The prices of cars are going up significantly, but so are the features you get with the additional cost. Sure, there are base options for most models with a more simple design and a lower price, but where is the fun in a base model? Today, we are looking at 25 of the fastest and best cars you can get for under $50,000, which is a pretty generous amount for today's car market. So $50,000 may still be a bit of an outlandish price tag for a car to the average person, but these are the best and fastest cars that you can find around that fall near or under the 50K limit.
Some of the cars we will see are more luxurious and come from high-end names that always fetch a high price, while others are just the top of the line submodels. Either way, you can not get a car for under 50K that is faster than these 25 cars, which is pretty impressive. Even with such a big budget, considering how fast cars have gotten over the past couple of years, they even make a sports version of the Camry now.
25 Chevy Camaro SS
Of course, we had to see the mighty Camaro SS on here, as it is known for its power, aggressive style, and for a moderate price. It sells for 37,295 dollars and comes with a gigantic 6.2L V8 that pushes out 455 horses.
It is capable of going from 0-60 mph in only 4 seconds, and even clocks in at 12.3 seconds for the 1/4 mile.
This bad boy is one of the most powerful cars for the price on the market today. It is available in both manual and automatic.
24 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
The Mustang has been an iconic muscle car for decades, and you can not drive down the street without seeing at least two. But the GT350 is not just another Mustang, with an absolutely ferocious 5.2L V8 motor that gives out 526 horsepower. The GT350 sells for 47,795 dollars, which is not too bad considering the amount of power it comes with. It has a manual option as well as an automatic option that comes with launch control.
23 Mercedes AMG CLA45
To start off, we have the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45, and it has a hefty price tag of 49,500 dollars, falling just inside our criteria today. The AMG CLA45 features a 2.0L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that pushes out a very commendable 375 horsepower.
This bad boy can go from 0-60 mph in only 4.1 seconds, making it well worth the money if you are looking for speed.
It also comes with all of the luxuries one would expect from a Mercedes, from the leather interior to the up to date navigation and sound system, and it is all wrapped up in a rather sleek design.
22 Nissan 370Z Nismo
The Nissan Z series has been a fan favorite ever since it started, and the 370Z Nismo is now the talk of the town. It has a pretty large price of 45,490 dollars, but for that price, it comes with a ferocious 3.7L V6 that gives the 370Z a mighty 350 horsepower. The manual 370Z Nismo can go from 0-60 mph in only 4 seconds, while the automatic version takes around 4.5 seconds. This is the height of the Z series for now, and it comes with all the goodies anyone could want, from an amazing interior with gadgets galore to a sporty trim package that gives it a unique and aggressive look.
21 Dodge Challenger SRT 392
The Dodge Challenger needs no introduction, as it is one of the most popular muscle cars on the market today. The Challenger SRT 392 is something entirely unique though, with a Hemi 6.4L V8 engine that cranks out a jaw-dropping 485 horses and an equally stunning trim package.
The SRT 392 may not have the best fuel mileage but the power and sounds you get from that Hemi engine are worth the extra fuel stops you have to make.
The 392 has a selling price of 49,195 dollars, falling just under our 50k line. This car will definitely give you all the bang for your buck.
20 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has been blowing up ever since it came out, and it is not hard to see why with the sleek design and power it comes with. There are lower end models with less power but all the luxury, and then there is the 3.8L V6 model that delivers 348 horsepower to the wheels. The V6 model goes for 36,740 dollars, which is not too bad at all considering the luxury you expect from Hyundai and the power that V6 creates.
19 Subaru WRX STI
The Subaru WRX STI has been known in the tuner world for a while, for some good reasons and some bad ones. It comes with a turbo 2.5L Boxer motor that gives it a respectable 305 horses.
It can go from 0-60 mph in just under 5 seconds, which is not the best time ever, but it is also not too bad when you consider the car sells for only 34,695 dollars.
