10 Awesome And Affordable Used Summer Car Alternatives To The Mazda MX-5 Miata

Winter brings Christmas, but it’s also a lot of hassle for Gearheads. Be careful in winter, such as wearing snow tires, using chains, and driving carefully in snowy areas. Perhaps that’s why many car enthusiasts prefer summer for sheer driving pleasure. And that’s why there were so many great summer cars on the market. if you have or Secondhand car If it’s on the market, you can have the Mazda MX-5 Miata right at your fingertips as your answer. It’s light, it’s a convertible, it has decent power, and it’s fun to drive, especially when you’re on the bends. Miatas are abundantly available, reliable, and affordable to purchase and maintain. As such, he is one of the most popular cars on the North American market. But it’s not a perfect car. Some people don’t like the Miata personally, want an instant extra power, or want something different than the Miata. Thankfully, we have many options. Oh, and all of these summer cars are within the affordable $20,000 budget, give or take a few bucks.

10/10 Honda Del Sol

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When it comes to the combination of popularity, affordability, and reliability, the Civic is the best. But it’s more of an everyday sedan/hatchback than a summer car.

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Delsol is one of them. A Targa top 2-seater equipped with a 127-horsepower 1.6-liter engine taken from a Civic. It’s not powerful enough by itself, but with a little tweaking he can bring smiles every mile. But there are pitfalls. That said, there aren’t many Del Sols on the used car market.

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9/10 Toyota MR-2 Spider W30

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Think about the Lotus Elise, a great two-seater that will always keep you entertained. However, second-hand prices for him are well over $30,000 and can reach as high as $70,000. Now think of the MR2 W30 as a budget version of the Elise. It’s been on sale since 1984, but only his W30 series from 2000-2007 is under his $20,000.

2001 Toyota MR2 Spider

But with a 1.8-liter straight-four engine producing 138 horsepower as standard, it’s a great lightweight car. There are cars on this list that are faster than his MR2 on the racetrack, but few that are fun to drive on roads like mountain roads.

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8/10 fiat 124 spider

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Simply put, the Fiat 124 Spider is basically a Miata with a Fiat badge. The Miata and 124 Spider share the same assembly line, platform and many mechanical parts. Reliability and parts availability are therefore not an issue at all.

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In some ways, if you want a Miata that doesn’t look like a Miata (honestly, a Fiat looks cool), the 124 is an easy alternative without big compromises.

Related: 10 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Fiat 124 Spider

7/10 2015 Chevrolet Camaro

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Technically, the Camaro is a muscle car, but the convertible version could be an affordable and reliable summer car if you choose the right year and trim. The 2010-2015 5th generation Camaro strikes a balance between modern and classic muscle car styling that is maintained today.

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Whether it’s the V6-powered LT or the V8-powered SS trim, the Camaro has enough power and driving dynamics to justify its place on this list. I doubt you’ll get the highest spec ZL1 of his on your budget without serious issues, but thankfully the lower trim works well.

6/10 2015 Ford Mustang

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Every Camaro enthusiast has a Mustang owner. These two cars of his have been rivals for longer than many of us have been alive. 2015 has been one of the better years for the Mustang and a great choice for an affordable used car, and for those who dig more into his S197 from the previous generation, the 2014 Mustang is also a safe bet.

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Most 2015 Mustangs in our price range come in V6 trim. This is one of his most popular with people who aren’t so serious about every last horsepower they get from their car. Those who want to own a V8 Mustang will have better luck with his 2014 Mustang GT Premium in fifth generation.

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5/10 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350

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Mercedes is something of a wild card entry on this list. The SLK class is probably the most feature-rich car here, and the convertible’s layout makes it a perfect summer car. This isn’t even the sportiest model.


Merc comes out as a sleek, understated (albeit relatively luxurious) product. The 302 hp V6 has plenty of power, so with well-tuned suspension mods, it’s a great option! increase.

4/10 2005 Porsche Boxster

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Finding a 2008 Boxster or newer under $20,000 is at least hard. And for anything that falls into our range, the 2005 model is the best.The original 986 Boxster is great, but the 2005 looks better, performs better and has a better interior.

2001 Porsche Boxster 5-speed sports car
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One of the main reasons to consider the Boxster is the sharp handling that is plentifully available here. As reliable as the 911, the Boxster has a reputation for being less reliable. But so far the 2005 Boxster has been a good investment for the owner.

3/10 2014-15 BMW Z4

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For a car that would later share a powertrain with the revived Toyota Supra, the Z4 is a great value convertible. However, keep in mind that the accident-free 2014-15 Z4 has about 100,000 miles on the odometer if it has a price tag under $20,000.

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These can be a little hard to find within our budget, but they’ll justify the means here in the end. and has enough power to turn it sideways. It also gets a nice interior and an above-average reliability score.

RELATED: 10 Reasons Every Gearhead Should Own a BMW Z4

2/10 Honda S2000

2000 Honda S2000 Convertible

I think the Honda S2000 is one of the greatest sports cars ever made. Again, the odometer on these cars shows him over 100,000 miles, which is fine as long as the owner isn’t skipping too many scheduled maintenance days.

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The S2000 looks great, runs great, tunes and mods well, and even the stock 4-cylinder VTEC has enough power to keep things revving. Much like the Supra, Skyline and RX-7, this one is slowly becoming a victim of its success, and its price is slowly but steadily rising.

Related: 10 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Honda S2000

1/10 Nissan 370Z Roadster

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The 370Z Roadster is one of the best cars Nissan has ever built. We’re talking about the same company that supplied the Fairlady Z. Nissan developed his 370Z for the same purpose as the Miata, so I’m worried about engine handling and pepiness.

Red 370Z Roadster

One of the MX-5’s most common problems is its cramped interior. The 370Z is bigger and better suited to taller people, but somehow it’s agile and nimble. With a 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 332 horsepower, a manual transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain, the 370Z’s ride isn’t sluggish.

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