The fastest cars under $30,000

(iSeeCars) – People often dream of owning a fast car. But given the price and limited utility of most sports cars, many choose to own a more practical vehicle instead. However, there are plenty of new and used sports cars that can help you live in the fast lane for less than $30,000. That’s less than the average one- to five-year-old used car, which costs $35,020.

Here are the sports cars that provide an adrenaline rush without the high price tag.

The fastest new sports cars under $30,000

These new sports cars all have starting prices below $30,000 and are ranked in ascending order of 0-60 time for their starting trim levels.

Fastest new cars under $30,000
Rank Sports car 0-60 Time Average starting price of a new car iSeeCars Quality Level
1 Ford-Mustang 5.1 $27,205 8.4
2 dodge challenger 5.3 $29,680 8.0
3 Chevy Camaro 5.4 $25,000 8.2
4 Subaru WRX 5.6 $29,105 8.4
5 Mazda MX-5 Miata 5.7 $28,315 8.4
6 Subaru BRZ 5.8 $27,995 7.8
7 Toyota GR86 6.1 $27,700
8 Volkswagen GTI 6.1 $29,545

1. Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang takes the top spot as the fastest new sports car for under $30,000. It’s also the sports car with the highest iSeeCars quality score of 8.4 out of 10 for its coupe version, and also tops our list of best sports cars. The Mustang comes standard with a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine developing 310 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Its entry-level engine in the Ford Mustang EcoBoost model can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and reaches a top speed of 121 mph. Top versions with the 5.0-liter V8 engine have even faster acceleration and higher top speeds, such as the Ford Mustang GT, which hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph . A number of performance packages are available, priced well over $30,000. Performance package boosts EcoBoost engine output to 330 horsepower and adds larger radiator, larger brakes, heavy-duty front springs, strut tower brace, larger rear stabilizer bar, rear differential with limited slip, an active exhaust, and summer tires only.

2.Dodge Challenger

An American muscle car takes second place, the Dodge Challenger two-door coupe. It is among the best sports cars on the market with an iSeeCars quality score of 8.0. The beefy Challenger comes standard with a powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine developing 303 horsepower. The base Challenger goes from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 156 mph. While the base V6 offers ample power and acceleration, higher SRT trims offer more powerful V8 engines, including a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 375 horsepower, a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower or the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 717 horsepower. . These more powerful motors can go from 0 to 60 in less than 3.5 seconds.

3.Chevrolet Camaro

The “everyone’s sports car,” the Chevrolet Camaro ranks third. The Chevy Camaro’s standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower goes from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 155 mph. More powerful engines with faster acceleration are also available, including a 3.6-liter V6 with 335 horsepower that does zero to 60 in five seconds, a 6.2-liter V8 with 355 horsepower that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds, and the more powerful 6.2-liter V8 with 650 horsepower that can go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds.

4.Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX sports sedan ranks fourth. Redesigned for 2022, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) WRX comes standard with a 271-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 258 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The base WRX model comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2022 Subaru WRX is available in five versions: base, Premium, Limited, GT and STI.

5. Mazda MX-5 Miata

Fifth place goes to the two-seater Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. The Miata can go from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds and hits a top speed of 135 mph with its soft-top convertible top. Hardtop models in RF form have a slightly slower time of 5.8 seconds. The Miata has one engine choice, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. It also offers excellent fuel economy at 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, an excellent rating for the sports car class. The Miata also comes standard with safety features including automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

6.Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ ranks sixth. After a hiatus for the 2021 model year, the BRZ reappeared in 2022 with a complete redesign. The BRZ is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine developing 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive are standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The BRZ can go from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds with its manual transmission, while the automatic transmission lags 7.0 seconds behind.

7.Toyota GR 86

The Toyota GR86, which is almost mechanically identical to the sixth-placed Subaru BRZ, ranks seventh. Just like the BRZ, the GR86 has been redesigned for the 2022 model year and has a new name after being formerly known as the Toyota 86. The Toyota GR86 and the Subaru BRZ have a few minor differences including their exterior styling, their interior materials, price, and some minor variations in suspension tuning. As such, the Toyota GR86 has a slightly slower 0-60 time at 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph.

8.Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI completes the list in eighth position. Formerly known as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Volkswagen GTI is the sportier, hatchback version of the Volkswagen Golf, and is the only version remaining in the US market after the Golf was discontinued. It has a 228 horsepower turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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All sports cars are fun to drive, but the ones at the top of the list offer a fast yet practical option for those looking for a thrilling driving experience at a reasonable price. Don’t forget to also check our guide on the best sports cars under $30,000 for additional practical sports cars as well as our accompanying listings for the fastest cars under $50,000 and the the fastest cars under $40,000.

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