If you’re willing to spend over $50,000 on a high-octane performance car, you’re pretty well catered to. Even around $40,000, there’s no shortage of fun, tossable cars to choose from. But as you come down the ladder, it’s harder to discern the performance models from the run of the mill A-to-B cars. Or at least, it used to be.
Today, automakers are catering more and more to young buyers who are looking for a vehicle that’s cheap to own and maintain, but doesn’t necessarily sacrifice its fun factor. While there are more than a few cheap thrills that can be had for under $20,000, the $20,000-$25,000 range is where things really start to get interesting. It’s the sweet spot where legendary performance cars like the Volkswagen GTI and Chevrolet Camaro come into play, and as horsepower seems to get cheaper by the year, these models have only gotten better with age. As far as your bang for the buck is concerned, times have never been better for affordable performance.
We took a look at the cars available for under $25,000, and chose 10 that offer the most fun, speed, and power in their segments. Ranked by horsepower (from least to most), these cars are guaranteed to offer mile after mile 0f fun without breaking the bank.