These Cars And Trucks Are Faster Than They Look

Today, with progress in power-train technologies such as weight-saving measures and turbocharging, cars have become more reliable, safer, and faster than they have ever been before. From everyday commuters to luxurious dream machines, there are several models out there that are likely to thrill and surprise you with their powerful engines. Click through these slides to see the top cars that are way faster than you’d ever expect. Not everyone needs to own a supercar to reach top speeds!

Subaru Legacy

the subaru legacy is faster than it looks
Photo by Scott Olson
Photo by Scott Olson

The Subaru Legacy is a spacious midsize car with an upscale cabin. This car stays planted even in harsh weather conditions, thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive. The legacy’s base model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that doesn’t produce much power. However, it’s 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine produces up to 256 horsepower, which is pretty decent. It also delivers an excellent fuel economy of up to 34 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city.

Starting Price: $22,545

Horsepower: 175-256

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 15 cubic feet

Drivetrain: AWD (All Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 29 mpg combined (34 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city)

Ford Explorer

the ford explorer is faster than it looks
Photo by Steve Russell
Photo by Steve Russell

The Ford Explorer delivers a good overall performance amongst its class. It offers plenty of space with up to 81.7 cubic feet and three powerful engines — V6 with 290 horsepower (standard), turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder with 280 horsepower, and a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine with 365 horsepower. All three engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The explorer also has an instant throttle response.

Starting Price: $32,365

Horsepower: 280 – 365

Seating: 7

Cargo Capacity: 81.7 cubic feet (both rows folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front Wheel Drive), 4WD (Four-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 22 mpg combined (27 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city)

Honda Civic

the honda civic is faster than it looks
Photo by Michael Brochstein
Photo by Michael Brochstein

This compact car delivers better performance than most class rivals. Inside the vehicle, you’ll find a classy interior and comfortable seating. The Honda Civic’s base model comes with a standard four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with 158 horsepower, which does a decent job. However, its turbocharged four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that really goes, with 174 horsepower, giving a better all-round performance. The other models, Civic Si and Civic Type R, deliver up to 205 and 306 horsepower.

Starting Price: $19,550

Horsepower: 158 – 306

Seating: 4 – 5

Cargo Capacity: 46.2 cubic feet (with the second row folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 36 mpg combined (42 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city)

Honda Accord

the honda accord is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Honda Accord is a midsize car, which is both fun and practical. It delivers reliable performance, thanks to its energetic engines and responsive handling. Most accord buyers are satisfied with the engines it provides. The base model of Accord comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that produces 192 horsepower. You can step up to a turbo-four 2.0 liter engine with 252 horsepower for more gusto. Also, with the 1.5-liter engine, you get up to 38 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city, which are high estimates for the class.

Starting Price: $23,720

Horsepower: 192 – 252

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16.4 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 33 mpg combined (38 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city)

Toyota Camry

the toyota camry is faster than it looks
Photo by John Sommers II
Photo by John Sommers II

This midsize car has pleasing driving dynamics, loads of technology, and good fuel efficiency. It also boasts a high predicted reliability rating and impressive safety features. The Camry comes with a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine with 203 horsepower and 3.5-liter V6 engine with 301 horsepower. The 2.5-liter engine never feels weak and delivers decent acceleration. But the V6 engine feels more energetic. The Camry gets a good fuel economy with its base engine gaining up to 41 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city.

Starting Price: $24,095

Horsepower: 203 – 301

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 15 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 34 mpg combined (41 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city)

Chrysler 300

the chrysler 300 is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Chrysler 300 is a big and comfortable sedan that comes with a lineup of powerful engines. Inside, it features an exceptional infotainment system and an overall posh interior. All in all, it is a sturdy, spacious, and stylish car. The 300 comes with a 3.6-liter engine that produces 292 horsepower, offering enough power for any driving situation. More enthusiastic drivers can also go for the 5.7 liter V8 that puts out 363 horsepower.

