fastest cars under 40k

fastest cars under 40k

Fastest Cars Under 40k

Here are 12 of the fastest cars available below $40,000. We considered both acceleration and speed for the quarter mile before awarding them the title of “fastest cars.” While most are well below our target price, some will climb above that mark when extras are added. 
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

The 2016 Cadillac ATS is one of the more affordable small luxury cars available this year, and although it’s trying to capture the comfort crowd more than the performance crowd, there’s room for such overlap. Available both as a five-passenger sedan and a four-passenger coupe, buyers can tailor the ATS considerably. There are several available engines for the ATS, including a 202-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder (the base engine in the sedan), a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (the base engine in the coupe), and a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. However, the V-6 quickly puts the ATS above the $40k price cap. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, but the turbo four offers an optional six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the 2016 Cadillac ATS; all-wheel drive is available for an additional charge.
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

10) 2016 Cadillac ATS Photo Credit: Cadillac Media Page 1 of 12 10) 2016 Cadillac ATS The 2016 Cadillac ATS is one of the more affordable small luxury cars available this year, and although it’s trying to capture the comfort crowd more than the performance crowd, there’s room for such overlap. Available both as a five-passenger sedan and a four-passenger coupe, buyers can tailor the ATS considerably. There are several available engines for the ATS, including a 202-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder (the base engine in the sedan), a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (the base engine in the coupe), and a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. However, the V-6 quickly puts the ATS above the $40k price cap. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, but the turbo four offers an optional six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the 2016 Cadillac ATS; all-wheel drive is available for an additional charge.
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

10) 2016 Cadillac ATS The 2016 Cadillac ATS is one of the more affordable small luxury cars available this year, and although it’s trying to capture the comfort crowd more than the performance crowd, there’s room for such overlap. Available both as a five-passenger sedan and a four-passenger coupe, buyers can tailor the ATS considerably. There are several available engines for the ATS, including a 202-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder (the base engine in the sedan), a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (the base engine in the coupe), and a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. However, the V-6 quickly puts the ATS above the $40k price cap. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, but the turbo four offers an optional six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the 2016 Cadillac ATS; all-wheel drive is available for an additional charge.
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

Cadillac may still struggle to shrug off its elderly buyer stigma, but it certainly hasn’t had trouble shoving performance under the bodywork of its latest cars. While we’d love to put the 640 horsepower CTS-V or 455 horsepower ATS-V sedan on this list of 10 fastest sedans under $50k, both V-Performance models miss the price tag mark.
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

Cadillac ATS Sedan Cadillac may still struggle to shrug off its elderly buyer stigma, but it certainly hasn’t had trouble shoving performance under the bodywork of its latest cars. While we’d love to put the 640 horsepower CTS-V or 455 horsepower ATS-V sedan on this list of 10 fastest sedans under $50k, both V-Performance models miss the price tag mark. Instead, the standard ATS sedan with its available 3.6-liter V6 tuned to 335 horsepower will have to do. Paired with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic and GM’s acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control, the ATS throws the challenge flag at its German rivals.
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

Cadillac may still struggle to shrug off its elderly buyer stigma, but it certainly hasn’t had trouble shoving performance under the bodywork of its latest cars. While we’d love to put the 640 horsepower CTS-V or 455 horsepower ATS-V sedan on this list of 10 fastest sedans under $50k, both V-Performance models miss the price tag mark. Instead, the standard ATS sedan with its available 3.6-liter V6 tuned to 335 horsepower will have to do. Paired with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic and GM’s acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control, the ATS throws the challenge flag at its German rivals.
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Fastest Cars Under 40k

