10 Great Vehicles That Cost Less Than a Ford Focus RS

10 Great Vehicles That Cost Less Than a Ford Focus RS

The 2016 Ford Focus RS might seem to have great bang for the buck, but you might be surprised about some of the vehicles that actually cost less.

Last week, pricing for the 2016 Ford Focus RS leaked online and the hot hatch will start from $36,605 including destination. That might not sound like a bad deal for a hot hatch with 345 hp, 18-inch wheels, 10-speaker Sony audio system and Recaro seats, but it demands a $10,000 premium over the already fun Focus ST.

SEE ALSO: 10 Cars the Ford Focus RS Has More Power Than

AutoGuide.com has compiled a list of 10 great vehicles that actually cost less than the 2016 Ford Focus RS and while they might not compete within the same category, or offer the same amount of performance, you might be shocked to see what the competition is actually like.


2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS – $34,500

Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine sporting 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS packs more punch than the Ford Focus RS, and it’s also more than $2,000 cheaper. Then again, the 2016 model is on the horizon and it’ll be interesting to see how Chevrolet’s iconic sports car improves when the final numbers roll in.


2015 Ford Mustang GT – $33,200

As the primary competitor to the Chevrolet Camaro, you might be surprised to hear that a 2015 Ford Mustang GT actually costs less than the upcoming Focus RS. And that’s not just for some basic, entry-level Mustang; this is for a sports car packing a 5.0-liter V8 under the hood with 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Then again, shoppers might be intrigued by the high-tech drivetrain the Focus RS is packing with its torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, something the Mustang doesn’t get.


2015 Chevrolet Volt – $35,170

If going green is your thing, then it’s likely you’re not cross-shopping the Focus RS with a Chevrolet Volt. But hey, there’s this common belief that any electrified vehicle boasts a high price tag. The current Chevrolet Volt has an all-electric range of 38 miles, but rumor has it that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt won’t be priced higher than the outgoing model. In fact, it might actually cost less and you’ll get 53 miles of emissions-free driving.


2016 Acura RDX – $36,190

Sure, a luxury SUV doesn’t quite compare to a hot hatch like the Ford Focus RS, but the 2016 Acura RDX is no slouch either. Aside from all the luxury amenities and cargo space the SUV has to offer, the RDX features a 3.5-liter V6 with 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. You won’t get the same spirited driving experience the Focus RS has to offer, but aren’t you a bit surprised to hear that the hatch costs more?


2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8L Ultimate (8-speed automatic) – $35,495

Maybe the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis coupe didn’t quite catch on with the sports car enthusiast crowd as much as the Korean automaker would have liked, but you could grab one with a 3.8-liter V6 engine churning 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for less than the Focus RS. And that’s the top-of-the-line Ultimate model paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Spring for the six-speed manual and you’re paying $1,200 less.


2016 Subaru WRX STI – $35,490

If you want to compare apples to apples, the 2016 Subaru WRX STI might be as close as you can get to the Ford Focus RS. The iconic all-wheel-drive sedan from Subaru is quite a bit underpowered compared to the Focus RS, packing “just” 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque from its 2.5-liter turbocharged engine.


2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab, Long Box – $34,925

Woah, how did a pickup truck end up on this list? Surprisingly, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD actually costs less than a Ford Focus RS! Powering the Silverado 3500HD is a 6.0-liter V8 engine with 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque and it’ll easily tow your Ford Focus RS around to the track and back.


2015 BMW 320i xDrive – $35,945

It might arguably be the most popular luxury sedan around and the entry-level BMW 320i is actually cheaper than Ford’s hot hatch. We even tacked on the xDrive all-wheel drive option to make the comparison a bit more fair, although the 320i is severely underpowered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Yeah, the Focus RS almost makes double that, but it’s the price to pay if you want luxury.


2016 Nissan 370Z Sport – $34,395

For a while, the Nissan 350Z and 370Z were the quintessential sports cars, but it has become quite outdated in recent years. Still, the Nissan 370Z Sport offers plenty of value for the price with a 3.7-liter V6 engine providing 332 hp. The Sport model comes with a limited-slip differential, 19-inch RAYS forged wheels, Nissan sport brakes and SynchroRev Match, but if none of those things appeal to you, the standard 370Z is actually $3,580 less.


2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T – $36,240

The 2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T model might not have the same amount of power as the Focus RS, coming in at 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but it does pack a lot more luxury than you’d ever get out of a Focus. It’s hard to argue that the new ATS isn’t attractive inside and out and we won’t blame you if you’re starting to think the 2016 Ford Focus RS might be a bit overpriced.

  • Ryan Moore

    You lost me at “1SS has a V6”.

  • Wojo

    “but it demands a $10,000 premium over the already fun Focus ST,” with 100 less hp, fwd, and less on fly customization… is about right considering that’s BASE price. Fully equipped, 40k for a car that should have been here for years? We shall wait for the landing, but Ken Block seemed to have a blast in it.

