Used Cars: High-Performance Sedans under $35k

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RollsWhen the time has come to graduate from a high-powered sports coupe to a high-performance sedan, used is the only way to go. Deals that include major money savings of over fifty-percent are to be expected on late model, low-mileage, V8-powered,  used sports sedans if you take advantage of used car websites like Literally hundreds-of-thousands of late model (2012 through 2014) used sedans with big old honking eight-cylinder engines are available at the click of your mouse. Now that you need four-doors and a rear seat, help ease those growing pains with an abundant dose of giddy-up-and-go, laid out in just the right configuration, with a late model used high-performance sedan.


2014 Dodge Charger R/T

Charger rtThe first of three Chrysler entries to this list comes equipped with one of the most prolific engine types of automotive lore. The “Hemi”, so-named for the hemispherical shape of the combustion chamber, has long been regarded as one of the most dominant racing engines on street or strip. The Charger R/T, like its sister car (the Chrysler 300) gets the handling advantage over other sedans with a standard rear-wheel drivetrain (also available with a four-wheel drivetrain). The R/T package uses a 5.7-liter overhead valve V8 engine to produce 370-horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, which is routed through a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission. During independent performance testing, the 2014 Dodge R/T accelerated from 0 to 60-mph in only 5.4-seconds with an EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway (rear-wheel drive).

The R/T package features a sport tuned suspension system, 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires, upgraded brakes, ultra-bright Xenon headlights, and sport seating with cloth upholstery. Opting for the R/T Road and Trac package adds a black grille, 20-inch wheels, rear spoiler, further upgraded braking, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, sport mode transmission controller with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, and leather trim on interior surfaces. The Super Track Pack adds performance d focused three mode electronic stability control, high-performance brakes, firmer suspension, and tighter steering response. The R/T Max package adds a navigation system, mitigated braking, forward collision warning system, blind-spot warning system, and cross-path alert system.


2012 Jaguar XF

JagNothing screams, “I have arrived” quite so loudly  as a Jaguar luxury sedan. The 2013 XF Model uses the same cutting edge technology as the 2014 model at a fraction of the cost. The base model XF lists 18-inch wheels, LED running-lamps, sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, keyless ignition, auto leveling suspension system, automatic dual-zone climate control, heated power adjustable front seating with driver’s side memory function, cruise control, leather seating surfaces, power tilting and telescoping steering column, rear parking sensors, Bi-Xenon auto-dimming headlights with leveling and washers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror as standard equipment. Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, a LCD touchscreen interface, 10-speaker audio system with CD-player, USB port, and iPod interface are also standard equipment on the base model XF. Standard equipment features like these are what sets a Jag apart from the rest of the herd. A air of premium packages yields a plethora of extravagant options including: adaptive headlamps, front parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot warning system, power rear sunshade, automatic hi-beam headlights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel and a heated steering wheel.

For those with more exorbitant taste, the Portfolio package adds 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, ventilated front seats with maximum adjustment, additional leather interior accents, and a faux-suede headliner. The Sport package includes revised 19-inch wheels, sport seating, and exterior styling accents with a performance theme.

The XF is a rear-wheel drive car powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that sends 385-horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The XF is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 5.7-seconds.


2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

Super BeeFrom a performance standpoint, this is the coupe de grace for sport sedans. The SRT8 model Dodge Charger features a larger more powerful engine than the R/T model with a dual mode adaptive suspension system, triple mode adaptive stability system, 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires, upgraded braking, rear spoiler, heated and cooled cupholders, a heated steering wheel, special SRT8 interior and exterior styling accents, heated and cooled rar seating, a rearview camera with in dash LCD display, a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, and  19-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. The Super Bee version is a less ornate version of the SRT8 with a streamlined focus on retrospective performance. The Super Bee is set apart by its exclusive yellow or black paint scheme with Super Bee emblems and graphics. It also features unique hood and grille treatments, as well as exclusive interior features like striped seat covers with embroidered Super Bee logos on the front headrests. The Super Bee offers a smaller LCD touchscreen, Xenon headlights, steering wheel mounted shifter paddles, a GPS navigation system, rearview camera, power adjustable pedals, and power adjustable steering column. Notably absent  on the Super Bee  is the electronic stability control system and adaptive suspension system.,

The SRT8 Super Bee is powered by a 6,4-liter (392-cubic inch) Hemi engine that lays down an awesome 470-horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque using a rear-wheel drive configuration and five-speed automatic transmission. The Super Bee has been timed accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a brisk 4.6-seconds.


2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

HyundaiAs is usually the case with Hyundai, the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec offers a ton of car for the money. The standard Genesis package offers 17-inch heated sideview mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, cruise control, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, power adjustable front seating with leather seating surfaces, tilt steering column, auto dimming rearview mirror, seven speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, CD player, and iPod interface. The Premium trim level features the features of the base model and adds automatic windshield wipers, additional leather dash and door panel trim, power tilting and telescoping steering column, power folding sideview mirrors, power rear sunshade, rearview camera, a navigation system with real time traffic reporting, a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display, and a 14-speaker Lexicon surround system with CD/DVD player.

The 5.0 R-Spec car is powered by a direct fuel injected 5.0-liter V8 engine that manufactures 425-horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3-seconds.

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.