Top 10 Cheapest Cars with 300 Horsepower

Top 10 Cheapest Cars with 300 Horsepower

One of the most wonderful sensations come when you command a whole handful of power just with the flexing of your right foot. Horsepower is an intoxicating element when it comes to driving, but that doesn’t mean that it’s saved for the most expensive vehicles out there.

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We’ve updated our list of affordable cars with 300 or more horsepower. Most of the vehicles here are coupes, but a trio of sedans squeezed in, proving fun can come in four-doors. All cars are arranged in order of price including destination.

Here is our list of Top 10 Cheapest Cars with 300 Horsepower:

10. 2015 Dodge Charger R/T: 370-hp $33,990

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track

With a 370-hp V8 engine, the Dodge Charger is one mean sedan and starts our list off right. The 2015 model with its new design, looks modern and bad-ass thanks to the LED lighting that comes with this R/T model. Even better, this sedan comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, paddle shifters and sport suspension, which all adds up to an affordable large sport sedan.

9. 2015 Ford Mustang GT, $33,125


Whether or not you think the Ford Mustang GT is the big-daddy of muscle cars, it certainly packs the value. With a price-tag of just $33,125, the new Mustang GT puts out 435 hp. That power comes from a great sounding 5.0-liter V8 engine, which can be equipped with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. A classic rear-wheel drive sports car, the Mustang GT now gets an independent rear suspension setup for 2015, making it far more compliant and accommodating on the road, in comparison to the last generation model.

8. 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T: 375-hp $32,490

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Let’s say you like the specs of the Charger, but want something a bit less practical? Well fortunately for you, there’s the new Dodge Challenger, which also sports a 5.7-liter HEMI V8. It puts out 375 horsepower in this car, which all gets sent to the rear wheels. There’s no denying the retro appeal of the Challenger: it’s heavy, comfy and packs a sexy sounding V8 engine. But maybe stay away if you were thinking it was something sporty. There are other cars on this list with far more athletic ambitions.

7. 2015 Chevrolet Impala: 305-hp $31,110

2015 Chevrolet Impala

To many, the Chevrolet Impala reeks of rental-car stink, but the latest generation of the car is a comfortable, attractive and powerful full-sized sedan. Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 305-hp and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The only front-wheel drive car on this list, the Impala is also one of the better family oriented cars featured here as well.

6. 2015 Nissan 370Z: 336-hp $30,815

2015 Nissan 370Z Coupe

Nissan shocked many enthusiasts when it decided to drop the price of the base 370Z to $30,815 including destination. While the Z hasn’t been updated in a while, it still packs a 3.7-liter V6 engine that features a fantastic soundtrack. At high-rpms, the 336-hp motor howls in a way that makes you think twice about finding that next gear. Another cool feature is the manual transmission. When you downshift, the 370Z with its Synchro RevMatch transmission will automatically blip the throttle, making for smooth gear changes.

5. 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT V6: 305-hp $27,990

2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus

Alright performance car fans, now we’re under the $30,000 mark and ready to really talk about value. The V6 powered Dodge Challenger costs $27,990 and packs 305-hp engine. The base SXT model isn’t exactly stripped down: it comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a keyless entry and go system, a leather wrapped steering wheel and an easily recognizable quad LED day-time lighting setup.

4. 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: 348-hp $27,645


Hyundai made the smart move of lowering the price of entry into its 3.8-liter V6 powered sports car. Now for just $27,645 you can get your hands on a 348-hp rear-wheel drive car that is good to hit 60 mph from a stand-still in under 6 seconds. It doesn’t hurt that the Genesis is also one good looking coupe, and base models come standard with chrome exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch wheels.

3. 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost: 310-hp $26,125


New for 2015 is the EcoBoost four-cylinder powered Mustang. Priced at $26,125 and putting out 310-hp, this turbocharged pony car is an excellent value. The upside with the EcoBoost engine is that it sports out 320 lb-ft of torque and is the most fuel efficient Mustang you can get, with manual models earning 22 MPG in the city, and 31 on the highway.

2. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro V6: 323-hp $24,700

2015 Chevrolet Camaro

In the number two spot of this list is the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. With 323-hp, It makes more power than the cars surrounding it at this spot, but it also weighs quite a bit more too, surpassing 3,700 lbs. While it gives up over 100 hp to its V8 powered brother, there’s no denying that the V6 powered Camaro still has that visual appeal and is much easier on your wallet.

1. 2015 Ford Mustang V6: 300-hp $24,625


The most affordable 300-hp car on the market is the V6 powered Ford Mustang. However, for 2015 the car has lost a bit of power and is rated at exactly 300 ponies.  Regardless of the power, the new Mustang looks like a modern sports car and will turn heads everywhere it goes. While it doesn’t have the nice MPG numbers that its four-cylinder turbo sibling has, or the high-hp number that the V8 version has, the V6 is clearly the most affordable one of the bunch.

  • where’s the Mazdaspeed3? lol i loved that car. 

  • Colum Wood

    It makes “only” 263 hp.

  • SAMwrxNEAL

    uhhh both the Camaro and Mustang V6 models have 300 hp and are cheaper than their V8 counterparts…

  • T. Roll

    There’s so much domestic junk on this list.

  • this list sounds like a joke……370z at 9th & the chevy impala at 4th…. am i missing something?

  • Tom Donohue

    Are these prices American??

  • The 
    Subaru WRX STI is definitely the best choice among all these. 

  • Hottie

     Are you mad? WRX better than the ZL1? Lol.

  • Cannuck

     You bet. In Canada the ZL1 will probably cost $100K.

  • The pricing would differ big time

  • Guest096

    It is based on a rally car and not a giant 2 door boat…..

  • T. Roll

     Whatever. ZL1 ran a 7:41 Nurburgring time. The best I’ve seen for a WRX is 7:55.

  • I agree mark! the 370Z is far superior to the impala in performance and reliability.

  • Carl Synnett

    How the hell Mustang is cheap? -.-

  • Can you guys read? Its goes by descending price. Anyway, on topic, Ford yet again trumps another “Top List”

  • Bob

    Wow, a little american pride could do you some good.

  • Jason

    it is the CHEAPEST cars with over 300HP..370Z is 25k while the mustang is 23K

  • Theggman

    Yes, you are.  As the
    list number ascends to number one, it is reflective of a DECENDING price.  Were you also confused by the presence of two
    Camaros and two Mustangs?  I can explain
    that too.

  • Howie Johnson

    every one of you complaining about the car at the top of this story are morons…

  • Peter

    What your missing is that the list has nothing to do with which car is better but has everything to do with which car is cheeper. Didn’t you notice that as you approach the number 1 car in this list that the price keeps on dropping?

  • guest

    the wrx sti is the only one that could go fast around a corner

  • Driver

    300hp means nothing when the rest of the car is a heavy mess of total garbage with a plastic interior and zero ability to take corners. Why exactly was this list even made?

  • Matthias

    There is so much Korean shit and Japanese junk on this list.  

  • Stevedave

    So they show a picture of challenger RT and give specs and price for an SE V6, but don’t even list the RT like the Mustang and Camaro, and where’s the Evo GSR? cheaper than the WRX STI, list just seems poorly researched in regards to pricing structure.

  • The reason most of these are cheap is because they’re domestic. There are only 2 cars on this list that are worth anything IMO. Numbers 9 and 10.

  • Bobbyforget

    cheap is$15,000. , not $35,000. and up

  • The

    Your article does nothing but perpetuate the FALLACY of ‘horsepower’ to ignorant American drivers.

    MOST Americans will never run their engine RPMs up to where their car has it’s ‘rated’ horsepower.

    -Acceleration- is about TORQUE.  That’s why a 6-speed turbo diesel can do 0-60 in 6.1 seconds.

    It’s why you see a Dodge Cummins turbo-diesel truck blowing away a Mustang at the drag-strip.

