These won’t cost you an arm and a leg, which is good.
As enthusiasts, we’re always on the lookout for vehicles that offer an amazing blend of performance and usability. Yes, everyone wants a Ferrari, but when it comes to the real world there’s a reason why you don't see them on the road every day. But these cars, they're some of the best when it comes to getting usable performance for the road and, when properly modified, the track as well. Popular Mechanics came up with the majority of the list and we added some of our favorite options as well.
For usable performance at an affordable price, here’s the list of cars you should check out: Fiesta ST, Subaru WRX, Nissan 240SX, Honda Civic Si, Porsche Boxster, Dodge Neon SRT-4, Mazda Miata, Ford Mustang, Golf GTI and Chevrolet Camaro. Most of these cars can be found used in various conditions and will provide you with an endless amount of fun for a third of the price of high-end models.
The original list from Popular Mechanics sided with the BMW 330i and Toyota MR2 instead of the Ford Mustang and Golf GTI. Tell us in the comments below if you think there’s a vehicle we missed or one that should be on the list. Be sure to let us know which list you think is better, too.