We've been linking to YouTube video reviews of some of the cars that are being considered for our Fun Car Shopping challenge.
These aren't the only cars in contention for -our- hard earned dollars, but give you an idea what you can get into for significantly under the 30k average new car price.
For instance, we have seen one example of a Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe for $22k...for a car that was build in very limited numbers and could be considered a future classic (potential a down-side if you plan to really drive a car from this list).
On the more expensive side of the spectrum, you can get into a real track warrior like the Lotus Elise for mid-20k money. Just plan to have access to another, less hard edged, car for longer drives.
In between there are cars like the perennial Mazda MX-5 (offered in both soft and hard-top in the newer models) for high-teens money. Honda's S2000 is available in our target price-range and has a bit more room than the Mazda and is a bit sportier still.
So, in the coming weeks, we will be trying to get seat time in some of these models and write more in-depth reviews to help identify each model's strengths and weaknesses.
Enjoy the ride.