The 3 Best High-Performance Used Cars to Buy

December 12th, 2014 by


Sometimes you just have to shake things up a bit and have a little fun. If you’re in the market for a pre-owned high-performance car, we’ve got just the models for you.

Add a little spice to your life by checking out what’s on the lot at RI used car dealerships near you. If you run into one of these cars, you’re in for a real treat.

Heart-pumping speed paired with a reasonable price sticker? Yes please!

Mazda RX-8 (2005-2011)

2005 Mazda RX-8.
This unique model can seat four comfortably, and passengers will be in for an entertaining ride. A 1.3-liter rotary engine allows for sporty speed, and the RX-8 is extremely nimble with great handling.

Consumers review it as exciting, different, and a pleasure to drive. Plus depending on the trim level you track down, you could be looking at some enticing add-on features as well.

Many models have sunroofs, Bose audio systems, auto-dimming mirrors, heated seats, and leather upholstery, just to name a few.

Though you can definitely find an RX-8 for under $10K, this model does like to use a little more fuel than the others.

So it would be perfect if you have a short ride to work or if you’re just looking for an enjoyable second vehicle.

Chevy Cobalt SS Turbo (2008-09)


Bring it on with 260 horsepower generated by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This 5-speed manual can go from 0-60 in just over five and a half seconds.

It’s also a fairly efficient choice with a rating of 30 miles per gallon on the highway. So if you’re speed-satisfying sportster is going to be your primary vehicle, the Cobalt SS Turbo is a good choice.

And the standard package that comes with this 2-door coupe isn’t too shabby. It includes 15-inch steel wheels, OnStar, satellite radio, and an auxiliary jack.

It’s likely that you can get yourself into one of these for $10,000 or less depending on condition and mileage.

Toyota MR2 Spyder (2000-02)


The MR2 Spyder will make you feel like a rock star. People love this reincarnated sports car which held onto its roots of jazzy performance.  Many drivers even review it as the best vehicle they ever owned.

It is extremely lightweight and moves with 138 horsepower behind it, which equals a super lively ride. Put the top down and just cruise.

The well-engineered MR2 allows for confident handling, and it is certainly not lacking the style to go with its athletic attitude.

Again, you can come in well under $10,000 with this one based on the shape that it’s in. Buckle up and enjoy.