Starting Price: $29,470

Horsepower: 292 – 363

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 23 mpg combined (30 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city)

Cadillac XTS

the cadillac xts is faster than it looks
Photo by Kevork Djansezian
Photo by Kevork Djansezian

Cadillac XTS is a decent luxury car. It has ample trunk space, an upscale cabin, and a potent engine option. Cadillac also boasts a 3.6-liter V6 engine that comes with a six-speed transmission and produces 304 horsepower. This engine earns an EPA estimated 28 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. On the other hand, Cadillac’s V-sport model also has a V6 twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter engine that puts out 410 horsepower. All in all, Cadillac XTS is a good car in its class.

Starting Price: $46,795

Horsepower: 304 – 410

Seating: 2 – 5

Cargo Capacity: 18 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 22 mpg combined (28 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city)

Chevrolet Cobalt

the chevy cobalt is faster than it looks
Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

The Chevrolet Cobalt has a satisfactory performance with plenty of cabin tech features available and a good fuel economy. It comes with two 4-cylinder engines. The 2.2-liter base engine gets up to 35 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city, which is decent enough. The SS model of the Cobalt has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 206 horsepower. Overall, this Chevrolet is a competent car.

Starting Price: $14,990

Horsepower: 155 – 260

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 13.9 cubic feet

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 29 mpg combined (35 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city)

Chevrolet Malibu

the chevy malibu is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize car with an adequate base engine and handling. This fun to drive car offers a decent fuel economy and ride quality. It comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 163 horsepower. On the other hand, it’s four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission and produces up to 250 horsepower. The 2.0-liter engine delivers better acceleration and a more engaging driving experience.

Starting Price: $22,090

Horsepower: 160 – 250

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 30 mpg combined (36 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city)

Chevrolet Impala

the chevy impala is faster than it looks
Photo by Joshua Lott
Photo by Joshua Lott

The Chevrolet Impala is a full-sized car with a sophisticated and athletic design. It offers abundant cargo and passenger space, including a well-predicted reliability rating. Its base engine produces 197 horsepower. Whereas, the 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers a robust 305 horsepower. Also, the base model offers a decent gas mileage of up to 29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. You should definitely choose this car if you are looking for a comfortable and smooth ride.

Starting Price: $28,020

Horsepower: 197 – 305

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 18.8 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined (29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city)

Ford F-150 Supercrew Harley-Davidson

the ford f150 is faster than it looks
Photo by Stan Honda
Photo by Stan Honda

The Ford F-150 is an accommodating and comfortable truck. The Ford’s F-150 Harley-Davidson model has an 8-cylinder 5.4-liter V8 engine, which is quite powerful. This engine produces up to 300 horsepower and gets up to 17 mpg on the highway and 13 mpg in the city. Overall, this truck is versatile and is designed to fulfill just about any conceivable need.

Starting price: approx. $33,000

Horsepower: 300

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 59.9 cubic feet

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 14 mpg combined (17 mpg on the highway and 13 mpg in the city)

Buick Regal

the buick regal is faster than it looks
Photo by Aaron Davidson
Photo by Aaron Davidson

The Buick Regal is one of the best midsize cars on the market. It boasts a high predictability reliability rating and has plenty of cargo space. It also has two capable engines — a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 250 horsepower and a Regal GS V6 3.6-liter engine that produces 310 horsepower. The 3.6-liter comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which is very impressive. The GS engine also offers more thrust than the base engine and feels way more confident.

Starting price: $25,070

Horsepower: 250-310

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 73.5 cubic feet (with seats folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 26 mpg combined (32 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city)

Dodge RAM SRT-10

the dodge ram srt is faster than it looks
Photo by Ted Soqui
Photo by Ted Soqui

The Dodge RAM SRT-10 is the most hardcore pickup truck that has the off-road capability. It has bold styling and provides everything, including a powerful engine, luxurious interior, upgraded suspension and brakes, and transmission option. The SRT-10 model of Dodge RAM has an 8.3-liter V10 engine that produces 500 horsepower. It is truly one of the coolest trucks you can buy.