  • smartacus

    just happen to know a guy who recently took delivery of his Mustang GT. Of course it’s already wearing a new bodykit, full Steeda suspension and 20″ Vossen rims with Nitto NT05’s in 305 out back..
    *when he finds out his car undercut the Focus RS…

  • John Brooks

    If they wanted this article to be taken seriously they should have limited it to performance vehicles.

    “Oh there’s no Focus RS in stock? I’ll take that Silverado instead!” – No one, ever

  • John Brooks

    Comparing fully loaded to fully loaded (sans the $2K forged wheels and race tires, which are not available for the ST) the difference is about 10K.

    So for 10K you get:
    Brembo Brakes (front only, with cooling ducts)
    Two mode suspension
    Re-calibrated EPAS
    Two mode exhaust (butterfly valve)
    More ESC options
    Aero optimized body kit (splitter, spoiler, etc.)
    Presumably better cooling with the bigger rad that is undersized on the ST.
    “Better” seats (the upgraded seats have some fancy material not on the ST)

    Weather that’s worth 10K is up to you.

  • Patrick Lindsey

    This article is pointless. I hope the next one is “250 Great Vehicles That Cost Less Than a Ferrari 458.” You can just list everything, including minivans and scooters.

  • Jason Waite

    Must have been edited, as it now says V8.

  • Daniel

    *Scans the list* FWD, FWD, FWD, AWD, FWD, Truck? FWD… There’s one (SUB) car in here that’s even in the same class as the RS. An RS/ST driver isn’t going to the lot & saying “Holy fuck I can save $1,000 if I just buy a Chevy Volt.” This article is poorly thought out.

  • Daniel Jay

    Not true. I own a 15′ ST3. The Recaro leather racing seats are not the blend Recaros that the ST will have. ST Recaros are better. Having said that, I’m getting an RS.

  • Ryan Moore

    Yea, it has been. It said 3.6L V6 and then listed the V6 hp and tq specs.

  • Rickers

    I’d love to see a Focus RS go up against a Mustang GT!

  • Jodi Lai

    Thanks for the heads up! We’ve fixed this editing error. Good eye!

  • Tim Pryor

    The Camaro, Mustang, Genesis. ATS, and 370z aren’t FWD. They’re RWD.
    The BMW is standard with RWD and the above is ‘real’ AWD.

    The only FWD cars on this list are the Volt and the RDX (the latter being available with slip-based AWD).

    Also, isn’t the focus AWD? I don’t see how you object to AWD above.
    “Assuming the RS is traveling in a straight line with zero slip at any of
    its four tires, the all-wheel-drive setup sends 100 percent of the
    available power to the front axle. When slip is detected or if there is
    steering input, up to 70 percent of the available power can be sent
    rearward.” – (Credit Car and Driver).

    I’ll give you the RDX, Volt, and 3500D are out of place. Maybe redo this with ‘Competitive vehicles you can get for less than a Focus RS.

  • What about the Can-Am Spyder F3?

  • Tim Pryor

    I guess it’s literally rear -wheel- drive. Apologies for that one.

    I’m not sure what you mean by that. It’s certainly cool and I didn’t know they had a new one but I’m not sure how it’s relevant to the conversation.

  • Mario Pollio

    That’s if that’s the real price of the car. Ford hasn’t confirmed anything yet, I won’t believe anything until I hear it confirmed from them.

  • Yep

    none of these cars are a good comparison, even the STI because it’s NOT A HATCH! 🙂

  • JeffDeWitt

    But he’s NEVER going to say “I could have had a V8”.

  • AdWhois

    Fully loaded Acura ILX that can drive itself… $34 grand… Way better than a base 320i(ugh)

  • And you’ll regret it, trade it in less than five year, never take to the track being scared to break something and finally it will get terrible fuel economy because it’s that AWD you claim you want. People barely hold onto their WRX STi’s and Golf R’s more than 2-3 years, what makes you think this is any different?

  • This is one the dumbest articles written, they knew it would generate some comments and we all fell for it.

    That said, the RS is no more special than the WRX STi, Golf R and the last of the EVO X’s available.

    People tend to out grow these types of cars quickly because by the time you can afford one of these things it’s very likely you’ll be close to getting married (or already married) and will start a family in the next 2-3 years, where this gets traded for something more practical for a growing family.

    I wouldn’t get one because of the horrible fuel economy, at that point any of three/four Muscle Cars left on the market are all cheaper…(Charger, Challenger, Camaro and Mustang).

  • George Brown

    Don’t forget the obvious. My Titanium Hatch is a quick fun car. There is no real purpose for excess HP except bragging rights.

  • spitefire

    I have a 2015 focus ST and I can tell you first hand that you made the wrong decision. Congratulations on buying a slow car that is no fun.

  • Greg Sullivan

    Base Model RS is $35,730

    Of these 10, some are more, some are less.

    The writer of this article doesn’t know how to math.

  • Reignman The Deplorable

    And the RS is worth every penny.