10 Cheapest Sports Cars of 2012
That summer sun gives drivers an urge to cruise and a need for speed. Unless you're planning on driving the Grand Prix circuit at Monaco with the rest of the world's high-priced playthings, though, there's no need to drop six figures on a Maserati GranTurismo or the price of a three-bedroom house in the 'burbs on a Ferrari.
The folks at auto pricing site TrueCar see a whole lot of value in low-priced sports cars and came up with a list of the 10 least costly speedsters on the market. They may not be quite as powerful as their high-priced supercar contemporaries, but they won't burn up your savings or your gas budget quite as quickly:
10. 2012 Nissan 370Z
Average paid: $31,959
This Nissan(NSANY) is the most costly car on the list, but it's also one of the brawniest. The 3.7-liter V6 puts out 332 horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The folks at TrueCar think it looks like a Porsche from the outside, but add-ons such as aluminum pedals and a Bose audio system make it feel like a luxury vehicle on the inside as well.
9. 2012 Dodge Challenger
Average paid: $24,310
This is the first of the trio of American road-friendly sports cars that are driving Detroit's muscle car renaissance. The Challenger was rereleased in 2008 after a 25-year hiatus, but already keeps up with rivals such as the Ford(F) Mustang and Chevy(GM) Camaro. Its base V6 engine produces an impressive 305 horsepower, but its beastly 6.4-liter hemi V8 cranks out 470 horsepower. Even with all that power, it still has enough room to fit a family of four comfortably with a load of groceries in the trunk. Think about that the next time you snicker at a stick-figure family sticker in a Challenger's rear window.