The affordable performance cars the CarExpert team would buy

It may seem like every car on the road today is a dual-cab ute or SUV, but there’s still a bevy of performance options under $75,000.

It’s not the 1990s anymore, so the number of sporty coupes has well and truly receded. But under that price point, there are some back-to-basics Japanese rear-drivers, a glut of hot hatches, and several sports sedans.

Are we as spoiled for choice as we were, say, 25 years ago? No, but there’s still a lot to choose from.

Below, each member of the CarExpert editorial team has shared their choice for which performance car they would buy under $75,000.

Anthony Crawford: Honda Civic Type R

That’s the no-brainer op-ed of the year. Honda Civic Type R in either Crystal Black Pearl or Championship White. At $72,600 drive-away, this is by far and away the best hot hatch ever built, thanks to a level of feedback that exceeds the current Porsche 911 CS, hands down and plenty of other expensive Euro machines.

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