The chassis can be further customized with Dodge’s performance pages, including the ability to tweak throttle response, shift mapping, and steering feel. That shows a lot of promise – it’s got close to 200bhp from its creamy-smooth straight-six, BMW sold oodles of them so you can pick and choose your spec depending on whether you want to be OAP-stealthy or pseudo-M3-flashy, and the grown-up interior will make you feel like a winner. This isn’t a buying guide (though we’ve dropped in a few nuggets of advice here and there), but where appropriate you’ll find links to cars we’ve covered in more depth elsewhere. But the nat-asp CLK 320 is more powerful and, if you have a look through the classifieds, you’ll spot that these first-gen models are starting to dip below the £1,000 mark. Paired with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has plenty of potential thanks to a massive aftermarket, this presents an affordable option for someone looking for something quick and pretty. $27,495 | 268 hp | USN Performance Score: 7.7/10. Our trusty companions, CarGurus and AutoTrader reveal just how much it costs to get one today. Top 3 mods: COBB Accessport, Eibach ARBs, Cusco strut brace. Definitely snag one of these up if you are at all interested in cheap muscle. The six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will net you slightly less power: 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle has been updated for 2020 with further visual and performance flair. Boasting a classic, big-block American V8, this Charger is a definite contender for the fastest car under $10,000. With winter well on its way, now could be a good time to buy a convertible. Go on AutoTrader today and you are sure to see plenty of these listed for just under the magical $10,000. One such hit was the S-type R, which was talented enough at launch in 2002 to do the unthinkable – give the E39 BMW M5 a bit of a kicking. Luckily, time heals all wounds, and the years have allowed once unobtainable cars to become quite obtainable. This example looks fairly tidy – although we’d be asking the seller to stick a fresh MOT on it. The 2008 model year Cobalt SS can be found on CarGurus and Auto Trader for the low price of $7,000. But the nat-asp CLK 320 is more powerful and, if you have a look through the classifieds, you’ll spot that these first-gen models are starting to dip below the £1,000 mark. U.S. News & World Report is your prime source of up-to-date car information. Vauxhall Corsas aren’t exciting, but as the second most popular new car in the UK there are plenty around in the classifieds. Explore our new car rankings, where you can see which cars or trucks deserve a spot on your shopping list. Easily the most insane horsepower to dollar ration on this list. We’ll start with one of the most undesirable cars currently listed on Auto Trader – but bear with us. Renaultsport Clio 172 The 172 is in an interesting position right now. This car has a cult like following ever… This 1.2-litre Initia could be a sound buy. But the later, and perhaps less-loved FN2 Civic Type R represents excellent value right now as the newest of the bunch – and as the very last naturally aspirated Civic Type R. For a start, they’re reliable. In the car world, this is a major steal. It remains a thoroughly sensible yet curiously appealing option. Yes, they’re a bit rough around the edges, but you’re not looking for a concours show car at this price are you? Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with manual mode. A limited-slip differential helps put power to the road, and can be upgraded to a Torsen limited-slip rear axle. The Civic is easily one of the best cars under $1000 out there. Back when it was new in the late-1990s, it was roundly praised for being the best FWD car that money could buy, and the subsequent hot Clios – the 182, 197 and so on – have continued the trend. AutoTrader shows these going for a steal at $9,000, which is insane when you realize they were going for $70,000 when new. The formula is simple: a 332-horsepower V6 engine, routing power through a manual or automatic transmission to the rear wheels. But not necessarily. 