Top 10 Cheapest Vehicles With 400 HP

Top 10 Cheapest Vehicles With 400 HP

Do you know whats cooler than 300 horsepower? 400! Here’s a list of the cheapest ways to get 400 or more ponies rocking under your hood.

Note that the list starts with our most expensive of the top ten, and goes all the way down to the most affordable. All prices include destination fees.


10. Chevrolet Corvette $56,395

Our list starts off with an American icon, the Chevrolet Corvette. Using a 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumps out 455 hp the ‘vette can hit 60 mph in under four seconds. The Chevy is one of the best bargain sports cars on the market, and capable of keeping up with European exotics for just under $60,000.


9. Kia K900 $55,400

Juts because a car has over 400 ponies under the hood, doesn’t mean it’s going to always be a sports car. Here the luxury oriented Kia uses a 5.0-liter V8 to make 420 hp, allowing this Kia to have the grunt to take on cars from German luxury brands.


8. Hyundai Genesis 5.0 $52,450

Another V8 equipped luxury car, the Hyundai Genesis Sedan sports a 5.0-liter beating heart that makes 420 hp. Our Car Of The Year Winner for 2014, the Genesis is a smooth ride, and its eight-cylinder engine has a lot to do with that. At $52,450 for a V8 equipped Genesis, you’re getting a sweet engine to go along with a fantastic car.


7. Dodge Charger SRT $48,990

The SRT trimmed Dodge Charger isn’t just a sedan and isn’t exactly a sports car, but its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 does make over 400 hp, giving it enough juice to place it in this top ten list. That engine packs 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, making it even more powerful than that Corvette sitting in the number 10 spot.


6. Chevrolet SS $48,040

The top competitor for the Dodge Charger SRT is this, the Chevrolet SS sedan. A 6.2-liter V8 sits under its hood, sending 415-hp to the rear wheels. It may have anonymous styling, but it’s fun and available with a six-speed manual transmission. It all comes in under $49,000, making it a pretty good bargain.

gmc sierra 2014

5. GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab, Standard Box SLT 2WD $44,590

Our list isn’t just confined to cars. Trucks make more than 400 horsepower too. In this case, we’re talking about the GMC Sierra 1500, which can be equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, when you choose the double-cab standard box SLT version. With the lack of that weight over the rear-wheels, our truck expert Stephen Elmer exclaims that it can do burnouts all day long.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

4. Dodge Challenger SRT $44,590

Sitting in the number four spot of our list is the SRT trimmed Challenger. Like the Charger, but $4,000 cheaper, the SRT Challenger is awesome value, especially thanks to its 485-hp 6.4-liter V8 engine. Sure, it’s no Hellcat, but you can still go fast, and have fun in a “regular” SRT challenger. Just ask our managing Editor Jodi Lai, who named the Scat Pack SRT Challenger as her favorite modern muscle car.


3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab Standard Box LTZ Z71 $44,180

If a GMC truck is on a top ten, you can bet that its Chevrolet cousin will be nearby. The Silverado can be equipped with the same 6.2-liter V8 as the Sierra, meaning it has a hearty 420-hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Only available on the LTZ trimmed Silverado, which isn’t too expensive at just $44,180.


2. Chevrolet Camaro SS $37,295

Jumping in this list from 44 grand to 37 grand is a bit jarring but the 2016 Camaro SS is here to break your fall. With a 6.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette, this is the second most affordable way to get over 400 ponies in your ride. With 455 hp, the new Camaro is powerful, and affordable.


1.Ford Mustang GT $32,300

It should come as no surprise that the new Mustang GT tops our list of the most affordable ways to get 400 hp in your garage. Making 435 hp, the 5.0-liter V8 equipped Mustang is often described as the Mustang to get. We won’t argue, especially at just over $32,000.

  • smartacus

    Good Article.
    Good reminder of how we can get something like a Mustang GT that starts at $32,300

    That’s impressive considering a POS Civic Si with the sat-nav and summer tires can be optioned up to $29k right now on their website
    (and by options; i mean nothing more than extra bits of lower bodywork and different rims)

  • johnls39 .

    I think the list is very impressive and good for anyone looking for performance and value. Surprised that the Mustang is the cheapest though.

