Inner driving enthusiast is looking for a different car (on a budget).
Hi Everyone. This is my first post. I've been an Edmunds fan for years and I have faith that people here in the community will be able to help me.
After an exhaustive search, I bought a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT last year. I drove many, many cars but the GT was probably the best all-around car I drove. It has tons of features, is very comfortable, and seems to be reliable. The gas mileage is also very good as long as it's driven with a light foot.
However, I've come to realize that my inner driving enthusiast is having a hard time getting past the lack of power and responsiveness. I drove a 6-speed VW GTI for years and had a great time with it. I miss that feeling I had when I could go out on a drive and have the car do just what I was thinking, if you know what I mean.
I guess what I'm getting at is I'm thinking about selling my GT and getting back into a car that's geared more towards driving fun. The problem is, I know that I would lose a lot in terms of resale value with the GT. The only way I know how to get around that somewhat is to buy a used car that's a good bit cheaper than what I paid for the GT.
So, that said, what "enthusiast" used cars would you guys recommend I consider for around $17-18k? Keep in mind that I prefer smaller cars but I still want to have some utility so the Miatas and S2000's of the world are out. I also don't want to own another GTI because I didn't have too much luck in terms of reliability with the one I owned before.
Also, any other advice to help with my situation would be much appreciated. Thanks very much!