If your wallet is not as hefty as your lead foot, your need for speed will likely go unfulfilled. If that is your situation, fear not for there are plenty of models on the market that won’t break the bank. Many of them are of the sporty, hatchback variety, while others are the stalwarts of muscle. The fifteen cars on this list all come with price tags under $25,000, but more than maximize the enjoyment factor due to their high performance qualities.
The common thread on this list are smaller, hatchback-sized vehicles that are high on fuel efficiency with enough power to make you think you are driving a souped-up sports car. However, not lost in the shuffle are iconic names like Camaro and Mustang that have way more to offer than their price tags may suggest. Throw in some mid-sized marvels that whip around corners as well as they spike up the speedometer, and you will find a great variety of 2014 model year vehicles that will jump off the line without emptying your wallet.
Ford Mustang – $22,510
The 2014 Mustang looks meaner than ever with a glaring gaze from its headlights. It’s still the classic American muscle car it has always been, but that does not mean you have to pay for prestige. A 3.7 liter, V6 engine with 305 horsepower comes standard at a bargain basement price for what this model has to offer. Considering that that power is on par with the Mustang’s V8 engines of year’s past, this ‘Stang is proving that it can compete in today’s fuel efficient economy. While purists will still swear by the V8 growl, no one should be ashamed of driving this model.