Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the fast times have to end. With used car prices finally in decline, now is a great time to pick up a sporty new car. Well, new to you anyway.

Just because it's used doesn't mean it's previous owners took even an ounce of fun out the throttle. Anyone with an enthusiasm for driving would be lucky to have these powerful cars in their driveway.

Click through to see affordable sporty models for the cost conscious car lover. All of the featured models can be had for under $15,000 (we found them using our Used Car Search tool), have relatively low miles and come with solid reliability ratings.

2005 Ford Mustang

If You Bought It New: $19,215 - $30,745
Engine: 4.0-liter V-6  
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5):

Don't let the 300 horsepower fool you, even with all that power this is a Mustang that puts you in control. A sweet transmission, shifter and appropriately stiff clutch make this car is a dream to drive. Every gear allows a wide range of acceleration with little fuss. Going 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds isn't half bad either. 

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2006 Nissan 350Z

If You Bought It New: $27,650 - $40,000
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6 
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 3.5

Think Japanese-built sports cars can't roar? Think again. The V6 engine not only gives the 350Z brilliant acceleration, but also a classic sports car rev. Sharp steering, terrific handling and excellent grip make it a real driver's car. The V6 produces a nice, linear band of torque for ultimate power and handling.

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2004 BMW 325Ci

If You Bought It New: $28,100 - $37,800
Engine: 2.5-liter I-6
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 4

The BMW 3 Series is what every sport sedan aspires to be. For not a lot of cash, you can pick up a true European sports sedan, one engineered to put you in touch with your inner driver. Even a base 3 Series will corner, accelerate and stop smoothly .

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2005 Acura TL

If You Bought It New: $33,100
Engine: 3.2-liter V6 
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 

Everything is at your finger tips in this ergonomically designed sports car. The passenger compartment is whisper quiet as the V6 engine delivers smooth acceleration and shifting. Even with 270 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque it still manages a respectable 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway. 

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2001 Chevrolet Camaro

If You Bought It New: $21,875
Engine: 5.7-liter V8
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 2.5

The dual exhaust system and V8 engine growl as it climbs up the gears. The 5.7-liter, 310-hp V8 engine makes this car one of the most powerful bangs for your buck on this list. The 2001 manages a decent 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway fuel economy, which is more than impressive for such a large engine.

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2002 Honda S2000

If You Bought It New: $32,400
Engine: 2.0-liter 240-hp I-4
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 4.5

When it was built, this little roadster's engine had more in common with competitive racing technology than consumer drivetrains. It's a super fun car to drive. It's pure Honda under the hood, going from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds and topping out at 150 mph. Its near-perfect JD Power Dependability Rating means it should last you a while, too.

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2008 Audi A4

If You Bought It New: $25,800 - $44,250
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 4

The Audi A4 is smaller than its competition, but good things often come in small packages. A turbocharged engine provides plenty of power and the responsive handling makes it a fantastic option for climbing winding roads. 

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2009 Mazda Miata

If You Bought It New: $21,750 - $28,190
Engine: 2.0-liter I-4
JD Power Dependability Rating (out of 5): 5

The Mazda Miata is one of the best selling sports cars in the class. If you are looking for bells and whistles, look elsewhere. This car does away with distractions, allowing the driver to focus on a fun, zippy, go-kart driving experience. Its 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque yields 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, but, thanks to a small, low frame it feels much quicker. And with a JD Power Dependability rating of 5 out of 5 you can enjoy this car for years to come.

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