Sports cars are expensive. However, every car loses its value when you drive it off the dealer’s lot. As such, buying a used sports car will save you money. You can now use your tax refund to make a down payment for your favorite sports car model.
Sports cars are not practical. Most people buy them for their functionality and their comfort. If you have the passion to drive one of these cars, you can pay for one with your tax refund.
Below are some of the most reliable sports cars to buy with your tax refund:
Mercedes produced the CL-Class between 2006 and 2014 as a variant of the successful S-Class sedan. The car is sporty, and the lavish coupe looks sporty in every way from the sleek styling to the nimble performance. Mercedes produced the CL 63 AMG and CL 65 AMG to feature a host of chassis enhancement features for peppier performance.
Under the hood, the CL 63 AMG sports a twin turbo V8 engine that generates 518 horses. The CL 65 AMG has a 604-horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 engine. For models newer than 2015, the CL Class is available as the S Class.
The Corvette is a luxurious sports car with a more streamlined hood. Chevrolet redesigned the car in 2005 and replaced the flip-up headlights with fixed headlights. The C6 generation lasted up to 2013 when the automaker released the C8 generation. Some of the features from the C6 model, such as the fixed headlights, are in the C8 generation. It was the C6 model that brought more luxurious features and a high-quality cabin to the Corvette.
The standard engine in the C6 model is a 6.2L V8 engine that delivers 430 horsepower. This engine pairs with Chevy’s Magnetic Rose Control suspension to create a machine that is good for speed driving as well as city driving.
The Ford Mustang looks like a vintage car. Ford released the fifth generation in 2005, which ran up to 2014. This is when the retro styling came to be. Ford bettered the model in 2010, but the vintage styling still stayed on. The car sports a 3.7L V6 engine that delivers outstanding performance. Ford produced this engine in mass numbers, and it brought 300-horsepower performance with 30 mpg fuel economy on the highway.
The Mustang GT models are more performance-oriented with a 412-horsepower 5.0L V8 from 2011 to 2012. Later, the automaker upgraded the engine to deliver 420 horsepower from 2013 and 2014. There are also special editions, each with a different engine, to offer unique performance.
The Boxster performs exemplary with its 2.7L flat-six engine that generates 265 horsepower. If you need more performance, you can go for the Boxster S, which comes with a 3.4L flat-six engine that generates 315 horsepower.
The engines pair with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission that distributes power to the rear wheels. Boxster’s cabin is driver-focused, and you can make it better with features such as heated seats, a navigation system, and a heated steering wheel.
The Camaro models from before 2000 have a more classic styling. However, Chevrolet updated the styling to make it more modern from 2010 to 2015. This modern look gave the Camaro instant success, and the Chevrolet has held on to it.
The standard engine is a 3.6L V6 that generates 304 horsepower. You can get more power from the Camaro SS, which gets a 6.2L V8 that generates 426 horsepower. In later years, Chevrolet produced the Camaro ZL1 that features a supercharged 6.2L V8 with 580 horsepower.
The Cayman has so many features in common with the Boxster. However, Porsche updated the Cayman earlier than the Boxster, and it comes with more powerful powertrains. The base engine in the original Cayman is a 275-horsepower 2.7L while the option is a 3.4L engine in the Cayman S that generates 325 horsepower. In 2015, Porsche introduced the Cayman GTS, which runs on a 3.4L engine that generates 340 horsepower. Later on, Porsche upgraded the engine to generate 385 horsepower.
Porsche 911 is a fuel-efficient model that still gives you 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The 2009 model saw the most number of improvements in the engine and cabin of the 911. With a used model, you will enjoy the rear-mounted 3.6L six-cylinder engine that generates 345 horsepower. The Carrera S comes with a 3.8L flat-6 that generates 385 horsepower while the Carrera S Powerkit raises the power to 408 horsepower. If you still need more power, you can go for the GT3 RS, which comes with a 450-horsepower engine or the Turbo, which sports a 500-horsepower engine.
The car sports a classic styling. Its cabin is full of luxury and driver assistance features. The PDK transmission makes the car driveable and traffic friendly.
The 370Z has been in production since 2009. In 2013, Nissan released an upgrade of the original generation to offer more features that continues to later years. The car runs on a 3.7L V6 engine that generates 332 horsepower. Used models come with advanced tech and innovations such as the SynchroRev Match. On models with a six-speed manual transmission, the feature offers a smooth transition.
The 370Z is a convertible car. Even used models between 2010 and 2019 come with advanced features such as cruise control, eight-way manual driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, and keyless ignition and entry.
Today, the Scion FR-S is known as Toyota 86. The FR-S model ran from 2014 to 2017. Its initials, FR-S, stand for Front-engine, Rear-Wheel drive, Sport. The car has a simple four-cylinder Boxer engine, a product of Subaru. This engine transmits power through a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual transmission. The great handling abilities make the car stand out among other cars in its category.
The U.S. News and World Report rated the 2016 model as the most affordable sports car. This makes it a great sports car option to buy with your tax refund. It offers great fuel economy, reliable safety ratings, and enough seating for four.
This is another affordable used sports car for those who want to get a sports car with their tax refund. Used models come either as hardtop or soft-top convertible options. These models will have a 2L four-cylinder engine that generates 167 horsepower. The power drops to 158 when paired with a manual transmission. Even though the car offers relatively low power, it provides nimble performance with athletic handling. It is also available with standard and sport-tuned suspension. For a sports car, the estimated EPA fuel economy of 24 mpg is high enough. Even used models from 2010 or later come with advanced features such as power windows, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, power door locks, remote keyless entry, and leather trimmed seats.
You can make a down payment for any of the above cars when you get your tax refund check.