The 2016 BMW 2 Series is everything you’d want and expect from an entry-level BMW. To keep it under the $40k mark, opt for the 228i model, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard; though an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available, they’re more expensive and probably less fun. As is typical for BMW, the 2 Series lineup offers plenty of upscale features for an additional cost, although it’s plenty comfortable right out of the box.
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The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a treat for budget-conscious performance fans looking for a healthy amount of equipment to go with their affordably-priced sports car. The exterior profile and generous features list are undoubtedly inspired by the German luxury heavy-hitters. The compact Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a pleasantly quick Korean Mustang-fighter, and it offers a 348-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 under its hood, paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Also capable of generating 295 lb-ft of torque, the Genesis Coupe’s mill helps it achieve a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds, right up there with its V-8 competition. Both the R-Spec and Ultimate trims offer plenty of performance upgrades and come in well below the $40k threshold.
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5) 2016 BMW 228i Page 1 of 12 5) 2016 BMW 228i The 2016 BMW 2 Series is everything you’d want and expect from an entry-level BMW. To keep it under the $40k mark, opt for the 228i model, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard; though an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available, they’re more expensive and probably less fun. As is typical for BMW, the 2 Series lineup offers plenty of upscale features for an additional cost, although it’s plenty comfortable right out of the box.
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5) 2016 BMW 228i The 2016 BMW 2 Series is everything you’d want and expect from an entry-level BMW. To keep it under the $40k mark, opt for the 228i model, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard; though an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available, they’re more expensive and probably less fun. As is typical for BMW, the 2 Series lineup offers plenty of upscale features for an additional cost, although it’s plenty comfortable right out of the box.
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7) 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Page 1 of 12 7) 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a treat for budget-conscious performance fans looking for a healthy amount of equipment to go with their affordably-priced sports car. The exterior profile and generous features list are undoubtedly inspired by the German luxury heavy-hitters. The compact Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a pleasantly quick Korean Mustang-fighter, and it offers a 348-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 under its hood, paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Also capable of generating 295 lb-ft of torque, the Genesis Coupe’s mill helps it achieve a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds, right up there with its V-8 competition. Both the R-Spec and Ultimate trims offer plenty of performance upgrades and come in well below the $40k threshold.
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7) 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a treat for budget-conscious performance fans looking for a healthy amount of equipment to go with their affordably-priced sports car. The exterior profile and generous features list are undoubtedly inspired by the German luxury heavy-hitters. The compact Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a pleasantly quick Korean Mustang-fighter, and it offers a 348-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 under its hood, paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Also capable of generating 295 lb-ft of torque, the Genesis Coupe’s mill helps it achieve a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds, right up there with its V-8 competition. Both the R-Spec and Ultimate trims offer plenty of performance upgrades and come in well below the $40k threshold.
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Whatever you do, don’t call it a Chevy Malibu. Perhaps the best sleeper sedan made in the last 10 years, the Chevrolet SS is one thumping fast car wrapped in a subtle package. Our second U.S.-made entry in this roundup of 10 fastest sedans under $50k may not sell in huge numbers, but it keeps up with cars costing far more.
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Fortunately for those of us who can only dream of being out on the track swapping paint this weekend, race cars aren’t the only fast cars. In fact, what qualified as supercar speeds only a few years ago can be had for less than $40,000 today. If that sounds like your definition of value, here’s a list of cars for you.
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Ford Fusion Sport Photo Credit: Ford Page 1 of 12 Ford Fusion Sport A Ford Fusion on a list of fastest sedans? Yes. The 2017 Fusion Sport is no ordinary midsize sedan. Without the SHO performance badge available on any Ford models, Ford has slyly inserted a thrilling 4-door into the more modest end of its lineup. We’ll still leave the outright thrills to Ford Performance cars like the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS, but don’t overlook this Fusion Sport. Using the potent 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 from the F-150 and Edge Sport, Ford’s quickest sedan produces 325 horsepower and an incredible 380 lb-ft of torque. No manual option available here, but the 6-speed auto gearbox is a good complement to a torque powertrain. All-wheel drive helps apply the power and adaptive dampers help keep the Fusion Sport flat in corners. Prices start at $33,475.

Published on May 31, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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