I could toss a rock into traffic and likely hit a car that performs well, and this trend continues as the average price of new cars continues to skyrocket. However, finding that gem of a performance rig that not only gives you the satisfaction of a precision feel, but also fits a strict budget, can prove very challenging.
We decided to take a dive into the performance-car segment as we kick off 2016 and find those budget-friendly gems that come in under the $30,000 mark. Models that fit this niche range from tiny, open-top two-seaters with low curb weights and small engines to large coupes with 300-plus-horsepower engine.
Continue reading to see what we feel are the best performance cars of 2016 in no particular order.
1. Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ
The Sciobaru twins are perennial members of this list, and for good reason. Sure, they are not overly powerful at 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, but they do pack a hell of a lot of fun in a small, inexpensive package.
Where these two sports cars really earn their stripes are in the corners where their perfectly sized rubber patches have just enough give to deliver a delicate tail dance that so many sports car buyer want these days. When you’re done dancing with its backside, they easily pull straight again, helping even inexperienced racers get the feel of a perfect drift.