The Quickest Cars You Can Buy for Less Than $30,000
Looking for cheap speed? These are 2019's quickest, cheapest cars and crossovers.
The average price of a new vehicle in the United States fluctuates, but lately it has settled between $32,000 and $36,000. To simplify things and use a nice, round number, let's just call it $30,000. For that price, you can easily find a useful vehicle or maybe one with excellent fuel economy (like a cheap hybrid!). But what if you're looking for thrills, for some speed? With advances in powertrain technologies such as turbocharging and weight-saving measures, modern cars are quicker than they've ever been. That applies even to affordable vehicles like those gathered here.
Click through to see the quickest cars that cost less than $30,000 (with destination charges included) in 2019, as judged by their zero-to-60-mph acceleration.
2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost – 5.1 seconds
Base price: $27,490
The base Ford Mustang's 310-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine contends with more mass than the Camaro's entry-level 275-hp 2.0-liter engine, which is why the two pony-car rivals tie each other in the run from zero to 60 mph. Both cars tested came with a six-speed manual transmission.