    Horsepower is what enables you to maintain speed against aerodynamic drag… in a gas vehicle, the maximum torque is typically in the same RPM range as the maximum horsepower.  e.g. 4500-6500.

    That’s why my old 1987 Porsche 951 (4 cylinder 2.5 liter Turbo) can beat a shiny new V-8 Corvette… the ‘Vette’ driver is afraid to take his car up to the RPM range where GM says his engine was rated.

  • My husband and I test drove both the Nissan 370 and The Camero Back to back.  I’d have to say that the order here is wrong. The 370 is much more manuverable, stays on the road better on uneven surfaces and has considerablly better visability.

    Not saying that the camero was a bad car or anything….just not as good as the 370.

  • Guest

    Since you have to say Americans Im assuming you dont live here and therefor have no idea what you’re talking about. I run the piss out of my challenger and destroy bitches. Im sure your porsche would kick my ass but dont say Americans cant drive because of some dipshits you watched on youtube.

  • Guest

    These things can get the fuck up for 305 horsepower. I raced one in my rt challenger with K&N CAI and borla catback exhuast and he kept right up with me.

  • Guest

    If you pay 25k for any impala you’re retarded

  • Guest

    SS Camaro would whoop that things assssssss

  • Guest

    You know you can buy an ss and send it to hennessy for $18,000 and they will super and turbo charge it for like 650+ hp right? Even stock it would fuck up a wrx sti, easily.

  • Guest

    Nooooo RTs are 34k my friend

  • T. Roll

     Yes, but Hennessy is a crook.

  • Most of the vehicles here are coupes, but a trio of sedans squeezed in, proving fun can come in four-doors.

  • Barry

    the impalas have been around forever, they are inexpensive to operate and very reliable

  • Odogg

    Saying that the American muscle is floaty in its handling , you didn’t do your homework buddy.The SS Camaro comes stock with magnetic shocks , the same that are put on a 2013 Ferrari .

  • damen

    This cars like good

  • Williamsteadham

    well i do give props to the sti beeing 1st but the 370z it should be right there toooooo

  • Larry Reeves

    Its a same they’re all so goddamn porky.  If they weren’t, 300hp would actually be something!  

  • Mensch

    It’s going based on the price.. Impala is cheaper so it ranks higher than the 370z

  • Flip_sm

    for me
    1 370z nismo (that what i will buy soon)
    2 STI  (good chose Ihad a WRX very fun and now a 2.5RS winter car and for family car)
    3 Evolution (where is it)
    4 Genesis…cheap interior
    5 all scrap american they have no handling just power

  • Guest

    Another Muscle Guy thinking his cheap american made is the equivalent to an italian sports car. LOL 

  • Rae67

    American cars..all scrap no handling..really?? Although I agree that many..maybe most American sports cars don’t handle as well as Euro or Japanese cars, that generalization is a huge overreach. The example of this is the Corvette. Ok, I struggle try to find another example your point is I guess made.. But the snotty way you put it rubbed me the wrong way.. Even the Mustang with its lack of an independent rear suspension isn’t scrap. In fact as a whole the selection of cars made and sold in America blows away the selection offered in any other country in terms of affordable quality. For example..Italy is home to some of the finest vehicles in the world but all of the affordable Italian cars suck..horribly. That’s pretty much the same story across the globe. Another great example of American quality..Jaguar was really dragging the bottom when Ford bought them and brilliantly kept the integrity of the brand and reinstalled the quality Jag was known for but had lost..

  • yup any thing that isnt 100hp to 1000lbs is a waste. cars keep getting fatter in the name of “safety”

  • dude

    All of you are retards. The title says top 10 cheapest. All these cars are cheap. Obviously the mustang is the best priced 300 hp car in the list. And to clarify this. You cannot compare many of these cars. Most of them are in different classes anyway.