Starting price: approx. $47,605

Horsepower: 500

Standard Seating: 2

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 72.2 cubic feet (with back seats folded down)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 15 mpg on the highway and 9 mpg in the city

Ford Fusion Sport

the ford fusion sport is faster than it looks
Photo by Spencer Platt
Photo by Spencer Platt

The Ford Fusion Sport is a midsize car. It boasts a spacious and well-trimmed cabin, peppy engine options, user-friendly tech features, and enjoyable driving dynamics. The Fusion is available with AWD (All-Wheel Drive), making it a practical choice for those living in snowy areas. This model has a powerful twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter engine with 325 horsepower, which is excellent for those who are not worried about fuel economy. All in all, the Ford Fusion Ford doesn’t lack for power at higher speeds.

Starting price: approx. $27,190

Horsepower: 325

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 20 mpg combined (26 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city)

Saab 9-2X Aero

the saab aero is faster than it looks
Photo by Stephen Chernin
Photo by Stephen Chernin

The SAAB 9-2X AERO is a sporty and versatile car. It offers punchy acceleration and smooth ride quality without sacrificing handling or precision. The Aero features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 227 horsepower that provides excellent performance. It also carries a fuel economy of 26 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city with a five-speed manual transmission.

Starting price: $26,950

Horsepower: 227

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 61.6 cubic feet

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 23 mpg combined (26 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city)

Lincoln MKS

the lincoln mks is faster than it looks
Photo by David McNew
Photo by David McNew

The Lincoln MKS is one of the large luxury sedans. It comes with a standard front-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension. With this car, the all-wheel drive is also available. The MKS has a V6 twin-turbocharged with a 304 horsepower, which is refined and makes enough power for most driving situations. The Lincoln MKS also provides solid breaks, responsive steering, and a smooth ride.

Starting price: $22,536

Horsepower: 304

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 19.2 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 20 mpg combined (26 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city)

Kia K900

kia 900 is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Kia K900 is an impressively large sedan. Each model boasts high tech and safety features and has an upscale cabin with a bulk of luxurious materials. It also features a powerful engine, standard all-wheel drive, balanced handling, and a smooth ride. The K900 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that puts our 365 horsepower, which is great for most driving situations. It also comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Starting price: $59,900

Horsepower: 365

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 15.3 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 21 mpg combined (25 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city)

Acura RLX

acura rlx is faster than it looks
Photo by Gary Friedman
Photo by Gary Friedman

If you are looking for a large luxury car, Acura RLX is a great pick. It highlights a comfortable interior, standard safety features, and excellent fuel economy and performance. It comes with two engines — a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 310 horsepower and a sports hybrid engine that produces 377 horsepower. Additionally, both models come with all-wheel steering, which allows improved handling at low speeds. Taking everything into consideration, the Acura’s ride quality is reasonably comfortable.

Starting price: $36,547

Horsepower: 310 – 377

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 14.9 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 29 mpg combined (30 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city)

BMW X6 M

bmw xg m is faster than it looks
Photo by Marco Destefanis
Photo by Marco Destefanis

This midsize luxury SUV is a well-rounded vehicle that delivers great performance. The BMW X6 M features an upscale interior with a range of standard features. It’s fun to drive, thanks to the excellent twin-turbocharged engine and agile handling. Overall, the BMW X6 M doesn’t compromise on ride quality for everyday driving. The X6 M has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine with 567 horsepower, delivering excellent acceleration that reaches from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

Starting price: $63,550

Horsepower: 567

Seating: 5

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 60 cubic feet (with rear seats folded down)

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 16 mpg combined (19 mpg on the highway and 14 mpg in the city)

Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG

mercedes gl63 is faster than it looks
Photo by Punit Paranjpe
Photo by Punit Paranjpe

The Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG is an outstanding large SUV that offers a refined interior, engaging performance, and ample space. This model is one of the most fun-to-drive, thanks to its tight handling and powerful engine. The high-performance GL 63 AMG also boasts a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine that produces up to 550 horsepower. It gets a fuel economy of up to 17 mpg on the highway and 13 mpg in the city, which is not the best in its class.

