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Finding the best used sports and sporty cars for under $20,000


Sure your financial situation may relegate you to buying used cars with guaranteed auto financing instead of a new one, but that doesn’t mean you can’ find a sporty ride that is fun to drive.

But still, while you may be looking for a stylin’ ride to get you around town on Washington expressways, you want to make sure that you the used car you buy is a reliable one. Otherwise, all your “looking cool” will be all for naught if you can’t even drive the vehicle.

You can get a used sports car for under $20,000

If you’ve had your heart set on a less practical car that is fun to drive, you’ll find plenty of used car inventory on area auto credit center lots.

To help you narrow down your selection, we’ve dug up this list of pre-owned sports and sporty cars from 2002 – 2011 that Consumer Reports deems the most reliable, which also performed well in test drives when the vehicles were new.

Make & Model Under $10K Under $15K Under $20K
Acura RSX 2002-2004 2005-2006 -
BMW Z4 - 2003 2005
Ford Mustang (V6) 2004 2006 2009
Ford Mustang (V8) 2002-2004 2005 2006-2007
Honda Civic Si - 2006 2007-2009
Honda S2000 - 2002-2004 2005-2006
Lexus SC - - 2002-2003
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2002-2003 2004, 2006-2007 2008-2009
Mazdaspeed3 - - 2008
Mini Cooper Hatchback - - 2008, 2010
Nissan 350Z - 2003-2004 -
Porsche Boxster - - 2003
Subaru Impreza WRX/STi 2003 2005 -
Toyota Camry Solara 2002-2004 2005-2007 2008
Toyota Celica 2002-2003 - -

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