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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.