2009 Porsche BoxsterEnlarge Photo
Be shocked. Yes, the Boxster and Cayman are the winners here, but that's strictly in a pre-Great Recession mindset. Price no object usually falls in Porsche's favor, and at $50,000 just for starters, the Boxster and Cayman are easy choices in the sportscar class. Clamp down on costs, like everyone has, and you'll give a strong, hard second look at the 2010 Nissan 370Z. It's nearly the performance equal of the trans-Atlantic team, and its pedigree ripens with every well-executed Z-car that's come since the early 1970s. There's no shame in bargain hunting these days--and clearly, no letdowns when the Z is the performance bargain you choose.