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When it comes to buying the best sports car, getting one on the cheap might not be your first priority. However, it's entirely possible to save money on a new vehicle, even if it is a sports car. A great way to do this is to find an affordable vehicle with the best gas mileage.

The money you spend on gas can make a huge impact on your wallet in the long run. You could potentially save $545 a year driving a 30 mpg vehicle versus a 20 mpg one, according to data from So if you're watching your spending, yet hoping to sacrifice as little flair as possible, check out our list of the best sports cars for gas mileage.

10. 2016 Dodge Challenger

  • Combined MPG: 23
  • City MPG: 19
  • Highway MPG: 30
  • Starting MSRP: $26,995

Standard with the Challenger SXT comes hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, 8-speed automatic transmission, power adjustable driver seat, keyless entry and more.

What the reviewers say: pointed out the spacious seating and storage space as positives, as well as its drivability on the highway, but knocked it for handling and acceleration.

Read: 21 Compact Cars With the Best Gas Mileage

9. 2017 Chevrolet Camaro

  • Combined MPG: 23
  • City MPG: 20
  • Highway MPG: 30
  • Starting MSRP: $26,305

The 2017 Camaro 1LT comes standard with 6-speed manual transmission, turbo engine, SiriusXM capability and OnStar Guidance Plan, good for six months.

What the reviewers say: gave a mixed review, noting the “smooth ride quality on the highway and in town; good value, with lots of standard equipment.” However, it also faulted the car for having small cargo space and not enough passenger room.

8. 2016 Porsche Cayman

  • Combined MPG: 24
  • City MPG: 20
  • Highway MPG: 30
  • Starting MSRP: $52,600

Take note that to get the lowest MSRP, which is still pricey, you have to get the base model with manual transmission. Still, for a Porsche, getting 24 combined mpg might be a nice way to pay yourself back for dropping so much money on one of the best cars.

What the reviewers say: Kelley Blue Book highlighted the 2016 Porsche’s mid-engine — versus a front engine — handling and style as top notch, especially for the price.

7. 2017 Audi TT

  • Combined MPG: 26
  • City MPG: 23
  • Highway MPG: 30
  • Starting MSRP: $43,500

The 2017 Audi TT comes with all-wheel drive and standard automatic transmission. Other fun and useful features include SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth capability, plus a rearview backup camera. Note that the gas mileage figures are for the 2016 Audi TT, the most recent available data.

What the reviewers say: In a review of the 2016 model, liked the engine’s power, stylish interior and technology. On the downside, the site said the car lacks adequate seating and cargo space.

6. 2016 BMW Z4

  • Combined MPG: 26
  • City MPG: 22
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Starting MSRP: $49,700

For $49,700, you get a sporty, two-door BMW Z4 with sDrive28i base trim that gets 26 combined mpg, as well as automatic transmission, power adjustable seats and universal garage door opener.

What the reviewers say: knocked the BMW Z4 for its high price tag, but otherwise had many great things to say about its engine power and fuel efficiency. It also noted that the car offers good visibility, a comfortable ride and a good amount of legroom.

Read: Is a New Car Worth It?

5. 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C

  • Combined MPG: 28
  • City MPG: 24
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Starting MSRP: $55,900

The highest-priced car on this list is the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, narrowly beating the Porsche Cayman. The base coupe trim comes with a turbocharged engine, premium aluminum wheels and manual twin clutch transmission.

What the reviewers say: KBB liked the agility and light feel of the Alfa Romeo 4C, singling out its style for praise — but not its driver or passenger comfort.

4. 2016 Scion FR-S

  • Combined MPG: 28
  • City MPG: 25
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Starting MSRP: $27,200

The 2016 Scion FR-S comes with automatic transmission — though you could save a little more money by going with a manual transmission — Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free phone calling, and convenient backup camera.

What the reviewers say: KBB admired the car's agility, but not its overall speed or power. The review notes that the car is particularly fun to drive.

3. 2016 Subaru BRZ

  • Combined MPG: 28
  • City MPG: 25
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Starting MSRP: $27,395

Because the Subaru BRZ is a sports car, it departs from the typical Subaru in that it has rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. Also, you'll have to shell out a few extra bucks to buy the more expensive, but more fuel-efficient, Limited trim.

If you try to save cash on the MSRP and choose the base Premium trim with manual transmission, your gas mileage drops from 34 to 30 highway mpg and 25 to 22 city mpg.

What the reviewers say: liked the feel and responsiveness of the steering, the excellent fuel efficiency with the automatic transmission and the comfortable seating. On the negative side, it has a small backseat and trunk, and the automatic transmission is somewhat lacking in acceleration.

2. 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

  • Combined MPG: 30
  • City MPG: 26
  • Highway MPG: 35
  • Starting MSRP: $24,995

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider gets great gas mileage and is the cheapest car on this list. The base Classica trim comes standard with 6-speed manual transmission and I4 turbo engine, though small with a displacement of 1.4L. Convenient standard features include keyless entry, push-button ignition and Bluetooth Radio.

What the reviewers say: KBB liked the 2017 Fiat Spider, in part because it marks a change from the company's Fiat 500 models. KBB liked the Spider's similarities in feel, power and driving enjoyment to the Mazda Miata.

1. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Combined MPG: 30
  • City MPG: 27
  • Highway MPG: 36
  • Starting MSRP: $26,395

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport manages to be one of the best sports cars while still being the third cheapest vehicle on this list. The Miata ranks the highest for combined mpg and comes with several great standard features, including remote keyless entry and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

What the reviewers say: KBB singled out the MX-5 Miata's quickness and nimble handling for making a fun ride, but highlighted the redesign and refined interior as the Mazda's best quality. On the downside, KBB knocked it for its limited passenger seating and lack of power.

Read: 30 Biggest Dos and Don'ts When Buying a Car

Methodology: GoBankingRates sourced the list of cars specified as compact from Car and Driver's "Best Sports Cars 2016" list and U.S. News & World Reports' "Best Sports Cars" list, and ranked the cars by combined gas mileage, which was sourced from and/or car manufactures' websites. MPGs and MSRPs are representative of base models, unless otherwise noted. The listed cars are the most recently available models as of July 2016.

Photo Disclaimer: Please note photos are for illustrative purposes only and might not feature the cars' specific trim levels.

This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.