14 Fastest New Cars Under $20,000

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The Sportiest Cars You Can Buy for Less Than $20,000

You may be under a tight budget, but that doesn't mean you have to forfeit athleticism. While these vehicles won't have your heart racing with brute power and track-like handling dynamics, they should give you a satisfying driving experience while maintaining a sub-$20,000 price.

Along with a detailed explanation of each vehicle's performance – including handling, steering, and power – we also listed the U.S. News performance score and the current sale price for each vehicle to help you decide which one is the right fit for you.

Keep in mind that the performance score applies to the base model of the car in question. Some of the specific trims mentioned in this slideshow add sporty features that up the performance ante. Most of the cars here are available in sedan and hatchback form, with the sedan commanding a slightly cheaper price.

Our scores are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

This slideshow covers new cars. If you’re looking for a used car, check out our Fastest Used Cars Under $20,000 slideshow.

Read on to see the sportiest new cars you can buy for under $20K.

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