I have decided to compile a list of best performance cars for under $25,000 that should be considered if you are in the market for purchasing a new car. I think you should test drive all of these cars before you make your final decision so you can be sure you get the correct vehicle for your lifestyle, and more importantly, what you actually need out of a vehicle.
Up first is the Ford Focus ST. The Focus ST’s base price is $23,625 so you are not going to be able to get all of the goodies and stay under $25,000. However most of the standard equipment should be enough to suite most people. The car features a 2.0L turbocharged engine that produces 252 horsepower with a 6 speed manual transmission which should get you to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.4 seconds. This time makes it the fastest car in the quarter mile on this list.
Since we just discussed the Ford Focus ST, I think it would be best to mention the Ford Fiesta ST as well. The Fiesta ST’s base price is $20,945 which gives you the ability to add some extras on this vehicle. The Fiesta ST features a 1.6L turbocharged engine that has an output of 197 horsepower and is paired with a 6 speed manual transmission which will do the 0-60 in 7.0 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds. Being very similar to the Focus ST, this car is fun to drive and only lacking a little power compared to the bigger brother. If you were trying to decide between the two, I would go for the Focus ST over the Fiesta ST because at the end of the day you would always be telling yourself that you should have spent the extra few thousand to get the Focus ST.
Lets take a look at the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The GTI’s base price starts at $24,785. Just barely under the $25,000 limit I have imposed and the most expensive car on this list. Is it the best? I don’t know, I will let you be the judge. It does feature 2.0L turbocharged engine that produces 210 horsepower with the 6 speed manual transmission and 60 mph comes in just 5.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.5 seconds. Unfortunately, the base model is a 2 door so it is more difficult to carry a family in compared to the ST brothers. The four door GTI’s base price is $25,385 which could probably be negotiated under $25,000.
These three vehicles are all very fun to drive and would be a joy to own. If I was in the market to purchase a new car I would have to test drive each of these cars and carefully look at every detail of the vehicles. Only after test driving each vehicle a couple times would I be able to make that decision.
Which car would you like to own? Do you think that I missed a car? Let me know in the comments below.