Have you checked your investment portfolio lately? You notice how it’s down? Not fun, is it? The last thing lots of folks want to do in these troubled economic times is to outlay a ton of cash only to face rapid depreciation the second they drive their new car off the lots. Luckily, the used market is teeming with both cars and value. We’ve put together a list of cars that are not only great values, but that drive, perform and handle great. This is Autofiends, after all. Whether you need a quick convertible, a mean old off roader or a smart and stylish family hauler, our list’s got you covered. All you need do is jump. In no particular order…
2001 Porsche Boxster
$15,000 – 20,000
The Valet’s Favorite: Pulling into the parking garage at work never filled you with an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction — until you roar in behind the wheel of this sporty, luxurious convertible. All the best of Porsche: a powerful engine pulling 217 hp and 192 lb-ft torque, plus ABS, traction control, abundant leather in the interior and a guarantee of hot jealousy on the part of your co-workers. Best handling car you’re likely to drive, too.
2006 Mini Cooper S
$18,000 – 20,000
The Little Sporty Coupe: So much more than adorable, this fun ride features decently quick acceleration, excellent handling and killer mileage. Nicely equipped with standard 5-speed transmission and cushy insides. This one never fails to draw attention from the ladies, especially when you parallel park in an impossible space.
2003 Land Rover Discovery
$16,000 – $18,0000
The Luxury Off Road Vehicle: Designed as estate vehicles, Land Rovers are known for being tough and rugged on the outside, luxurious and roomy on the inside. In this discount Disco, you can forge rivers, climb mountains, and fit right in with the other rich parents at Whole Foods. Discovery boasts a hugely powerful (and thirsty) 4.6-liter V8 and roars with 217 hp and a whopping 300 lb-ft torque, not to mention the world famous electronic stability traction control system. Disco will never die…