Driving a sports car every day doesn’t have to be expensive. You might think it’s impossible to find a fun and reliable new sports car for less than $50,000. But US News recently compiled a roundup of the easiest sports cars to live with, based on reliability, passenger comfort, and performance. After combing through the list, I found that there are many things you can buy for under $50,000. Here’s everything you need to know about the best new sports cars for your money.
2023 Volkswagen GTI
At just $30,530, the 2023 VW GTI is one of the most exciting new hatchbacks. It offers the spaciousness you’ve come to expect from this body style and the quick performance of a sports car. Golf R models put out 315 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. With all-wheel drive available and his standard six-speed manual transmission, it’s hard to imagine a more practical sports car than the 2023 Volkswagen GTI.
2023 Dodge Challenger
The 2023 Dodge Challenger is one of the few American muscle cars you can still buy new. Priced at his $30,545 for the base model, this respectable everyday driver boasts good spirits and undeniable swagger. The base model SXT is V6 and AT, but rear wheels and AWD can be selected. For the sub-$50,000 price point, we recommend his R/T Scat Pack, which features a significant visual upgrade from $46,940, a 485-horsepower Hemi V8, and his 6-speed manual transmission.
2023 kia stinger
Get it while it’s still available. The Stinger had a short but impressive run as Kia Motors’ luxury sports sedan, competing with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz before ending production soon. The South Korean automaker built the Stinger with his small 2.5-liter turbo four that produces an impressive 300 horsepower and his twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that harnesses an unprecedented 368 horsepower. GT2 models get a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, variable steering ratio and adaptive suspension all for the $36,590 base price.
2022 BMW 2 Series
BMW is known for its sports sedans, but the 2 Series is a solid change of pace that delivers performance in a compact coupe. For just $35,700, you get all the flair and performance you’ve come to expect, with gorgeous features and design found only in Bimmer. The 2 Series puts out 382 horsepower with his turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine and his eight-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Audi A5
The Audi A5 is a favorite among drivers looking for a luxury car with solid performance and handsome aesthetics. The 2023 A5 comes in coupe, convertible and four-door body styles. All boast luxurious cabins and four-wheel drive. This sports car starts at $44,600 and is available in a variety of trim levels. The highest-powered RS 5 produces a whopping 444 horsepower with a twin-turbo V6.
2023 mazda 3
The cheapest sports car on this list, the commendable Mazda3 starts at just $22,550. It’s also not the most powerful, but it offers excellent handling and some fancy features found only in much more expensive vehicle classes.
The 2023 Mazda3 comes in sedan and hatchback body styles with FF as standard and AWD as an option. The fastest model has a 227 horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Sports car-minded drivers will appreciate his six-speed manual transmission, which is available in premium his hatchback trim.
Fun for less than $50,000
In the face of rising vehicle prices, you might think that getting something faster than a city car for less than $50,000 is inconceivable. But many sports cars fit that bill. If you’re looking for fun under $50,000, consider the new sports cars listed by US News.