Many enjoy the idea of having a luxury sports car, but many cannot afford the high price tag. However, it is hoped that you can get that luxury sports car you have always dreamed of at an affordable price. According American News, some of the best used luxury sports cars are all Porsche models. And they cost less than $30,000.
These rankings are based on contemporary reviews, crash scores, and reliability ratings. These cars received the highest ratings for performance, interior, and reliability, putting them at the top.
2014 Porsche Boxster
The 2014 Porsche Boxster sits near the top of US News’ sports car rankings due to its excellent handling and performance. It also offers a well-styled and appointed interior, functionality and decent fuel economy. But what sets it apart from other luxury sports cars is its reasonable cost of ownership and exceptional reliability.
Two flat-six engines deliver excellent performance and fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway. The base model develops 265 hp, while the S gets an additional 50 hp for a total of 315 hp. Both engines can be equipped with a precise six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Boxter has one of the best combinations of ride and handling of any sports car, thanks to its mid-engined layout. Prices range from approximately $41,000 to $51,000 depending on trim level, features, mileage and condition.
2012 Porsche Boxster
According American Newsthe Porsche Boxster was all-new for 2012, ranking just behind the 2014 Boxster. It scores high based on an evaluation of 22 pieces of data that the company uses from various sources.
Like the 2014 Boxster, the 2012 model comes with a choice of six-cylinder engines and either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK automated manual. The PDK transmission is virtually faultless, offering lightning-fast gear changes and perfectly matched to the flat-six engine.
The cabin is well laid out and has large, easy-to-read instruments. Comfortable, supportive seats and premium interior materials make the Boxster a great place to live. Complaints are relatively minor but center around wind noise and poor quality from the standard four-speaker stereo. A used 2012 Boxster costs between $24,000 and $36,000, depending on options.
2012 Porsche Cayman
For those who prefer a coupe alternative to the Boxster, Porsche has you covered with the 2012 Cayman. It sits just behind the 2012 Boxster in American News‘ and offers a quieter ride and a bit more cargo space, up to 14.5 cu. ft. total.
The Cayman shares all the good bits of the Boxster, including well-appointed engines, transmissions and interiors. It shares Boxster performance with quick acceleration and excellent, well-balanced ride and handling. It also shares fuel economy numbers with EPA ratings of 20 mpg city and up to 29 mpg highway, among the best in the sports car category.
The downsides are also similar to the Boxter, with limited standard features and a smaller interior than some of its competitors. Prices are also comparable, varying between $25,000 and $34,000.
Should you buy a used Porsche Boxster or Cayman for your next used luxury sports car?
If you like sports cars, very few things match a two-lane road. The sound of the engine, precise gear changes, communicative steering and handling that dances through all the dips and curves. It’s not about raw power or top speed. It’s about balance and poise and the feel of the car working with you. Few modern cars do it as well as the Porsche Boxster and Cayman.
There are faster cars. More spacious cars with bigger trunks and more cup holders. Cars that are more luxurious, or less expensive, or that consume less fuel. But as a sports car doing sports car things, it’s hard to go wrong with a used Boxster or Cayman.
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