Small and Fun, Not Big and Heavy

MAZDA MX-5 Miata

There’s no better time to think about a small, sporty roadster than in the middle of winter.

That must be why a friend asked yesterday what car I’d recommend if he’s looking for a somewhat low-maintenance, small, sporty convertible to add some fun into his otherwise mundane life. Naturally, my thinking went straight to cars like the Porsche 911 before he dropped this little factoid:

He doesn’t want to spend any more than $5,000.

My friend mentioned a Miata, a used version of which could certainly be had within the budget. But come on. What self-respecting man drives a $5,000 Miata for fun? Here are the options he should consider, even if it means plunking down a few extra bucks:

Triumph TR6


Yes, some of these cars can sell for upwards of $20,000, but some research and luck can land one much cheaper.

Honda S2000


If the decision came down to a Miata or an S2000, the Mazda wouldn’t have a chance. The Honda looks better and is much more fun to drive. It costs more, but it’s worth every dime.



This is the car I’d recommend. It’s a fun, inexpensive and good looking little roadster that’ll add that missing spark back into anyone’s life.

Porsche 914


I mention this one with some hesitation. Personally, I’d never buy one, because I don’t think it’s even remotely in the same class as a 911. For the right price, though, one could be forgiven for acquiring a 914.

Austin-Healey 3000


This is a classic car that says you enjoy class as much as you enjoy fun.

Sometimes thinking about a summer roadster is the perfect way to spend a cold winter day. To shop for a new used car, hop over to the CarGurus site and enjoy the peace of mind in knowing you’ll find some of the best deals available.

What roadster would you choose with a $5,000-$10,000 budget?


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