It also features a sleek design that is sure to turn heads, especially with a little customization.
18 Volkswagen Golf R
The Golf has long been an iconic car for Volkswagen, with its trendy design and affordability. Then, of course, there are better options with a bit of a higher price, like the R model. The Golf R goes for 38,995 dollars, making it way more affordable than our first two cars. It has a sporty turbocharged 2.0L 4 cylinder, which is very popular with smaller sports cars, that delivers 292 horsepower to the wheels, which is nothing to sneeze at. It can go from 0-60 mph in just under 5 seconds, which is not too bad considering the price and the fact that it is still a Golf.
17 Infiniti Q50S
Infiniti has been known for their unique blend of power and luxury, and for pretty luxurious prices. The Q50S will set you back 45,450 dollars, but it is well worth it for the 3.7L V6 that pushes 328 horsepower.
While the car may just look like a nice luxury vehicle, it actually has a demanding amount of power under the hood and can go from 0-60 mph in only 5.3 seconds, which is not too bad for a four-door car.
There is an AWD and RWD option, and rest assured that both come with all the commodities we expect from Infiniti.
16 Audi A7
Audi has certainly made a name for itself with sports cars, luxury sedans, and even their signature supercar, the R8. The Audi A7 falls somewhere in between, as does the price. It sells for 42,500 dollars. The A7 can go from 0-60 mph in a surprising 4.4 seconds, and it will look amazing the whole time it does it. The A7 is one of the smaller Audi models, especially compared to other family sedans, but that small size is surely the reason it has such impressive acceleration times.
15 BMW M235i
The BMW M235i is one of the smaller BMW models, but it does have a powerful 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder motor that creates an impressive 325 horsepower.
The small size and the power of the M235i let it go from 0-60 mph in only 4.4 seconds.
And of course, it also comes with all the gadgets and comfort that is to be expected from a BMW. This car sells for 46,150 dollars, and while it may leave you wanting more power it makes up for it with its sporty design.
14 Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus has always been known as a family car and a slow one at that. But then there is the Focus RS, which is a hatchback version that comes with a fresh design. It is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The new design and increased power have earned it a spot in the hearts of car enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike. The best part about it is that it comes with a price tag of only 37,000 dollars.
13 BMW 228i
The BMW 228i may not feature an M series engine like the previous BMW we covered, but it does come with a turbocharged 2.0L 4 cylinder that cranks out 240 horsepower.
While that may not be a lot of raw power, the 228i is a lighter and smaller model BMW, so it kind of balances out.
It does have a hefty price tag that may outweigh the power, selling for 33,800 dollars. This is a bit expensive considering the small amount of power, but it is still one of the fastest cars you can get for under 50k.
12 Cadillac ATS
Cadillac has been tinkering with cars over the years, with the CTS-V Coupe and now they have figured out what to make, the ATS. It is a coupe that comes with all the timeless luxury of a Cadillac as well as a 2.0L 4 cylinder that is turbocharged and creates 272 horsepower. It may not have all the power of the CTS-V Coupe, but it is more spacious and has a new sleek design to it. The ATS sells for 40,000 dollars.
11 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The Lancer is just another wannabe sporty sedan, but the Lancer Evolution has a reputation in the auto world, and for good reason.
The Evo features a sleek and powerful design as well as the 291 horsepower it creates.
It can go from 0-60 mph in only 5 seconds, making it nothing to sneeze at especially when you consider the price of only 38,00 dollars. It also comes with all the modern features we have all come to expect in our cars today.
10 Volkswagen GTI
The Volkswagen GTI is one of the cheapest cars on our list today, coming in with a sale price of only 24,995 dollars. It is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds due to its turbocharged 2.0L 4 cylinder motor that creates just over 200 horsepower. It is just fast enough and cheap enough to make it on here, and it does have a nice design to it, but that price is just unbeatable.
