Do you have $30,000 (but no more) dog-eared for your next vehicle and are looking for something that’s as fun as it is affordable? Not too long ago, your options would have been pretty limited. Not anymore, though — automakers have recognized that there’s a real demand for affordable cars that won’t sacrifice power, performance or speed for affordability.
We recently wrote about some of the fastest cars under $20,000 and $25,000, but when you allow for an extra $5,000, the menu gets even more interesting. More and more automakers are catering to young buyers who want an affordable vehicle that’s cheap to maintain and own but doesn’t necessarily give up its fun factor. Cars like the Volkswagen GTI and Chevrolet Camaro have long been bargain nameplates that don’t sacrifice one for the other, and while the base models start in the mid-20s, things start really to heat up around the $30,000 mark.
We checked out speediest cars under the $30,000 threshold that offer the most fun (and speed) in their segment, and found 10 models that really stand out.