  • Cook

    Most of this info is wrong. You can get Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack at 40K with 485HP

    2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
    Mid-size car
    Model: 2016 Dodge Charger
    MPG: 15 city / 25 highway
    MSRP: From $39,995
    Horsepower: 485 HP

  • Isend2C

    a Civic with nav (which the mustang doesn’t have) and summer tires is $25,410 including shipping. That’s about $8k less, which is significant. I’d much rather have the mustang – but don’t make the civic seem like so much when you’re adding ridiculous things to it while the mustang doesn’t even have a moonroof or premium sound.

  • smartacus

    but i priced it out myself.
    i also see the Mustang Ecoboost with 310HP and Recaro seats goes for only $25,300

    Nevermind Civic Si; it’s cheaper, faster, corners harder, brakes shorter, and gets better gas mileage than the Toyobaru twins

  • Isend2C

    Base mustang EcoBoost doesn’t have recaros. They’re not even optional – the performance package doesn’t include any changes to the seats.

    The price of the Civic Si coupe w/ nav & summer tires is $25,410. If you add useless rims and body kit accessories from Honda to raise the price to $29k then you’ll have to add every option on the Ford to have an equal comparison. Base options for each, the mustang will be faster and the Civic will have more features.

    Also, the base mustang EcoBoost is $26,295, you forgot to add the ridiculous $995 Ford charges for delivery, despite it costing Subaru $200 less to ship cars from Japan…

  • smartacus

    The information they told you about Ecoboost not even having Recaro seats as an option is a bit inaccurate. i am uploading a screenshot in a separate reply showing the Ecoboost build/price with the Recaro seats right there.

    I totally agree with you the Civic Si has more features like NAV and up-level stereo, but the article was comparing cheapest HP.

    NTM; that NAV and stereo in no way make the Civic Si worth $25,410; much less optioned up to $29k.

  • Robert Wyatt Bogart

    I just bought a 2006 Chrysler 300 SRT8 with 80k miles for $7k

  • myfordtruck

    Don’t matter to me am not going to buy a car that cost more than my house did even if it was brought years ago last car I got was a 2000 grand marquis 2 years ago had 140k on looked like new and ran that way paid 2000.for it have spent 100. on repairs plus set of tires has 185k on it now still running and looking good dont need 400 HP

  • Fabian


  • Fabian

    American cars r the best and I’m European, to say.

  • JoelM

    Glad to know you read an article that is completely irrelevant to you.

  • JoelM

    Everyone brings up the Civic Si, but who cares about the Civic Si anyway? It’s not even a good car in it’s own segment. What I’d rather have at nearly the same price is the Ford Focus RS. It’s a little bit less powerful, but can easily make that gap up in the aftermarket. For the same price as a Mustang GT with the optional Recaro’s you’re getting AWD, Recaro’s and an all around better optioned interior and exterior. If I was buying one car to drive year round the RS would be it. Summer car… maybe the Mustang optioned up a bit.

  • smartacus

    Focus RS is an excellent choice 🙂

  • Larry

    We just bought a Yukon Denali with the 6.2 that has 410 hp. It only had 43,000 miles on it. A lot different then our old 2009 Yukon with the 5.3.

  • GodSAveAmerica

    I wanted Charger Hellcat SRT until the prices got really stupid and Dodge stopped making them at this time. Allot of POS dealers were even hitting the car with a 50% markup.. I’ll just go with the vette instead; dodge you just lost another sale..

  • myfordtruck

    was not irrelevant to me because I wanted to know how the cars stacked up against each other in price compared to quality if I really wanted something with 400 hp in it I could build one of the classics I have like the the 65 Galaxy 500 with the 390 in it or the 77 F100 that already has 50 out 89 mustang gt or even the 2000 grand marquis just take a little bit of money and know how and I have been building engines since I was a teenager and am 61 now so I know what I am Doing I just said I would buy one of those car because of price that don’t make make the story irrelevant to me

  • DEman19901

    American cars might be the best, unfortunatley not on planet Earth.

  • Fabian

    Find better value and durability in quality and design if you can. I couldn’t.

  • Pete Willson

    The 2017 Lincoln MKZ has a 400 HP option engine. It does 0-60 in 4.8 secs!

  • Daniel Chang

    I daily drive a Focus ST from 2014. Not an RS, but still a fun little pocket rocket in it’s own right. That Civic Si has NOTHING on this