Starting price: $42,769

Horsepower: 550

Seating: 7

Maximum Cargo Capacity: 93.8 cubic feet (with both the second and third-row folded down)

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 14 mpg combined (17 mpg on the highway and 13 mpg in the city)

Nissan Maxima

the nissan maxima is faster than it looks
Photo by Angela Weiss
Photo by Angela Weiss

The Nissan Maxima is a large car that stands out amongst the competitors. It offers a powerful engine, user-friendly infotainment system, and active safety features. It comes with a standard v6 3.5-liter engine that puts out 300 horsepower. The Maxima also features front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission, along with a decent fuel economy of up to 30 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $34,250

Horsepower: 300

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 14.3 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 24 mpg combined (30 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city

Infiniti Q50

the inifiniti q50 is faster than it looks
Photo by Scott Olson
Photo by Scott Olson

The Infiniti Q50 is one of the smaller luxury cars. It has a high safety score, a spacious interior, and a strong engine performance. The base four-cylinder turbocharged engine of this car comes with 208 horsepower. Meanwhile, the turbocharged V6 engine produces 300 horsepower, and the highest trim level puts out 400 horsepower. Its base model delivers the best fuel economy of up to 30 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $35,650

Horsepower: 208 – 400

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 13.2 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined (30 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city)

Toyota Avalon

the toyota avalon is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Toyota Avalon sedan comes under the category of large cars. It has a high-end and spacious cabin and boasts abundant driver assistance and active safety features. The Avalon also provides a strong engine, comfortable ride, and composed handling. All things considered, this sedan hardly has any weaknesses and appeals to everyone because of its low starting prices. It comes with a V6 3.5-liter engine with 301 horsepower and delivers fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $35,650

Horsepower: 301

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined (31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city)

Subaru WRX STI

the subaru wrx is faster than it looks
Photo by Michael Brochstein
Photo by Michael Brochstein

The Subaru WRX STI is more sporty than other compact cars. It earns a high safety score and highlights the easy-to-use infotainment system. The WRX STI comes with a high-performance turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 310 horsepower. So if you are looking for a powerful engine, you should go for the Subaru WRX STI as its engine sounds great and accelerates eagerly. Also, it gets up to 22 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $27,195

Horsepower: 310

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 12 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 18 mpg combined (22 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city)

Ford Mustang EcoBoost

the mustang ecoboost is faster than it looks
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal

The Ford Mustang EcoBoost is a fantastic sports car. It boasts a powerful engine with athletic handling. This car truly redefines what a muscle car should look like. The EcoBoost model of Mustang comes with a four-cylinder 2.3-liter engine that produces 310 horsepower. All in all, this engine supplies a respectable acceleration and earns 32 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $26,395

Horsepower: 310

Seating: 4

Cargo Capacity: 13.5 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined (32 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city)

Nissan 370Z

the nissan 370z is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Nissan 370Z is a sports car that provides an enjoyable driving experience. Apart from a powerful engine, it offers a modern-looking interior, tech features, comfortable seats, and a user-friendly infotainment system. The Nissan 370Z has a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 332 horsepower. Also, it comes with both a standard six-speed transmission and seven-speed automatic transmission. The car’s EPA estimates reach up to 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city, which is low compared to its rivals.

