Too often, cheap and cool don’t go together when you’re car shopping. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. Here are some of Top Gear’s picks for cheap and cool cars you can buy in the US used for a relative bargain, like the Mazda MX-5.
- Volkswagen Golf GTI
- Austin Mini
- Toyota MR2
- Lotus Elise
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
Is the Volkswagen Golf GTI a cheap and cool car?
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is synonymous with fun and practicality. Specifically, Top Gear recommends a Golf GTI MkV, which rolled off the assembly line between 2004 and 2009. Better yet, a 2008 turbocharged 2.0L hot hatch can be yours for less than $10,000.
How much does an original Mini cost?
The original Austin Mini operated on a similar formula to the famous Volkswagen Beetle, namely being a minimalist people’s car. However, there was one application where the Mini shocked and awed: racing. The little Mini stood out on both the circuit and rally stages, proving it would perform no matter where you sent it. Today, cheap and cute little cars are increasing in value, but savvy buyers can still find one for less than $20,000.
What is a Caterham?
Caterham is the last word in affordable daytime entertainment. Considering the lightweight and stripped-down styling of the little racing car, it makes for one of the best track cars available. Caterhams of almost any generation don’t make a lot of power, but they are incredibly light, which means a good power-to-weight ratio.
Is the Toyota MR2 a cheap and cool car?
The Toyota MR2 attempted to put a mid-engined sports car in the hands of a less affluent public. However, the result is a pretty cool and inexpensive little car that will put a smile on your face without breaking the bank. According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), you can pick up a 2005 Toyota MR2 in mint condition for as little as $11,000. Be sure to save some money to keep it running.
How much does a used Lotus Elise cost?
I know what you’re thinking, “Top Gear thinks a Lotus Elise is cheap and cool?” If you find the right example, it doesn’t have to destroy you. While it can cost up to $50,000 to snag a low-mileage Lotus Elise in the United States, take a moment to consider what you’re buying. For the price of a new sports car, you get a head-turning vehicle with a real racing pedigree.
Is the Mazda MX-5 a cheap and cool car?
The Mazda MX-5, often referred to as the Miata, is undeniably cheap and undeniably cool. Sure, there’s stigma surrounding the little Miata, but the fact remains that an MX-5 will do just about anything you want. If you want a track car, the Miata can deliver. If you want some weekend canyon carving, the Miata has you covered.
Better yet, you can snag an earlier model MX-5 in mint condition for just $5,000.
Honorable mention: any motorcycle
Top Gear rightly concludes that motorbikes are just cheap thrills. For well under $5,000, you can grab a sport bike, cruiser, or standard motorcycle to suit your preferences. You give up the protections of modern cars like airbags and seat belts, but you get a lifestyle in return. Scroll down to the article below to read more about cheap and cool cars!
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