Now that the Toyobaru twins have arrived on our shores, it’s a good time to be an enthusiast. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ add to the multitude of enthusiast-friendly cars that can be had for under $30,000, including the Ford Mustang V-6, Hyundai Genesis coupe, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the VW GTI. So just because there isn’t enough money in the piggy bank to get a Mercedes AMG or BMW M car, these cheap thrills prove that all hope is not lost for a racy set of wheels. The hard part is deciding which one you would pick.
The 200-hp Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ can be had for $24,930 and $26,245, respectively. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, which puts out 274 hp, starts at $27,375, while the refreshed Ford Mustang V-6 cranks out 305 horses for $22,995. The decision gets even harder when you consider the Mazda Miata drop-top, the benchmark for cheap sports cars, thrown in the mix. The esteemed roadster starts at $24,245.
Don’t forget about front-drive cars like the Honda Civic Si, which can be had in two- and four-door forms for $23,145 — add $200 for the sedan. Then there’s the Volkswagen GTI that’s offered as a two- and four-door hatchback for $24,765 and $600 more for the larger variant. Then there’s the Mini Cooper S hatch, which costs $23,800.
If you had to buy a fun car under the $30,000 threshold, which of these would you park in your garage?