30 Fastest Cars Under $30K

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The Speed You Crave Might Be More Affordable Than You Think

If you’re looking for a quick, powerful, and agile new car, you have plenty of options. Some of them might even raise an eyebrow or two.

Before we get to the list, though, let’s explain our reasoning. First, we scoured our new car rankings for vehicles with a price less than $30,000 (and as you’ll see, a few just barely made the cut off). In cases in which we chose a trim level beyond the base model, that trim’s price is cited.

Beyond cost, this list considers a few factors: horsepower, agility, and each vehicle’s U.S. News performance score, which takes into account the opinions and expertise of professional car reviewers. We’ve ordered the models by horsepower, from lowest to highest.

Keep in mind that some of this information is subject to change over the course of the year, particularly the performance score, which may be updated if we receive new information. Otherwise, you can be confident that these cars and crossovers are your best choices if you have a lead foot and a decent budget.

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