Every young driver wants a car that will make them smile; whether it’s a muscle car, a little sports car, or a hot hatchback, that first car should be cool. Luckily for car shoppers, the used car market is stocked with some pretty interesting first cars that won’t break the bank. Here are some of the cheapest cool options for first car hunters, like a retired Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor.

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Ford Mustang
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Ford Crown Victoria

Is a Volkswagen Golf GTI a cheap, cool first car?

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a storied hot hatchback and generally a good car for someone who wants affordable performance. First, the Golf GTI is practical, with an available five-door configuration. Next, the newest iterations of the hot hatchback will hit sixty in nearly five seconds and cost around $30,000.  However, buying one of the earlier generations is a solid option if you want to save a little cash on your cheap, cool first car.

cheap, cool first cars

A GTI badge | Ronny Hartmann, Getty Images

Is the Mazda MX-5 a good first car?

The Mazda MX-5 isn’t going to win you any drag races, but if you want a small, fun convertible, the MX-5 wrote the modern book. The ‘Miata’ offers different generational choices, optional manual transmissions, and fuel economy that leaves little to be desired. Even better, you can snag a preowned Miata for well under $20,000.

Should you avoid a Ford Mustang for your first car?

The Ford Mustang is a great car for people who want an affordable muscle car. They’re easy to work on, and the aftermarket offerings to upgrade your pony car are nearly endless. Furthermore, an S197 with a 4.6L V8 or later models with a 5.0L Coyote V8 makes excellent power for little money. Still, you might want to respect that power, or you’ll end up eating crowds at Cars & Coffee.

Is a Subaru Impreza a cheap, cool first car?

The Boxer-engined Subaru WRX is a great option for enthusiasts looking to build a car and join a community. With its distinctive sound and available manual transmissions, the WRX is its own driving experience. Also, you can find a 2015 example for around $20,000, maybe even less if you’re a savvy shopper.

How much does a Porsche Boxster cost?

While newer Porsche Boxsters cost over $50,000, the cars depreciate quickly, meaning you can snag a Boxster for as little as $10,000. While it may have little gremlins to deal with, they’re typically well-made, and finding a better warm-and-fuzzy from a marque’s steering wheel badge is challenging. Although, getting the baby Porsche worked on by a professional could get pricey.

cheap, cool first cars

Porsche Boxster | National Motor Museum, Getty Images

Are Ford Crown Victorias good cars?

While they might not be much to look at, Ford Crown Victorias are all over the country with an exciting prospect: Interceptor Crown Victorias with V8 engines and rear-wheel drive (RWD). If that isn’t enough to sway you, a Crown Victoria has a large, practical interior and tank-like durability. Still, lots of room for friends in your V8 RWD car, making for a pretty cool cheap first car.

The best part: Road & Track says you can find an example for as little as $2,500. However, prospective buyers should remember those police cars generally have a tough service life and often sustain damage. Still, the vehicles were body-on-frame and very simple to repair. Scroll down to the following article to read more about cheap, fast cars!

Keyword: Cheap, Cool First Cars

CAR'S NEWS RELATED

Best cars for a 'Love Bug' remake

Tennessee’s Yard Art The Thorndyke Special The Hot Rod The Hippie Van Jim’s Lamborghini Growing up, it’s safe to say my absolute favorite movie was Disney’s “The Love Bug.” As a kid living in a world before Pixar’s “Cars,” it was pretty much the best car movie. I loved ...

View more: Best cars for a 'Love Bug' remake

Audi timing belt tensioner prompts Utah bomb squad visit

An aftermarket timing belt tensioner found in a Salt Lake City apartment prompted a visit from the bomb squad this week after it was mistaken for a potential explosive device. Police partially evacuated the apartment complex in which it was found “out of an abundance of caution” and called ...

View more: Audi timing belt tensioner prompts Utah bomb squad visit

2023 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 will get more expensive

GMC Sierra HD pickups are about to get more expensive again after recently becoming more expensive, according to GM Authority. In July, GMC and Buick raised the prices on certain vehicles in their lineups anywhere from $975 to $1,675 by making the previously optional OnStar a standard feature. Next ...

View more: 2023 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 will get more expensive

Our week with EVs: Recapping the diverse collection of electric cars we tested

Mercedes-Benz EQB First Drive Review: Next electric Benz is a little different 2022 Chevy Bolt EV Road Test Review: Time to play EV, gas or airplane 2023 Genesis GV60 Road Test Review: The third of Hyundai Group’s E-GMP EVs is the fastest, but softest It may be hard to ...

View more: Our week with EVs: Recapping the diverse collection of electric cars we tested

Europe car sales lowest since 1996 after 12-month decline

BERLIN – Europe registered the lowest number of new passenger cars in the month of June this year since 1996 at just over 1.06 million vehicles, with some carmakers seeing sales drop by nearly 50%, data from Europe’s automobile association showed on Friday. Volkswagen Group was the hardest-hit major ...

View more: Europe car sales lowest since 1996 after 12-month decline

More Than Just A Carmaker: Toyota Motor PH Launches Toyota Mobility Solutions

Automotive industry leader, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) inaugurated today Toyota Mobility Solutions Philippines, Inc. (TMSPH), a wholly owned subsidiary that will be a provider of mobility-related services. TMSPH ventures into the development and offering of a range of ‘new mobility solutions’ that will enhance Toyota as a brand ...

View more: More Than Just A Carmaker: Toyota Motor PH Launches Toyota Mobility Solutions

'F1 22' feels fast and familiar | Gaming Roundup

‘F1 22’ impressions ‘Construction Simulator’ is launching Sept. 20 Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. This week in racing game news: ‘F1 22’ impressions At its core, “F1 22,” the latest installment in the F1 ...

View more: 'F1 22' feels fast and familiar | Gaming Roundup

Watch a single-engine plane crash-land on 91 Freeway in California

A single-engine Piper Cherokee airplane was forced to crash land on the 91 Freeway in California after losing power about 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles. Yes, that means this was a very busy highway, practically bursting at the seams with traffic. No, amazingly nobody died, either in the ...

View more: Watch a single-engine plane crash-land on 91 Freeway in California

Ford files 'Mustang Dark Horse' trademark application

Make adventures more comfortable with high-quality Jeep grab handles

New Lucid Air variant to debut & Stealth Look to be on display during Monetary Car Week

Chevy offers incentives to prevent Corvette Z06 flipping

Average U.S. gas price falls below $4/gallon

German court: SUV driver must pay more than a car for running red light

Australian vehicle crash tests to include underwater performance

Toyota C-HR rumored to get revamp next year and an EV version

Geely's electric Zeekr 009 is an EV Alphard we never had; 700 km, 542 PS, top speed 190 km/h

A Newey, Brawn and Anderson row that shows F1 doesn’t change

Sorry, EV buyers, you won't get to pick your own pedestrian safety sounds

There won't be enough copper to meet climate goals, study indicates

OTHER CAR NEWS

;
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network