16 Cheapest Turbocharged Cars You Can Buy

2018 Honda Civic
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Get a Turbo Without Spending Too Much Cash

Automakers are increasingly turning to turbochargers so that they can install smaller engines in their vehicles while getting excellent power output and achieving high fuel efficiency numbers. A turbocharged engine can provide a power boost when needed, while operating efficiently when the car is cruising.

Fortunately, you no longer have to buy an expensive sports car to get a turbo. They’re available in all segments of the market, with many models starting at prices below $20,000.

Turbos use a vehicle’s exhaust gases to spin a turbine, which in turn forces more fuel and air into the engine’s cylinders, producing more power in each combustion cycle. Of course, this uses more fuel when the turbo is active, but the turbocharger only has to run a fraction of the time. The rest of the time the car’s engine operates rather efficiently, due to its small size.

The 2018 Honda Civic is a great example. Opt for the standard non-turbo 2.0-liter engine, and it will produce 158 horsepower and EPA fuel economy estimates of 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Choose the least expensive turbo in the lineup – a 1.5-liter four-cylinder – and you’ll get 174 horsepower and fuel economy estimates of 32 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway.

Take a look at the following pages to see the 16 least expensive turbocharged new cars available today. In many cases, they’re trim levels of models that are also offered without a turbo. We’ll count down from number 15 to the least expensive turbo option.

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