Sports cars aren't always the most powerful cars on the road, but they are stylish, nimble, and a blast to push to their limits. With demand for these fun-loving vehicles so high, some buyers are priced out of the market altogether.
Fortunately, plenty of pre-owned sports cars offer great value and fit the bill for most shoppers. Below, we explore the 10 cheapest sports cars in Canada to give you an idea where to find these performance values.
The Jetta GLI may have four doors and not look overly sporty, but driving one shows you it's a legit competitor. It boasts a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission on its way to the front wheels.
This is all reigned in by a sport-tuned suspension, a lowered ride height relative to the standard Jetta, and sticky tires.
All this performance rings in at an average asking price of $34,575.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata -- simply Miata for short -- has always been a high-performance value car. On the pre-owned market, its fun-per-dollar value remains, as you can grab a well-equipped 2020 model for around $41,175, depending on the year, kilometres, and trim, according to Canadian Black Book.
This shifty roadster comes standard with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic and out to the rear wheels.
Add in precision handling, and the two-seater 2020 MX-5 Miata is a no-brainer in affordable sports cars.
The Chevrolet Camaro is a legendary sports car in Canada, with a history that spans back decades. Today, it's not only a great performer, but it offers a strong value too, with the 2020 model ranging from $38,875 in its base 1LS trim to $61,175 for the 2SS trim.
This legendary North American sports car comes with several powertrain configurations, starting with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. There's also an optional 3.6-litre V-6 that cranks out 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque.
Opt for the LT1 or SS trim adds a potent 6.2-litre V-8 engine that injects 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque.
The 2020 Camaro comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive regardless of the powertrain.
The 2020 Subaru BRZ comes standard with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that injects 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque through a standard six-speed manual transmission and out to the rear wheels. Buyers can also opt for a six-speed automatic.
Where the BRZ really shines is in the corners, where its sport-tuned suspension and balanced weight distribution keep it planted in the twisties.
The platform-mate of the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86, also deserves a spot on the list of the cheapest sports cars in Canada.
A 2020 Toyota 86 carries an average asking price of $29,650 for the base model, making it a great value. For this cash, you get a standard with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque through a standard six-speed manual transmission and out to the rear wheels.
While it's not overly powerful, the highlight of the 86 is its impeccable handling and precision.
You can't talk about the Chevy Camaro without also mentioning the Ford Mustang. The 2020 Mustang enters our list with an average listing price of $31,365 for the base Eco model and $48,422 for the GT Premium trim.
The 2020 Ford Mustang comes standard with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. With the optional High Performance Package, this four-pot engine jumps to 330 horsepower.
Jumping into the GT models adds a 5.0-litre V-8 with 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Both engine options come standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic.
The 2020 Dodge Challenger is a fringe sports car, as it's a light blend of muscle car and sports car rolled into one retro-styled package. This rings it at an average asking price range of $38,612 for the base SXT model to $58,600 for the R/T TA trim.
The Challenger has a standard 3.6-litre V-6 engine that pumps out 303 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A bonus is this is the first car on our list with optional all-wheel drive (AWD), so it can tackle the Canadian winters too.
Optionally, the 2020 Challenger has a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 372-375 horsepower and 400-410 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. This engine comes only with rear-wheel drive (RWD).
There's also a 6.4-litre V-8 that adds even more power: 480 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. This power also heads through either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. This engine is exclusively available with RWD.
A sedan sports car? Yes, it's odd, but once you drive a 2020 Subaru WRX, you'll understand why it belongs on our list of cheapest sports cars in Canada.
The base WRX comes standard with a 2.0-litre boxer-four engine that delivers 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission with manual mode. It also comes standard with AWD.
The WRX STI picks up a 2.5-litre boxer-four engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs exclusively with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission and a performance-tuned AWD system.
The sporty Honda Civic Si has been a legendary compact performance car for many years, and the latest iteration was no exception. It also has long been a strong performance value, and this remains true with the 2018 Civic Si -- the last model year before the automaker put it on a temporary hiatus -- carrying an average asking price of $26,276 for the two-door coupe and $23,667 for the four-door sedan.
This value-loaded performance car comes standard with a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine that delivers 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a six-speed manual transmission and out to the front wheels.
The Nissan 370Z had its last run in Canada in 2018, but it remains a top-notch sports car to this day. Plus, it offers a relatively strong value with an average asking price of $32,651 for the base model.
For this cash, you get a sporty-looking rig powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine pumping out 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed automatic and out to the rear wheels.
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First, our vehicles go through a 210-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they’re in top-notch condition. Then, we add a 90-day or 6,000-km warranty for good measure. You also get a 10-day or 750-km test-own period. If you don't love your new sports car during that period, you can return it for a full refund or exchange it.