Starting price: $30,090

Horsepower: 332

Seating: 2

Cargo Capacity: 6.9 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 22 mpg combined (26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city)

Chevrolet Camaro V6

the chevy camaro is faster than it looks
Photo by Todd Korol
Photo by Todd Korol

The Chevrolet Camaro is fun-to-drive and is one of the most popular sports cars. It has a decent looking interior and delivers a well-rounded performance. Whether you stick with its four-cylinder base engine or go for V6 or V8, you will get ample energetic acceleration and power. Also, with its base engine, you get a decent fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $25,000

Horsepower: 275-650

Seating: 4

Cargo Capacity: 9 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined (31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city)

Dodge Challenger R/T

the dodge challenger is faster than it looks
Photo by Scott Legato
Photo by Scott Legato

If you want to buy a sports car with a V8 engine, then you should opt for Dodge Challenger R/T. Its powerful 5.7-liter engine produces 375 horsepower and comes with both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission. Overall, the V8 engines of Dodge Challenger are potent and smooth and emit raw power.

Starting price: $34,545

Horsepower: 375

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16.2 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 18 mpg combined (24 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in the city with 8-speed automatic transmission).

Ford Mustang GT

the ford mustang is faster than it looks
Photo by Frederic J. Brown
Photo by Frederic J. Brown

The Ford Mustang GT is highly praised because it is sturdy yet comfortable to drive. Inside the car, you will find a modern cabin that has plenty of high-tech features available. The GT model of the Ford Mustang comes with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces up to 460 horsepower. These models offer smooth shifts and are very satisfying to drive. However, they only get up to 25 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $35,630

Horsepower: 460

Seating: 4

Cargo Capacity: 13.5 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 19 mpg combined (25 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city with automatic transmission).

Mazda Miata

the mazda miata is faster than it looks
Photo by National Motor Museum
Photo by National Motor Museum

This excellent sports car is an all-around winner. It offers a comfortable cabin, easy-to-use tech features, and razor-sharp handling, providing a memorable driving experience. When it comes to performance, the Mazda Miata is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class and is quick off the line. It features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower. The Miata comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, but you can also choose a six-speed automatic transmission. With the manual transmission, the fuel economy of this efficient car gets up to 34 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $25,730

Horsepower: 181

Seating: 2

Cargo Capacity: 4.6 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 29 mpg combined (34 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city with manual transmission).

Dodge Charger R/T

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Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Dodge Charger is a large car that provides unrivaled performance dynamics and power. It boasts a roomy cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system, and the most powerful engine options in the class. The base R/T model has a Hemi 5.7-liter engine that puts out 370 horsepower, while the R/T Scat Pack model comes with a Hemi 6.4-liter engine that has 485 horsepower. These R/T trims also feature adaptive cruise control and sport suspension.

Starting price: $28,995

Horsepower: 370

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16.5 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 19 mpg combined (25 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city with manual transmission).

Volkswagen Golf GTI

the vw golf is faster than it looks
Photo by Michael Brochstein
Photo by Michael Brochstein

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best compact cars. It offers an upscale cabin, ample standard technology, and an enjoyable ride. The GTI model features a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 220 horsepower and delivers smooth shifts, making the car more lively and quick. You should definitely buy this car if you are particularly looking for large cargo space and a fun-to-drive experience.

Starting price: $19,357

Horsepower: 220

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 52.7 cubic feet (with the back row folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 28 mpg combined (33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city)

Ford Fiesta ST

the ford fiesta st is faster than it looks
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal

With strong performance and agile handling, Ford Fiesta ST stands out in its class. It offers a powerful engine, three drive modes, sporty styling enhancements, and a sport-tuned suspension. The Fiesta ST boasts a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 197 horsepower. It also comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission; and is available in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission.

Starting price: $12,205

Horsepower: 197

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 25.4 cubic feet (with the rear seats folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 29 mpg combined (33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city with six-speed manual transmission)

Ford Focus ST

the ford focus st is faster than it looks
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal

The Ford Focus ST is a great option for driving enthusiasts who are looking for a sporty compact car. It is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that puts out 252 horsepower and offers a six-speed manual transmission. It also gets a decent fuel economy of 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. Additionally, the Focus delivers sharp steering and sporty handling, making it a popular choice in the class.

