cars that can compete with what the Mercedes-Benz 500E has to offer. That’s why the value of this car has been maintained after all this time (via Motor Trend).
As more collectors flock toward these 1990s Mercedes models, the price for a well-equipped 500E will only rise. The car had bulletproof reliability and a style that still looks good today. One of the new fads in the car world has been to rehab these older luxury cars, so time will only make the price higher.
The XJS is often a forgotten sports car as Jaguar has lost their way in recent years. But there was a time when the XJS was the pinnacle for the British automaker. The beautiful two-door coupe was also available in a convertible and the styling has held up after all these years (via Car Survey).
When you take a look at the XJS, you automatically feel the car is just elegant in every way. The styling is top-notch, and the look and feel of the car are way above what you’d expect. You won’t find another car like the XJS on the market and prices will only rise as these cars become rarer to find.
The C4 Corvette is undervalued when it comes to the Corvette lineage. This Vette has a one-of-a-kind style you just don’t see anymore. The same goes for the performance that comes from the tried-and-true LT1 motor. You still see plenty of the C4 Corvette models on the road and the price is seemingly affordable for what you get (via Car Survey).
But after the C5 becomes unattainable, the C4 is only going to rise in value and this car will take an arm and a leg to buy. You will want to get a C4 before the price skyrockets because this car is a great deal. Many special-edition models have come and gone, and the LT1 is an amazingly simple engine to work on.
The Phaeton is not your Mother in Law’s Passat, because this car was hand-built with a purpose. We’re not sure why Volkswagen decided to build the most delightful luxury car ever, but they did. The Phaeton is a Bentley in every sense of the word and many components are shared with the Bentley GT (via Top Gear).
The Phaeton was a slow-selling car and thus there isn’t a lot of them on the market. But every inch of this car was hand-built in a special factory and the amount of luxury is truly amazing. The Phaeton will become a collector’s item very soon even though you can still find one for a great price.
The Arnage was at one time the pinnacle in terms of the Bentley lineup. The car was featured in dozens of music videos and movies, and with good reason. With the popularity of new Bentley models, the Arnage has managed to come down in price, but the car still offers a compelling value (via What Car).
Not only is the Arnage draped in luxury but the car also offers a notable level of performance. For a relatively small amount of money, you can add a few modern touches to this car and have a wonderful luxury vehicle. You’ll find that the Arnage will remain steady for a few years, so now is the time to buy.
The DB7 is another sports car from a time long ago that offers great value. You’ll notice that these older Aston Martin cars still have modern styling. The DB7 is a car that still gets looked at today and the styling is timeless. Aston Martin put a lot of effort into the performance of the DB7 (via Car Survey).
This car performs like you’d expect an Aston Martin to perform with excellent off-the-line quickness. The sound that the DB7 emits is unlike anything else. There is truly a different quality of driving when you get behind the wheel of a DB7, which is why the car has remained popular.
Another well-known car from the 1990s that is fun to drive is the Mazda 929. Although the sedan didn’t sell particularly well, it offered a lot of value for the price. The car had a great engine and the drivetrain was easy to work on. The interior was also well-appointed for the time with lots of luxury features for the price (via Cars.com).
The 929 is going to get more expensive as time goes on, but that’s alright because the car is worth it. The performance and the style of the 929 make it a winning combination. The Mazda engineering from this period was top-notch and the cars were not only comfortable but also fun to drive.
The Q45 is a large sports sedan that doesn’t always get the credit that it deserves. Its beautiful styling coupled with the top-quality interior made it a great value. If you’ve ever driven one of these. then you will know right away. The Q45 is seemingly undervalued for what it is and that’s alright for buyers (via Consumer Reports).
You won’t find a better car for the price and the value will slowly rise as time goes on. This was a V8-powered sports sedan, which is hard to come by these days. The Q45 was not a great selling car for Infiniti and the car remains largely unknown when you see one for sale.
The Stealth is a car that you don’t hear about all that much, partially because it was not marketed heavily. This was a badge-engineered version of the Mitsubishi 3000GT. That is a good thing because you get twin-turbo performance and style for half the price in most cases. The Stealth is still a beautiful car to this day and comes with many great features (via Driving Line).
The Mitsubishi engineering has made the car age like fine wine and it drives very nicely. The performance of this car is on par with any of the other expensive Japanese twin-turbo-powered cars from this era. That doesn’t mean the Stealth will stay cheap forever, though, as prices for this car are already starting to rise.
The Audi S4 is another great car that has come out of the Audi lineage. The compact design is comfortable and yet contained no matter what type of road you are driving on. Added with the performance of the stellar engines and the seemingly subtle reliability, you have a car that will last and look great for years (via The Truth About Cars).
Most consumers don’t want to acknowledge the Audi S4 is a better deal than comparable BMW models. The unique look and feel of the car only add to that. You can tell the price of the S4 will only rise as more people figure out the car is a great value and still fun to drive.
