Cheap Cars With a Lot of Horsepower in 2017

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High Horsepower, Low Price

We’re in a Golden Age for affordable horsepower – depending on what part of the market you’re looking at. While German sport sedans and coupes are still fetching near-six-figure prices, American automakers are providing horsepower at a discount.

We’ve compiled a list of relatively affordable cars that offer big power, and they’re not all muscle cars. Sure, the latest crop of Mustangs and Camaros offer affordable V8 power, but there are also luxury sedans, SUVs, and even some pickups that provide big power on a budget.

Though American origin wasn’t a requirement for this list, because of American car companies’ pro-horsepower, low-cost product planning, all of the models featured happen to be from American companies.

We’ve included the performance score from the U.S. News review of each model, as well as the price (average market price for used cars) and the horsepower rating. In most cases, we’ve noted a specific trim that offers the most power for your buck.

So read on and see if one of these affordable V8 machines fits your need for speed – and your budget.

Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores in this article may not match the scores on the site. Used car prices are also subject to change.

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