  • pracefan

    What is really
    despicable here, and so common in automobile forums, is the lack of intelligent remarks and most of you young people can’t even spell. Most of you can’t even afford the lowest price vehicle listed here let alone full coverage insurance. Pull your heads out and get educated before society leaves you behind. I own 3 poor man’s sport cars, a muscle car, a high power turbo Asian car and a luxury high performance sedan. I visit several automobile forums, and it is the poor man’s sport cars forums that are so full of idiotic punks slamming
    each other because you think you have some fantastic knowledge of an automobile
    when all you have really is some really cool verbiage you picked up from your
    little buddies and the forums you try to read. Just a sad example of where our
    society is headed. You should all be very proud of the incredible leaps in
    quality our American auto makers have made on the last 10 years. Yes they have
    had to step up their game and they have done an exceptional job. All power, no
    handling? Prove your point! What type of suspension are you criticizing? Do you
    really know what you are talking about?

  • Nissan owner

    This topic was a fail from the beginning.

  • rxwtg

    Dude are you for real. Seriously? Its just cars. Don’t take it personally? People like you suffer road rage or probably run would like to run over pedestrians at crosswalks in any major city.

  • GoD

    you’re such a dumb**s acceleration is NOT about torque… a FREAKIN TRUCK has a lot of TORQUE but no acceleration… and a formula 1 car has VERY LITTLE torque and yet they speed so quick… TORQUE is the ability to PULL weight, hence if the car is light, it does not need that many TORQUE….

  • GoD

    a mazda RX-8 only has 231hp which is more than 100hp less than the 370z and yet around the track it’s only less than a minute slower than the 370z… THAT MY FRIEND IS CALLED GOOD HANDLING

  • ErrWhat

    The Mustang Boss beat the M3.

  • mcsizzle423

    Torque is definitely related to acceleration, though there are certainly other factors involved, such as weight, like you mentioned. Get your facts straight.

  • Undoubtedly, the best and cheapest of all of them is the Ford Mustang.

  • Frank

    It certainly feels “cheap”


    Tell me about it, these auto bloggers think people who would buy these cars are in their 40’s or something, when likely they are in their 20’s but can’t afford these vehicles even if they weren’t in debt from college tuition!!

  • Bryson

    torque is only relevant to acceleration when there is enough traction to handle it. The same goes for horsepower. This is why the sti is the best on the list, it has 4wd.

  • Bryson

    okay well when you drive the nurburgring in your zl1 and do a 7:41, we’ll listen.

  • ItalyIsPathetic

    When you consider the prices of both they practically are equal. Many American sportscars will keep up with, or even outrun some of the Italian sportscars and as Odogg mentioned, they have a lot of the same equipment nowadays too. They may be cheaper made, but they’re also 10x cheaper to buy. You have to keep that in mind. Long live the muscle cars.

  • Jonathan

    $30,000 doesn’t really seem all that “cheap.” Make a list of cars for under $5000 with 300hp and you might have something.

  • importsall day

    you see dollar signs right ? lol of course its american but some idiots probably put wrong prices of the cars on some of it. dont get me wrong not dissing in any cars but even you have a high horsepower without handling that car is actually nothing . handling with a light body is most definitely the way to go .. put some turbo on it and there you go . ive seen a 350z smoked a mustang in a quarter mile and yet they are better handling not dissing any american muscle cars or something but its just the truth

  • Speedx

    Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall
    Torque is how far you move the wall you just hit.

  • 5.0 2014 stock base coupe

    raced one today with my brand new 5.0 i smoked him it was funny he was mad

  • 3000vr4

    3000gt vr4 cheapest fastest lol smoke stis all day

  • Rickers

    Except… it’s an ugly old piece of crap.

  • guest31

    Italian cars are not reliable. Crap.

  • Get The Facts Right

    The V-6 Impala does not have that much horsepower. The 5.3 V-8 SS model has the horsepower.

  • truthhurts88

    This list sucks, obviously an american car fanboy made this list. Wrx*, focus st, mazdaspeed3 all are cars that are cheaper and better than most cars on this list. I do agree that the mustang is probably the best straight line speed for the money. A wrx would still beat the mustang to 60 though.

