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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:

Rank Make Model Horsepower Top Speed 0-60 mph Time Price
10 Ford Mustang GT 450 hp 168 mph 4.4 seconds $38,345
9 Kia Stinger GT-Line 300 hp 130 mph 5.3 seconds $36,590
8 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 455 hp 165 mph 4.3 seconds $36,400
7 BMW 230i Coupe 255 hp 155 mph 5.5 seconds $36,350
6 Hyundai Kona 276 hp 150 mph 5.1 seconds $34,700
5 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 181 hp 143 mph 5.7 seconds $32,650
4 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Hatchback 250 hp 134 mph 5.9 seconds $32,450
3 Volkswagen GTI 241 hp 155 mph 5.1 seconds $30,530
2 Subaru BRZ 228 hp 140 mph 6.0 seconds $28,595
1 Toyota GR86 228 hp 140 mph 6.0 seconds $27,900