14 Photos. Things have changed since 2010, however. Lancia Hyena Zagato joins Jalpa, RS500 and more at Race Retro auction, Honda Prelude - review, history, prices and specs, 2020 Fiat 500 priced from £19,995 in the UK, Land Rover Defender 90 X P400 2020 review – heart over head, Behind the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT3. For 2020, Mazda has added standard driver-assistance features like blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. If you are interested in a cheap, American tuner, this is the car for you. But the 328i? It’s time to be sensible again. related: 10 Amazing Used Roadsters That Aren't A Miata. We called it ‘stunning but not showy’ on first acquaintance in issue 096, and they’re a touch more affordable today than the entry-level Cayman that debuted in the same issue. Top 3 mods: K&N Apollo induction, Remus exhaust, remap. An interesting alternative to a Mondeo, the 6 should prove to be reliable – but do look out for rust. Especially where its value has gone in today's saturated market because AutoTrader has cars with relatively low miles going for about $9,500. The 2008 BMW 550i is a great starting point for anyone looking for a modern-looking BMW that also happens to have a great sounding 4.8 liter V8. The CityRover was a desperate attempt to launch a supermini with zero budget whatsoever, and it’s nothing more than a rebadged Indian-market Tata Indica. There’s an LSD as standard, a superb all-independent suspension setup with nice thick anti-roll bars that makes it handle like an absolute champ, and if you buy a post-1998 one you get a 6-speed gearbox. Much lower. No accident or damage … Sure, it may not be the most reliable car out there, but it's a true land yacht that's happy to provide you with either 367 or 500 horsepower, based on the model year, courtesy of a 6.0L V12. As a result, it provides 17.4 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats, and up to 53.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. Top 3 mods: sheepskin jacket, fat cigar, copy of Racing Post. It looks a steal… although the short MOT is a little off-putting. Strip out the interior to improve that power-to-weight ratio, and you’ll have a properly quick car. Top 3 mods: BC Racing coilovers, Mishimoto intake, Borla exhaust. Under the hood was the 4.2-liter V8 with 340 HP which sounded great and revved all the way up to 7,000 rpm. The WRX has a turbocharged Boxer engine that sits low in the car for a better center-of-gravity. You will not have to break the bank either, clean cars with moderate to high mileage can be found on CarGurus for a paltry $6,000. So no mods required here – if you want a surprisingly quick car for under a grand that you can just jump into and be silly with, get a CLK 320. Of course, when it comes to a car’s reliability there are a … You don’t get a manual gearbox or an LSD unfortunately, but you do get loads of wood and leather, which will be slightly tatty at this price point but who cares? Being 10 years old, the car still has a modern appeal and comes with the peace of mind afforded by Lexus' reputation for reliability. Copyright 2020 © U.S. News & World Report. But a few hung around unregistered – like, presumably, this one. Hopefully you’re learning by now, however, if you’re looking at sub-£1,000, it pays to consider motors that everyone else will overlook. All in a car that looks like an OAP popping to the garden centre. The GTO came with a massive 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 that made a cool 400 horsepower. (If you do, grab it with both hands!). Just bear in mind that’ll be a bit thirsty. Although they electronically limited it, its top speed was 155 mph. There is also something to be said about this car's looks, despite the subjectivity associated with beauty, the SC400 has definitely withstood the test of time. Seriously, they’re cheap, and a shortage of buyers gives plenty of haggling scope. If the corner-carving focus of the Nissan Z or Mazda Miata piques your interest, check out the Subaru BRZ. Therefore, the Corvette C4 presents the perfect value proposition of car enthusiasts on a budget. They’ve seen the way 205 GTI values are skyrocketing and they’re eyeing this up as the next big thing. It is, as you might imagine, rather brisk: sub-six seconds to 62mph, and 160mph-plus if you find a long enough stretch of derestricted road. A Drive Mode Selector allows the Camaro to go from comfortable cruiser to corner-carver with the push of a button. All you need to see over 300bhp is a remap, 3” downpipe and uprated exhaust. The Z28 has long been one of the most coveted among the diverse range of Camaros. Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the. As such, they’re cheap (no one under the age of 70 really wants a Fusion) and have tended to have led easy lives. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report for the vehicle may contain more current information. $23,350 | 201 hp | USN Performance Score: 8.1/10. Will the appeal of dropping a large engine in a relatively compact car ever wane? It’s remarkable that you can now pick up a second-generation example within our budget, although do expect it to be a little tired at this price. All it will cost to get into one of these today, according to AutoTrader, is about $7,500.