The 4C is another well-known sports car that needs no introduction. It offers great driving characteristics for the price. The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the first new cars to have the legendary automakers badge on it. That doesn’t mean the car is outdated, though (via Car & Driver).
Naturally, the fact that this is a modern Alfa Romeo is going to make the price go up dramatically. The car has a beautifully sculpted interior and exterior that only makes it a pleasure to look at. The noteworthy design of the car coupled with its one-of-a-kind performance makes this a legendary offering.
Aston Martin as a brand has always maintained a strong reputation for being a great driving machine. There is also something that is sort of elegant about the cars when compared to anything else. The Vantage takes this to the next level with beautiful styling and a timeless design that still looks awesome today (via Motoring Research).
If you’ve always wanted to drive an Aston but didn’t want to spend hundreds of thousands on it, the Vantage can be a great entry-level car. The styling is still beautiful, and there were many high-end luxury features packed into the Vantage, which make it attractive for most buyers.
The A4 takes everything that’s great about the Audi lineup and puts it into a compact package. The A4 has a welcoming interior and several features that make it notable. The interior was fairly modern and the car doesn’t feel as small as it actually is, which makes it present a comfortable driving experience (via Car Gurus).
The A3 is by far one of the most notable Audi models to hit the market in a while. The older models are popular with enthusiasts and prices will increase as these cars become more sought after. You can’t go wrong with the unique styling and the one-of-a-kind design of the car. Because it’s an Audi, its performance and driving experience are top-notch.
The Audi lineup has always presented drivers with something different. There’s no other car on the road that will feel quite like an Audi does. The A6 from this generation is a bargain right now, because the price will only go up as time goes on and the car offers a great value (via New Car Test Drive).
Not only was the A6 luxurious to drive but its performance was great too. This is an Audi model so repairs can be expensive, but the consumer feedback for this car is generally positive. If you want to ride in something comfortable that offers great performance for the price, you can’t go wrong with the A6.
The 850CSI is another sports car that has piqued the interest of buyers in recent years. Once considered one of the worst BMW models because of all of its electrical faults, the car still has excellent performance. The 850CSI was indeed the BMW supercar of its generation and there’s a lot of heritage that comes with that (via Motor Trend).
If you can get one in good condition, the car offers decent performance and luxury for the price. The body style is still attractive, and the car doesn’t seem like it has aged all that much. The interior is also quite spacious, considering this is a two-door, but when you get behind the wheel, you will feel like you’re piloting a rocket.
What is it about the 525i that has made the car so popular? Well, the BMW engineering and the fact that this generation of the car came with an optional V8 engine. To get V8 power in a sedan that small in size made for a fun driving experience and collectors are starting to realize that (via Cars Guide).
All of a sudden, this generation of the BMW has become more sought after than the previous cars, and that means the price will only rise. The 525i offered a lot of luxury for the period and continues to offer a lot of advancements. The car was fun to drive and stylish at the same time while maintaining a reasonable resale value.
The original CTS-V was a breath of fresh air for the brand as it introduced Corvette power to an otherwise sedate car. The CTS-V was a hot seller for GM and managed to stay on the market for a long time. The performance of the CTS-V is still competitive today and there are many upgrades for this car (via Motor Trend).
The CTS-V model was offered in several different styles over the years but the original is still the most fun to drive. For the price you just can’t go wrong with the exceptional build quality and off-the-line performance. The CTS-V is by far one of the most exceptional sports cars in quite a while.
There was a time when the 600SL was the headliner in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and with good reason. This car was a performance beast. The build quality of the 600SL was also far ahead of its time as this car has many tech features that you still see today (via Car Gurus).
The 600SL has remained a seemingly affordable option on the used car market but you can bet that the value of these cars is only going to increase. Classic Mercedes-Benz models are becoming harder to come by and this one has a one-of-a-kind look that very few cars have.
The IS200 has long been a popular car since the early 2000s and its stellar build quality and decent performance were behind that. The IS200 was never going to win any races but that wasn’t the point of the car. Lexus had introduced the model as an entry-level offering to bring more customers into dealerships (via Consumer Reports).
That doesn’t mean that the IS200 is a bad car because with a stick shift it is quite the opposite. As with most Lexus products, the high-quality build and reliability are major selling points. As time goes on and more people want to reminisce about the 2000s, this car will only get more popular.
The Cayenne was a popular model for Porsche from the first day it hit the market. It turned out people did want a Porsche SUV after all. The Cayenne has continued to be a successful model in the lineup but original models are relatively cheap when you consider the performance the car has (via Car & Driver).
As these early 2000s examples start to become collector’s items, you’ll see the price gradually rise. But if you want something fun to drive and has some of the best performance on the road today, you can’t go wrong. The first-generation Cayenne is an under-appreciated example of fine engineering.