If you’re interested in an excellent performance sedan, you probably know the drill: expect to pay big money to get good performance. But if you consider used models, that won’t always be true — though you’ll have to think about reliability and budget for repairs and maintenance. Still, here are five great performance sedans listed for sale on Autotrader for less than $30,000.
The "B7" generation of the Audi RS4 is the only RS4 Audi has ever offered in North America — and given the car’s rarity and its manual transmission, prices haven’t come down as much as you might think. This bright blue RS4 is offered by The Warehouse in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, with around 100,000 miles for $26,495 — a good figure for the 420-hp manual Audi sport sedan.
The "E60" BMW M5 is a special one, though it’s also known for reliability issues — so if you buy one, be sure to set aside some money for reliability modifications. This particular example is highly desirable, as it comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, and it’s finished in BMW’s gorgeous Interlagos Blue with a Silverstone interior. It’s offered by Gogel Auto Sales in New Jersey for $29,995.
The Chevrolet SS is a highly desirable sport sedan, touting an excellent driving experience, a responsive V8 engine, and good technology for a reasonable price that’s getting more reasonable by the day. This particular SS is an automatic, though manual models are available — and it’s offered by Patrick Cadillac Volvo in the Chicago area with 59,000 miles for just $27,985. Even though the SS is a largely unknown sport sedan, it’s still a desirable one — and it’s more reliable than its European counterparts.
The Lexus IS-F was Lexus’s high-powered sport sedan response to cars like the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. The IS-F is much rarer than those models, and reliability is likely a step above — and it touts an impressive 416-horsepower V8 that provides good grunt, along with flared fenders and other distinctive styling cues. This IS-F is a 2008 model, offered with 65,000 miles by Woodfield Lexus in the Chicago area for $27,277.
The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is Mercedes-Benz’s answer to the BMW M5 — and this particular model was the very last of the naturally-aspirated V8 versions of the car, with a big 6.2-liter V8 for brawny performance. This E63 has traveled 78,000 miles, and it’s offered by a private seller in Yorba Linda, California, in Orange County, for $28,000.