4. Mazda MX-5 Miata -- $23,720
Mazda’s MX-5 Miata is probably the most iconic roadster ever built. It combines fun, efficiency and more importantly reliability in a compact, lightweight package. Of course it’s also rear-wheel drive and is available with a manual transmission. In the hands of a skilled driver this affordable drop-top can slice through corners with the speed and elegance of a samurai katana.