Mustang or Camaro? Z4 or Supra? 3 Series or C-Class? With tough competition in the sports car segment, consumers have plenty of options to choose from. But how do you know if you’re making a smart financial decision? Our partners at IntelliChoice have made the following recommendations on sports cars for 2019.
IntelliChoice analyzes five-year ownership costs, taking into consideration depreciation, maintenance, repairs, state fees, financing, fuel, and insurance. The vehicles with the lowest cost of ownership in their segment are ranked the highest.
Are you looking for the sports cars with the best value? Here are some award-winning options.
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Ford Mustang GT Coupe—Best Overall Value Performance Car
The Ford Mustang GT Coupe is one of the most iconic muscle cars in the world, and according to IntelliChoice, it also has a low cost of ownership. The five-year ownership cost is $49,460, while its five-year depreciation is $17,465. Over a five-year period, Mustang GT Coupe owners will spend $14,498 in operating costs. The Subaru WRX STI comes in second place, with a five-year ownership cost of $52,021 and a 60.46 percent retained value. Third place belongs to the Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe, which has a 51.28 percent retained value and a five-year ownership cost of $53,628.
Porsche 718 Boxster 2.5T—Best Overall Value Premium Performance Car
In the Premium Performance Car category, Porsche takes the whole podium. The Porsche 718 Boxster 2.5L Turbo got the No. 1 spot with an operating cost of $16,618 over five years and a 59.78 percent retained value. The 718 Cayman 2.5L Turbo came in second place, with drivers spending $17,769 in operating costs over five years. Its five-year cost of ownership is $67,122, and drivers will be spending about $11,075 on gas over that period. The Porsche 718 Boxster 2.0L Turbo got third place thanks to its five-year ownership cost of $57,009 and its 57.17 percent retained value, among other factors.
Porsche 911 GT3—Best Overall Value Luxury Performance Car
The brand from Stuttgart is not done yet. The Porsche 911 GT3 got first place in the Luxury Performance Car segment thanks in part to its retained value of 61.26 percent. IntelliChoice expects a five-year ownership cost of $144,189 and a five-year maintenance cost of $4,336. The Lexus LC 500h came in second place with a five-year depreciation of $51,935. Lexus’ roadster can be a blast to drive, and the hybrid powertrain makes it thrifty on gas. The LC 500h has the lowest cost to fill a tank in its category, with consumers spending about $8,032 to gas up over five years. Third place belongs to the (now discontinued) Cadillac CTS-V Sedan, with a five-year ownership cost of $88,881 and a five-year repair bill of $512.
Mini Hardtop JCW—Best Overall Value Convertible
Southern California is known for its abundance of convertibles, and consumers in the Golden State would be pleased to know that the Mini Convertible JCW comes out at the top of IntelliChoice’s list. With a five-year ownership cost of $46,104, the Mini got an Excellent rating. Its operating cost over the same period is $12,302. The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is the second vehicle on the list with a retained value of 42.94 percent. Although the Bug is living its last few months on the market, those who purchase one should expect to spend about $37,360 in ownership costs in the first five years. Mazda’s popular Miata came in third place with a five-year depreciation of $17,863. The two-seater has a five-year operating cost of $11,346.
BMW 230i—Best Overall Value Premium Convertible
If you’re in the market for a premium convertible, the BMW 230i is not only fun to drive but also brings great value. With a five-year ownership cost of $52,437, the 230i is at the top of IntelliChoice’s list in this category. The retained value for the small Bimmer is 44.45 percent. Second place belongs to the Jaguar F-Type Convertible, which has a five-year maintenance cost of $2,262. The Jag should cost about $14,084 to operate over five years. Audi’s A3 Convertible got the bronze medal on IntelliChoice’s list with a 40.97 percent retained value. Consumers should spend $2,525 in maintenance costs over the first five years.
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback—Best Overall Value Sport Coupe
Although it will soon be gone, the Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback is the current title holder in IntelliChoice’s sport coupe category. The Bug has a five-year ownership cost of $33,585, and consumers should expect to spend about $2,503 in maintenance over a five-year period. The Honda Civic Coupe and Civic Si Coupe came in second and third place, respectively. The non-performance-oriented Civic has a five-year ownership cost of $33,732 versus $34,617 for the Civic Si. Consumers should know that they will spend about $6,164 in gas in five years for the Civic Coupe and $7,559 for the Civic Si Coupe.
BMW 430i Coupe—Best Overall Value Premium Sporty Coupe
BMW’s 430i Coupe got the top spot on the Premium Sport Coupe list, thanks in part to its five-year ownership cost of $55,524. Those who buy the coupe should also consider spending about $2,333 in maintenance costs over five years. Second place belongs to the BMW 230i Coupe, as it has a 42.37 percent retained value. The small coupe has a five-year ownership cost of $47,993. The Jaguar F-Type hatch came in third place with a five-year ownership cost of $83,079, and consumers should look to spend about $2,262 in maintenance fees over five years.
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