Top 10 Performance Cars Under $30,000

Top 10 Performance Cars Under $30,000

Frugal Fun

As the old adage goes, speed costs money and your velocity is directly proportional to the size of your bank account. Going fast usually ain’t cheap.

But fret not if you’ve got a thing for speed and are of modest means. Automakers are providing more fleet yet affordable vehicles than ever before. And these modern performance machines are hardly one-trick ponies; many of them handle and look every bit as good as they accelerate.

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You don’t have to bury yourself chin-deep in debt just to enjoy some brisk acceleration. Here are 10 speedy cars that can be had for less than 30 grand.

  • Jamal

    I’ll take that new Stang… it looks badass!

  • craigcole

    I agree. And the EcoBoost model wowed me during our Car of the Year testing. Sure, it’s no GT with a screaming five-point-oh but it’s still PLENTY quick and pretty damn efficient.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    I’d take the Scion FR-S… Again.

  • Santos

    I’d rather get the BRZ, its the better car. Faster too.

  • Kaahk

    I like the Genesis but that Stang is nice and Im thinking the focus is good on gas too even with though it has the power.. Too many decisions 🙂

  • weasel

    where is the veloster turbo ?

  • GTfrank

    Power seems to be king on this list. I would take out the Focus ST, and Camaro and Add the Fiesta ST, FRS/BRZ and MX5. It is a tie up between the MX5 and the Mini.

  • HachiRoku

    I can’t take this list seriously without the Toyobaru Twins on it.
    They are THE definitive cheap performance car.

  • Honad

    Miata? FR-S? BRZ? Strange.

  • Dolby109

    I agree the lack of FRS/BRZ, and the Miata is very odd. Both are more fun than the Civic Si and Mini. Even the Fiesta ST should be on before those two…but I suppose that would be too much Ford love.

  • Jamal

    Hey Craig… where’s the FR-S and BRZ? Did you forget them?

  • craigcole

    Hi Jamal,

    Nope, we didn’t forget about the FR-S and BRZ, though they’ve received plenty of attention so we opted to exclude them this time around. Their fun-to-dollar ration is pretty much a given.

  • Gabe

    If reliability were factored in, there wouldn’t be a top ten!

  • Jamal

    Well, you suck then. That is all.

  • MAtt

    so they broke the rules with 2 cars that technically aren’t under 30k and leave out the Top Gear car of the year, with the lowest center of gravity and arguably the best handling of any of these options… if the genesis made this list, the FRS/BRZ should have been at least before that heavy heap… theres some biased isht going on here.