Top 5 Affordable but Fast Cars

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Fast but affordable cars At FindCarsUnder.com we get the following question quite a bit.
"What are some affordable but fast cars I should consider buying?"
As the industry would have it there are quite a few fast cars at reasonable prices aimed towards people with the need for speed who are on a budget. The cars are listed by price from least to most expensive.

The following list is a collection of cars bought on this site. More of our customers searching for "cheap but fast cars" chose the following 5 vehicles more than any other for reasons of speed, engine and price. If you're looking for fast and affordable used cars this is a good place to start.
 

Top 5 Affordable Fast Cars by Price

(Click on the models below to view vehicle specifications)
  1. Fiat 500
  2. Mazda 3
  3. Chevy Camaro
  4. Volkswagen GTI
  5. Subaru Impreza Sedan WR
Fiat 500
 
Fiat 500
 
Engine 0-60 Time Crash Rating MSRP
1.2 liter 9.7 seconds N/A $16,000
 
The Fiat 500 is the 1st and most affordable fan favorite fast vehicle. Is it any wonder you see a lot of Fiat 500 cars on the road? This vehicle touts impressive cabin space while maintaining it's diminutive size. It doesn't have the 0-60 time that some of the other featured vehicles, but it makes up for it in price and MPG. The 500 gets 31 MPG City and 40 MPG highway. The bas model featured in the image above is the cheaper Pop model. The most expensive model of Fiat is the Fiat Abarth and it only commands an MSRP price of $22,000.
 
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Mazda 3
 
Mazda 3
 
Engine 0-60 Time Crash Rating MSRP
2.3 liter 7.4 seconds ★★★★ $16,700
 
Coming in a close 2nd price-wise is the Mazda 3 starting MSRP $16,700. It's sporty design and 2.3 liter engine is 2.3 seconds faster than the Fiat in a 0-60 time test. This vehicle while speedy gets a hearty 28 MPG City and 40 MPG highway proving that you can drive a fast car and still save money at the pump. The Mazda 3 comes in either automatic or manual if you were curious. For my money I would go for the manual over automatic. This is a fun car to really drive.
 
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Chevrolet Camaro
 
Chevrolet Camaro
 
Engine 0-60 Time Crash Rating MSRP
6.2 liter 4.14 seconds ★★★★★ $23,345
 
Coming in at number 3 for price is the ever popular Chevy Camaro. This car known for it's speed has been rolling off the assembly line since 1967. While the Camaro doesn't get nearly the gas mileage that the Mazda 3 or Fiat 500 get, but it meets the criteria. It's fast and reasonably priced and is a favorite of our customers. It gets 18mpg City and 28 Highway and has an impressive 5 star crash test rating. So it's faster, but it's also safer.
 
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Volkswagen GTI
 
Volkswagen GTI
 
Engine 0-60 Time Crash Rating MSRP
2 liter 6.3 seconds ★★★★ $23,995
 
The #4 fast car by price is the Volkswagen GTI MSRP $23,995. The GTI is comparable to the Mazda 3, but comes in over $7000 dollars more for this German engineered vehicle. You'll appreciate a fuel economy of 24 City and 33 Highway. It has a 2 liter engine while the Mazda 3 has a 2.3 liter engine and only has a difference of 1.1 seconds in a 0-60 driving test.
 
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Subaru Impreza Sedan WR
 
Subaru Impreza Sedan WR
 
Engine 0-60 Time Crash Rating MSRP
2.5 liter 4.7 seconds ★★★★ $25,795
 
The Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX is last, but not least in our list of affordable fast vehicles. It's the most expensive fast car we have listed and comes with a 2.5 liter engine which is not nearly the size as the Camaro with a 6.2 liter engine. Though the engine is smaller it does have an impressive 0-60 speed time of 4.7 seconds falling just short of the Camaro. The Impreza gets 17MPG City and 25MPG Highway.
 
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We hope you enjoyed or at least gained some insight on a good fast vehicle to purchase. These our recent customer favorites. Chances are if these models are popular with our customers there's likely something here that would interest the speed demon within you.
 
 
 
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