Reliable Used Sports Cars for Under $25,000

For spirited drives or cruising, these reliable coupes, sedans, and roadsters are good choices

2016 Audi A5
2016 Audi A5

A good sports car can make nearly any drive more enjoyable, whether it's carving up winding roads or just cruising along. But a breakdown can quickly turn that enjoyment into frustration.

While most of today's sports cars can deliver the fun without the worry about being stranded on the side of the road, there are still cars and model years that aren't as reliable as others.

That's why we mined our road-test and survey data to come up with a list of the best used sports cars. First, we looked at the results from our most recent Annual Auto Survey, in which owners told us how well their cars have held up. From this data we're able to predict the reliability for each model year.

After that, we cross-referenced those results with our road-test data to find the top-performing models. Finally, we broke them into three price categories to help meet different budget needs. The results include European sports sedans and coupes, hard-core muscle cars, and nimble roadsters. There's something for every buyer.

We included data and a profile for each generation of car that meets our criteria. If a generation is repeated in different price categories, we included it as another option to consider. They're all ordered alphabetically by manufacturer.


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