Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $35,670The Scion tC isn’t especially frisky, but its aggressive styling and coupe-only body style qualify it as a sports car. A full line of TRD performance accessories, available through Toyota and Scion dealerships, can spice up the tC’s look, sound, and performance tuner-crowd expectations.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $35,795As most other open-air roadsters have moved upmarket, the Miata keeps it basic. Those who plan to enjoy the wind in their hair and have a blast without breaking speed limits will likely love this choice. Sheer simplicity is part of the MX-5 Miata's allure, and the numbers here show it.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $36,710The base Cooper is a responsive, fuel-efficient commuter, but the Cooper S has a more raucous, performance-focused character. Its affordable sticker price and impressive fuel economy help keep long-term costs low. So do low repair costs and insurance premiums, according to Vincentric.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $38,411The Eclipse has a daring appearance that looks anything but practical. Yet the four-cylinder model is very cheap to own; compared to other sporty coupes, the Eclipse costs relatively little to repair, maintain, and insure over five years. Just don't expect much of an adrenaline rush.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $39,666The Solstice has never been sensible -- it has virtually no stowage space -- but it's good looking and reasonably fun to drive. This model will be gone next year with the rest of Pontiac; and to those looking for a long-term collectible, look no further than the limited-edition Solstice Coupe.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $40,098Ford has given its pony car a slightly more svelte look for 2010, along with a host of improvements that improve the driving experience. It would probably take a Mustang enthusiast to tell the base V-6 model from the pricier V-8 GT models, yet the base models cost thousands less.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $40,404The rear-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe is an all-new affordable performance car. The turbo four makes 210 hp yet is good on gas. V-6 versions are also offered, as are Track versions for weekend racers. Resale value is projected to be quite good, and running costs should be low.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $40,598Over several decades, the GTI's formula hasn't changed: VW installs upgraded components in its conservative Rabbit (Golf) hatchback, and the result is a more exciting yet still affordable car. The GTI looks the part, too, with flashy wheels and dressed-up bodywork.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $41,495The new Camaro has been overwhelmingly popular this year, but experts don't trust its staying power; the new Camaro is expected to be worth just 27 percent of its value after five years. Other costs with the Camaro's excellent 304-hp V-6 remain low, and there's really no need for a V-8.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $45,357The Sky has more features and an upgraded interior compared to the nearly identical Pontiac Solstice, and sacrifices a lot of practicality for head-turning sports-car looks. Thanks to decent fuel economy and a relatively low insurance cost, it won't derail your budget.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $45,854From just a few paces back, the Ralliart looks a lot like the economical Lancer GTS sedan that it's based on. But its 237-hp turbocharged engine, excellent six-speed Twin Clutch automated manual transmission, all-wheel drive and host of upgrades deliver satisfying performance.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $46,203In its base SE trim, the Dodge Challenger has the same retro style and design cues as the powerful V-8 SRT8 models, but it costs half as much and you won't take as big of a blow from depreciation. Lower overall ownership costs make the V-6 the frugal pick that still looks exciting.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $47,017With an exotic rotary engine and a unique “four-door coupe” body style, the RX8 is an unlikely candidate for this list; but it's surprisingly affordable. Consider your fuel budget if you’re going to cover a lot of miles and beware the rotary engine has a heavy thirst for premium.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $48,156Subaru’s rally-inspired WRX, offered as a sedan or four-door hatchback, isn’t a sports car in the traditional sense, but to some enthusiasts it's the performance car of the decade. For 2009, the WRX got an upgraded 265-hp turbocharged engine and improved overall drivability.
Five-Year Cost Of Ownership: $52,112Nissan completely redesigned its Z sports car for 2009, giving revamped styling plus a more powerful engine and improved handling. Although the 370Z is more expensive to insure than other cars on this list, low maintenance and repair costs make it an affordable true sports car.
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