Top 10 Most Affordable Fast Cars in 2023

Top 10 Most Affordable Fast Cars in 2023 (PDF)

If you’re shopping for fun cars that offer good performance and handling, you might feel like you’re out of luck. New cars are becoming more expensive, but we’ve compiled a list of affordable performance cars that deliver thrills at affordable prices. All these models can be purchased with a performance variant that costs less than $40,000, though some can be upgraded with features and options that push them over that price.

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Because of their reasonable price points, these cars don’t have to be the fastest or quickest cars on the market. It’s fun to “drive a slow car fast,” as the saying goes, and push a car that may not offer the screaming performance of more expensive models to get the most out of it.

It’s a good idea to check out some individual review pages for each model in case you want the latest scores and information.

The Toyota GR86 was our pick for the most affordable fast car. For 2022, it received a major update that included an increase in power. Now boasting 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the car has more oomph to back up its sporty handling traits. That said, it still glides quickly along highways and breezes past other vehicles with ease. It also offers plenty of cabin comfort for taller drivers—the main area of sacrifice is the back seat space. But overall, this car is a pleasant ride. Take a look at the full list:

RankMakeModelHorsepowerTop Speed0-60 mph TimePrice
10Ford Mustang GT450 hp168 mph4.4 seconds$38,345
9Kia Stinger GT-Line300 hp130 mph5.3 seconds$36,590
8ChevroletCamaro LT1455 hp165 mph4.3 seconds$36,400
7BMW230i Coupe255 hp155 mph5.5 seconds$36,350
6HyundaiKona276 hp150 mph5.1 seconds$34,700
5Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring181 hp143 mph5.7 seconds$32,650
4Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Hatchback250 hp134 mph5.9 seconds$32,450
3VolkswagenGTI241 hp155 mph5.1 seconds$30,530
2SubaruBRZ228 hp140 mph6.0 seconds$28,595
1Toyota GR86228 hp140 mph6.0 seconds$27,900