    Challenger, camaro, magnum and impala are all such trash cars that aren’t even that fast in any aspect.

  • motorhead

    Dude stfu

  • heather

    In what world are new cars under $5000

  • JeremySS


  • usasucks

    were do you work bruh I need a damn job my house hardly cost that much

  • Andrew Robinson

    Just thought id correct you, the V6 version of the impala since 2012 has had 300 HP. it is the same 3.6l V6 used in the Camaro.

    The 5.3l v8 SS discontinued in ’09 is a stronger engine(more TQ) sure, but they are both around 300 HP.

  • Eugene Lysikov

    Do you mean less than a second? I sure hope so because being a minute slower on a track is a huge difference. Like, not even same class of car difference.

  • Kvally

    You better tell Chevrolet they don’t know how much horsepower they have….

    305 horsepower

  • Cody Beisel

    Do you even get what this comparison is about? Cheapest cars with 300hp.

  • Anthony Tosi

    Yes the pontiac G8? or now the Chevyss which I would take the G8 anyday over the chevyss.

  • Anthony Tosi

    What did you race???

  • Anthony Tosi

    a drag race or a track race?

  • Anthony Tosi

    I would though.

  • Anthony Tosi

    but what about a hellcat?, lol

  • BDT

    It’s a shame you can’t get a V6 Mustang from the factory that looks like the one posted.

  • TrioOfSedans?

    There are only two sedans….Unless I’m insane.

  • Bill Cenne

    My 2011 Impala had 200 horsepower. My 2015 Impala (old body style) has 300 horsepower. That’s a LOT more, but I can’t tell the difference!

  • Bill Cenne

    I had a 2008 Impala LT, not the SS though. It was the most powerful car I’ve owned in the last 50 years. They must have done something to them that year.

  • Bill Cenne

    My 2015 Impala (old body style) has 305 horsepower. It is NOT an SS.

  • curiousGeorge

    accord v6? close enough

  • DennisBechtel

    an accord v-6 with a different engine and a turbo? or what my kid really did with 45k for college last summer.

  • Gmoney

    Try flouring it and you’ll know the difference right away.

  • Gmoney

    I test drove a Corvette with manual few years ago. I did 80 mph in second gear.

  • Bill Cenne


    But i’ve done that, many many times. Someone may have altered the 2011, I don’t know, I bought it used.

  • what your Daughter did this

  • Sam

    EVOLUTION is dead…. Foolish Mitsubishi killed it…. was a poor man’s fun car, miss it….

  • Catherine Chandler

    Could be a difference in vehicle weight.

  • Catherine Chandler

    Alsooo.. If you get in a bad crash in your Mustang (or most cars on this list), you’re going to be seriously injured. Like all Subarus, WRX’s have amazing crash test ratings.

  • Austin

    I have a 2006 and my mother has a 2012. There is a HUGE difference.

  • Popeye Americannews

    my 2015 Impala Limited with the V6 is listed at 300 horsepower and I believe it and it has been confirmed.

  • Popeye Americannews

    no, it’s the exact same car and i didn’t put a bunch of junk in it either. one commentor says it’s the RPM’s that the horsepower is listed at. i don’t pay attention to RPM’s, just drive the speed limit.

  • Popeye Americannews

    not really. they started them in ’58 and dropped them for awhile and then brought them back. they’ve also undergone total restyling several times. hardly any of them are alike. a good example is a 2015 Impala Limited and a 2015 Impala LS.

  • John Godfrey

    Plenty of used Lexus’s with 300+ horsepower for the same damn price ranges.

  • Stan Chang

    Subaru STI anyone?

  • David Tipton

    Try turning off the traction control. It’s like day and night on mine!

  • Ron Jackson

    This should be titled “Top Ten most not cheap cars with 300 hp.”

  • Ron Jackson

    Totally agree on this. A number of used Audis and BMW’s as well.