9 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Miata is one of those sports cars that has always been a little slow, but when they revived the Miata they also gave it a kick under the hood. Now, it features a 2.oL 4 cylinder that creates 155 horsepower, which is a decent amount of power for such a small car.
They also revamped the design on the Miata and gave it a more modern design.
It has a selling price of 24,915 dollars, a seemingly fair price for the power and style you get from the Miata.
8 Kia Optima SX Turbo
So first and foremost, we know that Kia is not known for speed or high prices, but the SX Turbo has more power than your average Kia. It comes with a turbocharged 2.0L that gives 245 horsepower to the wheels, which is nothing to sneeze at. It has a price tag of 29,940 dollars and is definitely the new favorite family-friendly sedan, with just enough power to feel it, and it is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
7 Dodge Charger SRT8
The Dodge Charger SRT8 takes us back to the most powerful cars in their price class. It has the same Hemi V8 as the SRT 392, but the Charger has a little extra weight as well as two extra doors.
This 4 door Dodge is capable of going from 0-60 mph in only 4.4 seconds, which is pretty impressive for such a heavy car.
The Dodge Charger SRT8 is a win-win if you are looking for a ride that can carry the entire family and make sure they are not late for practice. It sells for 47,445 dollars.
6 Mercedes SLK
The Mercedes SLK is a smaller model, at least by Mercedes standards. It comes with a turbo 4 cylinder that gives the SLK 201 horsepower. While that may not be a lot, the SLK is very small and lightweight and can utilize all of that power. It also comes with everything that Mercedes is known for, from the leather interior and luxurious features to a pretty high price tag. It sells for 44,000 dollars which is a bit excessive but that is the luxury car world.
5 Scion FR-S
The Scion FR-S has been wildly popular ever since it came out, with its very sporty design and affordable price. It is easy to see why these are getting so much buzz.
The FR-S comes with a 2.0L 4 cylinder that pushes 200 horsepower, which is just enough power to allow it to go from 0-60 mph in only 6.4 seconds.
It has an agreeable price of 25,305 dollars, which is one of the main reasons it has become so popular.
4 Volvo S60 R-Design
Volvo has really been re-inventing their image lately. Maybe they got tired of everyone saying their cars were so slow, which they were. But now, the new S60 R-Design has changed all of that. The R-Design has a mighty turbocharged 3.0L V6 that gives it a staggering 325 horsepower. It is capable of going from 0-60 mph in only 5 seconds, which is not too bad considering it just looks like another family sedan. It has a pretty large price, coming in at 44,000 dollars.
3 Subaru Forester XT
The Subaru Forester is a very popular family-friendly SUV that is also perfect for the weekend warrior.
The Forester XT is just for those who want that little bit of extra power, and it comes with a turbo 2.0L 4 cylinder that creates 250 horsepower that allows it to go from 0-60 mph in only 6.3 seconds.
The best thing about the Forester XT is the price, selling for only 29,195 dollars, making it one of the more affordable cars on our list today.
2 Chevy SS
The Chevy SS is a pretty interesting car, as it is basically a Chevy Malibu with a supercharged 6.2L V8 that cranks out 415 horsepower. The Chevy SS runs for 45,745 dollars, which is not terrible considering the fact that it comes with a supercharged V8 and can seat 5 people. That much power and enough room for the family, the SS is the family car for those of us that would not be caught dead in a minivan, or it can just be a sporty sedan that can hold its own on the road.
1 Jaguar F-Pace
The Jaguar F-Pace is exactly what you would expect from a Jaguar SUV. It comes with the highest price tag of the day, at 50,000 dollars.
It also comes with all the luxuries Jaguar is known for and can go from 0-60 mph in only 5.4 seconds.
It has a 3.0L V6 that cranks out 340 horsepower, which is very impressive for a crossover, especially such a roomy one. The F-Pace also has a sleek design that only Jaguar can pull off.
Sources: autotrader.com, kbb.com, afrizap.com