The Fastest Cars Under $50,000 in 2019

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Fast Vehicles Don’t Have to Break the Bank

Some of the fastest cars in the world are also among the most expensive. The ultra-exotic Bugatti Chiron, for example, can make the sprint to 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds, but costs well in excess of $1 million. The full-electric Tesla Model S can actually beat that rate of acceleration by a tenth of a second, in the top-trim Performance version with the aptly named Ludicrous mode engaged. Compared to the Chiron and many other supercars and hypercars, it’s a relative bargain at “only” around $100,000.

There are much more affordable models out there that can satisfy those with a need for speed, but are also on a budget. We scoured automakers specs and the as-tested zero-to-60 mph times of a slew of sporty cars to come up with a list of the 15 fastest models for the money. Each vehicle on this list is priced under $50,000, and can make the sprint to 60 mph in around five seconds or less. The quickest among them can even pass the four-second barrier.

We chose the $50,000 mark because it still falls within the range of affordability for many auto enthusiasts – especially since the average transaction price of a new vehicle is already around $37,000. A few of the red-hot models on our list actually cost a bit less than that.

We consulted instrumented, published test drive data from the experts at auto enthusiast publications like Car and Driver and Road and Track. Along with information culled from our own new car rankings, we’ve come up with a list of the fastest, most furious, and reasonably-affordable sporty cars for the 2019 model year. We’ve also included one early-2020 entry that debuted at mid-year. They’re ranked according to their 0-60 mph times, from slowest to fastest. Ties are broken in the rankings based on the vehicle’s suggested retail price as equipped. As there’s more to the vehicular experience than speed, we’ve also included information on each model’s ride and handling abilities, equipment levels, styling, interior comfort, and so forth.

We stuck with trim levels and performance enhancing equipment and packages that kept the vehicles’ sticker prices to less than $50,000. Some versions the models cited – like the Ford Mustang GT350 and the Dodge Challenger R/T Hellcat – can deliver even more impressive levels of thrust, though they’re beyond our target price.

Be aware that we update our U.S. News Best Cars scoring on an ongoing basis as new expert reviews and data become available. As a result, the scores in this article may not match the scores on our rankings and reviews pages.

Scroll through the slideshow to see which new cars offer exhilarating performance at relatively affordable prices. If these models are still too rich for your budget, check out our assortment of the 30 Fastest Cars Under $30,000 for 2019.

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