Starting price: $13,011

Horsepower: 252

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 43.9 cubic feet (with the rear seats folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg combined (30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city with a six-speed manual transmission)

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

the hyundai veloster is faster than it looks
Photo by Scott Olson
Photo by Scott Olson

Over the years, the Hyundai Veloster models have improved immensely. The Turbo R-Spec models of this compact car offers reliable performance, easy-to-use tech, and a roomy interior. It comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 201 horsepower. With this engine, the R-Spec models feel more comfortable and quick. All in all, the Veloster’s Turbo R-Spec is decently powerful and smooth on the road, and it has better handling features than most of its rivals.

Starting price: $22,900

Horsepower: 201

Seating: 4

Cargo Capacity: 44 cubic feet (with the rear seats folded down)

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 29 mpg combined (33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city with a six-speed manual transmission)

Mini Cooper S

the mini cooper s is faster than it looks
Photo by National Motor Museum
Photo by National Motor Museum

This subcompact car is fun to drive and offers several features, including a superb predicted reliability rating, powerful turbo engines, sharp handling, comfortable seats, and more. It boasts a turbocharged engine that is available in both the standard six-speed manual and automatic transmission, delivering up to 189 horsepower. With this model, you can also choose to upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Starting price: $25,200

Horsepower: 189

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 13.1 cubic feet

Drivetrain: FWD (Front-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 28 mpg combined (32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city with a six-speed automatic transmission)

Kia Stinger

the kia stinger is faster than it looks
Photo by Raymond Boyd
Photo by Raymond Boyd

The Kia Stinger is one of the best luxury small cars. It comes with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission that combines to deliver excellent acceleration. For driving enthusiasts who are looking for more power, a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is the best option. This engine produces 365 horsepower and gets up to 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city.

Starting price: $31,900

Horsepower: 255 – 365

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 23.3 cubic feet (with the rear seats folded down)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 20 mpg combined (25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city)

Alfa Romeo Giulia

the alpha romeo giulia is faster then it looks
Photo by Stefano Guidi
Photo by Stefano Guidi

The Alfa Romeo Giulia ranks at the top and is one of the most athletic luxury small cars. It boasts two powerful engines, outstanding handling, high safety score, and user-friendly tech features. The 2.0-liter engine of the car puts out 280-horsepower with 8-speed automatic transmission. Whereas, the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter engine produces 505 horsepower. So if you are looking for more power, then you should go for the 2.9-liter engine.

Starting price: $38,545

Horsepower: 280 – 505

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 12 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 27 mpg combined (33 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city with its base model)

BMW 230i

teh bmw 230i is faster then it looks
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal
Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal

The 230i is one of the trims of the BMW 2 series. This small luxury car delivers a comfortable ride and outstanding performance. It is powered by a robust 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 248 horsepower. Also, its fuel economy gets up to 35 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city, which is decent enough. Overall, the BMW 230i is one of the most athletic cars in its class with dynamic handling features and responsive steering. It makes driving an enjoyable experience.

Starting price: $34,950

Horsepower: 248

Seating: 4

Cargo Capacity: 13.8 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive), AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 28 mpg combined (35 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city with Rear-Wheel Drive)

Chevrolet SS

Sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro is faster than it looks
Photo by Dünzl
Photo by Dünzl

The Chevrolet SS wipes out the competition with its dynamic handling features and potent acceleration. It offers several standard features, an upscale interior, and spacious seating for 5. This high-performance sedan has a powerful V8 engine with 415 horsepower, which provides a forceful acceleration, reaching up to 60 mph of speed in less than 5 seconds. You can choose from a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

Starting Price: $40,000

Horsepower: 415

Seating: 5

Cargo Capacity: 16.4 cubic feet (trunk space)

Drivetrain: RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)

Fuel Economy: 16 mpg combined (22 mpg on the highway and 14 mpg in the city)