Ranking the fastest sports cars you can currently buy for $20,000 used

When you think of the fastest sports cars, cars like the McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari F40, Porsche 959 and Jaguar XJ220 come to mind. These cars all have a top speed of over 190 mph and breathtaking acceleration rates. However, they also cost a fortune. You’re unlikely to see some of these cars for sale on used car websites, and even if you did, they’d still command high prices.

Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank to get a fast sports car. What’s even better, you can get these sports cars for half the price when buying used cars. If you ever feel like you need more power from your used sports car, there are options you can explore. You can choose to modify the car to increase its performance. Changes that can improve your sports car include upgrading spark plugs, switching to electric fans and using a performance exhaust system. Now get ready because we’re going to rank the fastest used sports cars you can currently buy for $20,000.

ten 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo ($11,995)

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As usual, you can count on Hyundai to produce affordable quality cars. The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is a sedan with a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine. Naturally, the Veloster Turbo has more power than the base model. The 2013 Veloster Turbo has 201 horsepower, 195 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 155 mph.

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The Hyundai Veloster is very safe and reliable. The hatchback comes with electronic brake force distribution, four-wheel ABS, traction control, and more. Although the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo has a starting price of $23,100, you can get a used model for $11,995.

9 2018 Fiat 124 Spider ($18,995)

Fiat 124 Spider 2018

Fiat 124 Spiders are not new and have been around since 1966. After ceasing production in 1985, the Italian manufacturer relaunched the 124 Spider in 2015. The design of the 2018 Fiat Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Using a 1.4-liter engine, the Spider produces 160 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.


While the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider isn’t the fastest sports car on our list, you’ll get some race car vibes once you get into it. The interior of the Spider is well designed with a minimalist design style. Sold for $18,995, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider could be yours.

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8 2012 Nissan 370Z ($19,796)

2012 Nissan 370Z
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The 2012 Nissan 370Z is a sleek two-door coupe with sculpted body panels. For the 2012 model year, Nissan upgraded the 370Z powertrain and used a 3.7-liter six-cylinder V6 engine. The result is 332 horsepower, 270 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 mph acceleration rate of 4.8 seconds.

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Nissan’s 370Z is known for its exceptional handling and grip. The 370Z also has traction control to complement its RWD system, and the manufacturer also included stability control and cruise control for added convenience. The 2012 Nissan 370Z is currently available for $19,796.

seven 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata ($11,995)

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Mazda’s MX-5 Miata is a small sports car with power to spare. The 2012 model uses a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 167 horsepower, 140 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 nph acceleration rate of 7 seconds. There’s no doubt that the new Miata models have a lot more power, but since we’re on a budget, we’ll have to make do with that.

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The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata has nimble handling and is favored on the trails. New units of the 2012 MX-5 Miata have a starting price of $31,225, but with $11,995 you can buy a used Miata.

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6 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited ($17,999)

2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

Subaru’s BRZ is a high performance version of their Impreza model. The 2013 model is well-designed with a sleek exterior and well-appointed interior. Under the hood of the sports car, Subaru installed a 2.0-liter DOHC flat-four engine that develops 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 6,400 rpm.


For infotainment, the Subaru BRZ Limited has a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen. Additionally, the front seats are reclining sports bucket seats, while there is a bench seat in the rear. Cool isn’t it? The 2013 Subaru BRZ accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and sells for $17,999.

5 1995 Nissan 300ZX ($9,899)

1995 Nissan 300ZX
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The Nissan 300ZX is a sports car from the manufacturer’s Z-car family. Nissan started manufacturing the 300ZX in 1983, and in 2000 they retired the model. Now the 300ZX is considered a classic car. The 1995 Nissan 300ZX features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission system.


With its powertrain, the 1995 300ZX produces 223 horsepower, 198 lb-ft of torque and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The JDM also has a top speed of 155 mph. Although the 300ZX is no longer in production, you can copy the 1995 model for just $9,899.

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4 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK ($19,950)

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Sarah Larson

You don’t often see a Mercedes-Benz sell for so cheap, so you might want to check that out. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK is a beautiful convertible sports car. Under its hood, the SLK has a 1.8-liter engine developing 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque.

Sarah Larson

The convertible has many standard features such as emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, speed-proportional power steering and a post-collision safety system. Instead of Mercedes-Benz’s starting price of $42,900 for the SLK, you can get a used SLK for $19,950.

3 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe ($18,490)

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features an aggressive exterior design. The coupe’s hood is sculpted and has lines running through its sides. For the interior, Hyundai opted for a precise and neat design. The seats are upholstered in fabric and the controls on the dashboard are minimal.

2016 Hyunda Genesis Coupe
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To power the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Korean automaker used a V6 engine with 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The coupe is fast and fun to drive. In 6 seconds, the coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. You can pick up the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe for $18,490 or less.

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2 2007 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe ($18,900)


Second only to the GT Premium version, the Mustang GT Deluxe trim level has almost every available feature and different levels of performance. The 2007 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe has a rugged appearance with fog lights in its grille.

2007 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe

There is an exclusive spoiler at the rear of the GT. To power this muscle car, Ford used a 4.6-liter SOHC V8 engine developing 300 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The 2007 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and is available for $18,900.

1 2003 Chevrolet Corvette ($18,999)

Greg Gjerdingen

The Chevrolet Corvette is a popular sports car with over six decades of production. Chevrolet still makes Corvettes, and the sports car is currently in its eighth generation. Our interest is the fifth generation 2003 Corvette. Designed by John Cafaro, the Chevrolet Corvette C5 features a timeless exterior design with a sloping hood.

Greg Gjerdingen

Right under the hood, the 2003 Corvette is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine developing 350 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. The Corvette has a top speed of 170 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Sold for $18,999, the 2003 Corvette could be yours.

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