Top 10 Fastest Cars Under $50,000

Top 10 Fastest Cars Under $50,000
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1. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG - 4.2 seconds

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has already done wonders for the German automaker in terms of sales, and the CLA 45 AMG model is setting a new benchmark in luxury performance. Boasting the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine, the CLA 45 AMG is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the CLA 45 AMG delivers 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Best of all, real-world testing proves that the CLA 45 AMG accelerates to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, even faster than what the German automaker advertises. You can have it all for just $48,375.

*All 0-60 times are based on independent data, not manufacturer estimates.

  • DSF

    Mitsubishi EVO X ??????

  • nurbu

    No evo wtf?????

  • Chris

    They don’t make EVOs anymore that’s probably why it’s not on the list :/

  • ian

    Ive never seen an article with such false facts. Who came up with these numbers. ..

  • Camaro Fan

    Whatever, I’ve never lost to a Rustang.

  • Alfie

    LOL. The Evo may be a great handling car, but its 0-60 is not all that fast.

  • Will

    Most of these cars are $100,000 plus in Australia

  • Honest Abe

    Sucks to be you.

  • Doc H

    Shit. I had no idea the CLA45 AMG was that fast! And it’s a frikin 4-banger!

  • Jesus Christ of Latter Day Sai

    Genesis Coupe? This list is dumb.

  • Anon

    Would never dish out 50K for that tiny Benz. Period.

  • Tiffany Mendoza

    or you can get a used sl55 amg for 30k

  • what a joke

    you obviously never drove an evo x if you dont think the 0-60 isnt fast.

    0-60, is faster than a 370 and sti.

    have fun hooking those rwd cars to get your exact 0-60 numbers.

  • blueevo

    This will come as a shock to the dealerships with Evo X’s on the lot :T

  • asicit

    My ’05 Pontiac GTO, new for $30K, will run with these cars and you can buy one with low mileage for $16K today.

  • Tony

    Yes they do

  • Tony

    2012+ evos are much faster than the 08-11 due to more aggressive factory tuning. They WILL In fact burn everything on this list, especially if your driving the GSR

  • Martin

    My ’05 GTO M6 can cut 1.80 60′ on 245 drag radials. I think I can hang with them.

  • 808hustle

    “FAST” = top speed. “QUICK” = 0-60 times. This list should be the QUICKEST cars under $50K.

  • cchelios

    One can purchase the core edition of the Charger and Challenger SRT8 at a lower MSRP than listed in your article. Fewer bells and whistles but the same performance.

  • Jim Ray

    Not to mention the Charger SRT8 SuperB is about $5,000.00 LESS than the list price of the standard SRT8 Charger they showed here. Also the SuperB is 300+ pounds LIGHTER. So, if 100 pounds is good for 1/10th like the racers claim, then the Charger SRT SuperB should have been #1 on this list not Mercedes CLA-45

  • Jim Ray

    I wondered about that too. Supposedly the Genesis Coupe has more HP than the Nissan 370Z. I saw a comparison between the 2 about 2 years ago and the Genesis Coupe R-spec won.

  • Jim Ray

    I regularly hit 0-60 in under 4.35 sec in my 2007 SRT8 Charger with no mods except a CAI and a tune. This car weighs 4200 pounds! I think I could take the new SRT8 Charger SuperB that has 50 more HP and weighs 300 pounds less and put a hurt on every car in this top ten list for under $40K

  • myviewpoint2

    Meet you at sundown my friend !!! I have heard a lot of that BS from you bow tie boys …

  • Joshua Nathanael Stallings

    We use SRT8 Models but not the Mustang Boss 302? Which by the way does it in 4.0 seconds….

  • ColumWood

    A good point. The reason we didn’t use the Boss is that’s it’s only available as a 2013 model and not technically on sale any more. (The list is only for new cars).
    We’re big fans of the Boss!

  • Shane Arnold

    No mods? Just a CAI and a tune, he says? Ugh… Those are mods genius.

  • Shane Arnold

    Dude, your car is modded. You say no mods, then go on to state you have a CAI and a tune. Those are mods, and will make your car go faster. Hate to break it to you, but your car IS MODDED!

  • Jim Ray

    Shane,I guess they didn’t teach you how to read in the 1st
    grade. I said I have no mods EXCEPT a CAI. The key word there is EXCEPT.
    Furthermore, a CAI is only good for 10 more HP at best. I guess you think that a 10 HP increase is
    going to make a 5 second 0-60 car run a 4.3 second. If I was into modifying engines for HP I
    wouldn’t even bother with a CAI. The reason I have an Air Raid CAI is that they
    have the LARGEST cone filter that accepts OIL. Oil soaked filters trap more
    dirt. The larger the filter is the SLOWER the air moves through it because of
    the LARGER surface area. This allows dirt to be TRAPPED by the oil. Of course,
    it takes a “Genius” to understand that.

  • thedog

    i can sneeze at over 2,000 miles an hour! rrt

  • jose

    what year is it?

  • intercool

    Problem is is that people don’t want to mod their brand new cars because it will most likely void the warranty (depending on the mod). A tune will 100% void the warranty with 100% of automakers, so your point is moot.

  • Jim Ray

    My car has been in for warranty repairs twice and 2 recalls. I also change my own oil. Not once has my warranty been voided due to this. I have a year left on my extended warranty and I have no fear of taking the car in for a warranty repair. Besides, the same hand held programmer that installs the tune can return the tune to stock BEFORE you take the car to the dealership……DUHHH!

  • SFBay69 .

    lol…new 5.0’s with boltons run 11’s…slowmaro owners need to open the motor or run a power adder to see those times….

  • trav

    The CLA45 AMG is 100k in Australia.

  • Nic

    All of these are 100k plus in Vietnam too, so what’s your fucking point?
    This is for American Drivers if you didn’t know.

  • Jason

    but that isn’t even the new WRX technically the old one now that the slower 2015 model is on sale.

  • chaos

    2014 subaru wrx sti 55k 0-60 mph in 4.1 sec. Stock i got mine to push grand total kinda harsh fun to drive usa

  • sean

    yea i agree the CAI didn’t come with the car MODDED

  • Brad

    I’m sorry but the WRX is simply not faster than the WRX STi in a straight line! The WRX does not hit 60 in 4.7 seconds, the WRX STi does!