18. Honda Civic Si – Buy
Honda is one of the most well-known brands in the world when it comes to reliable daily drivers. However, the company has also proven capable when it comes to producing affordable performance. The Honda Civic Si is a popular entry-level performance car for a good reason.
With a powerful and high-revving VTEC four-cylinder motor hooked up to a manual transmission, the Si is a strong contender in its segment.
While you may be tempted to look for older, cheaper models, newer examples can be surprisingly affordable, too. While it’s always a good idea to avoid buying a car that was run hard throughout its life, even those cars can still have plenty of life left in them. If you come across a clean example, you should pick it up immediately. It’s not hard to find one that’s less than 10 years old for around $10,000.