Best affordable sports cars of 2017 – Chicago Tribune

Cars are too expensive. The average transaction price of a new vehicle is hovering in the $34,000 range, which is actually down from the all-time record of $35,309 set in December 2016 according to Kelley Blue Book. You’ll probably get more out of a new car than a year or two of college, but still, it’s a lot of money.

We can’t blame automakers. We’re the ones opting for bigger vehicles and expecting efficient powertrains, cozy interiors, advanced safety features and some reasonable degree of connectivity.

Overlooked in our crossover-crazy times is the affordable sports car, a subsegment booming with low-slung, stick-shift whips that are fun to crack and won’t break the bank. These cars, starting under $34,000, are accessible without being overwhelming, fun without being dangerous and mature enough to be calm around town or wild wherever you may roam.

We’ve included only cars that are redesigned or refreshed for 2017 or 2018, so the excellent Chevy Camaro (redesigned in 2016), and 2018 Ford Fiesta ST, which bizarrely hasn’t been announced for North America, don’t make the cut.