30 Fastest Cars Under $30K

Mazda CX-3
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2018 Mazda CX-3

$20,110 | 146 hp | U.S. News Performance Score: 8.8/10

Mazda’s subcompact crossover kicks off our list of the fastest cars under $30K, and it won’t be the last Mazda to make an appearance. The CX-3 ranks near the top of our subcompact SUV rankings due largely to its agile handling and sporty suspension, which give it a great can-do attitude. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has a modest horsepower rating, but you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by its acceleration. Overall, the Mazda CX-3 provides a great driving experience and plenty of functionality at a very attractive price.

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