10 Hot Cars for Under $25,000

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There was a time when vehicles that cost over $25-grand were considered “exotic” or “high-line”. This is certainly not the case any longer. Exotic and high-line vehicles are now regularly offered with price tags that exceed $250,000.

It is, however, still possible to purchase a sporty ride for less than $25k. Exotic? No, and not high-line either, but hot looking and fun to drive, reliable and fuel efficient can be done; even on a budget. Check out these ten hot cars for under $25,000.

10. 2013 Volkswagen GTI

The GTI is the performance version of the Golf, and who could believe that a German sports car is available for under $25k. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine manufactures 200-horsepower, a six-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment and fuel efficiency is average at 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The MSRP is $24,995.

9. 2013 Honda Civic Si Coupe

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and manual six-speed transmission are standard equipment for the Civic Si. It offers the Honda reputation for dependability as part of the total package, as well as 201-horsepower and outstanding fuel economy numbers of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The Civic can achieve sixty-miles-per-hour from a stop in just under seven seconds, which is marginally slow for this class.

8. 2013 Scion FR-S

This sporty taste of fusion, between Subaru and Toyota, is a blast to drive. While it is not very spacious, it offers genuine performance driving pleasure in an economical package. The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which produces an impressive 200-horsepower, and the transmission is a six-speed manual. The FR-S is a rear-wheel drive coupe.

7. 2013 MINI Cooper Convertible

This British entry really turns heads and, despite its relatively low horsepower rating, is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission are standard equipment. Fuel efficiency numbers are above average: 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway and MSRP is $24,875.

6. 2013 Mazda Miata MX-5 Convertible

While its not terribly practical, it is hot and under $25k. This is a really sporty roadster, which means that it has only two seats, and it is rear-wheel drive. It comes in at $24,916 MSRP and has earned a EPA fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway when fitted with the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and manual transmission.

5. 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Another adept handling rear-wheel drive coupe, the Genesis boasts a horsepower rating of 275 and 274 lb.-ft. of torque. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, manual transmission, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and full gauntlet of supplemental inflatable airbags. MSRP for the Genesis is just $24,994, and the EPA rates fuel economy at 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

4. 2013 Ford Focus ST

One of the best looking sports cars available for under $25k, the Fusion ST Hatchback is also one of the most potent. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine puts-out 252-horsepower and makes 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the performance prowess, fuel efficiency ratings are above average; 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway and the MSRP is $24,990.

3. 2013 Honda Accord Coupe

If reliability is what you are after, then Honda has your sports car priced under $25k. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed continuously variable transmission help the Accord Coupe to achieve excellent fuel economy numbers of 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway. The MSRP is a surprising $24,140.

2. 2013 Ford Mustang

If performance and value are what you want in a car, then the Mustang will fill the order. A 3.7-liter V6 engine, which produces 305-horsepower and 280-lb.-ft. of torque, and six-speed manual transmission are standard equipment. Fuel efficiency is average, rated at 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway and MSRP is $22,195.

1. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro is the most potent of the economy sports car field. It is tightly built, handles well, and has power to spare. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed manual gearbox are standard. The Camaro boasts 323-horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque, with a MSRP of $24,245 and EPA ratings of 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.