With used car prices still high, it's getting tougher to find affordable power. But deals are out there if you know where to look, and we'll help you find them with our latest list of 300-horsepower cars you can buy for under $10,000.
The parameters for these selections are simple. We're looking to hit a $10,000 price point, although there are a few exceptions to the rule. And because people now keep their cars for nearly 12 years, we increased the age range to match, too. That puts our search somewhere in the area of 2012 vehicles, give or take a model year. We also put the mileage target between 85,000 to 100,000 miles to reflect the higher age of these vehicles.
We then turned to the experts at Kelly Blue Book to determine the private party value of the vehicles identified. In addition to the above parameters, we also indicated the cars be rated "Good" for condition, and since KBB's tool forced us to choose a color, we picked the ever-popular Silver. So here we go. Get your checkbooks out for this year's list of cars with 300 horsepower for under $10,000.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro LS V6: $9,272
|Transmission||Six-Speed Automatic / Six-Speed Manual|
|0-60 MPH||6.0 Seconds|
Just like with the Mustang, you used to be able to buy a used Chevy Camaro with a V8 for under $10,000, but times have changed. Instead, we’re left with the V6 option in the 2011 Chevy Camaro LS. At least you’ll have bragging rights over Mustang owners because your 3.6-liter V6 makes 312 horsepower to the ‘Stang’s 305. Plus, these older Camaro models have the best version of the car’s design from the days before Chevy designers began fussing with it.
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero: $8,936
|Engine||Turbocharged 2.8-Liter V6|
|0-60 MPH||6.3 Seconds|
This model year was near the end of the line for Saab as a going concern, and the fact that the 9-5 at the time was an all-new design makes this car even more of a unicorn. If you can find the top-of-the-line Aero model, though, you’ll get a great-looking Swedish sedan with a unique turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine producing 300 horsepower. It even comes with all-wheel drive, making the 2011 9-5 a nice option for cold climates. Since Saab no longer exists, you may have trouble finding parts or service, but that’s a small price to pay for driving something truly unique.
2012 BMW 550i Sedan: $7,932
|Engine||Turbocharged 4.4-Liter V8|
|0-60 MPH||4.3 Seconds|
The F10 BMW 5 Series dropped its predecessor's 4.8-liter V8 for a smaller but turbocharged 4.4-liter engine, upping its output from 360 horsepower to a hearty 400 and improving its 60 time by half a second. The F10 generation also marked the arrival of a new eight-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and all-wheel drive. KBB estimates that one in good condition with 85,000 miles on the odometer will cost you $7,932, but if you’re willing to risk a car with over 100,000 miles, you might find one for even cheaper.
2012 Chrysler 300C: $9,105
|0-60 MPH||5.3 Seconds|
If you want a large rear-wheel-drive sedan, try the 2012 Chrysler 300C. It comes with the brand’s venerable 5.7-liter V8 engine producing 363 horsepower (a few more than the 550i). This model year was right after the 300’s major redesign and came with upgrades like a super large 8.4-inch infotainment screen with the brand’s much-loved Uconnect operating system. Despite this car being a decade old, its tech package at the time was advanced and has kept the car feeling modern even by today’s standards.
2012 Dodge Charger R/T: $9,934
|0-60 MPH||5.8 Seconds|
Dodge updated the Charger in 2011, marking the nameplate’s seventh generation. That change marked the arrival of newer and more powerful variants, like the R/T, which upped its output to 370 horsepower from its 5.7-liter Hemi V8. While still not nearly as affordable as its predecessor, you should be able to snag a seventh-gen Charger for under $10,000 if you know where to look.
2012 Ford Taurus SHO w/ Performance Package: $9,109
|Engine||Twin-Turbo 3.5-Liter V6|
|0-60 MPH||5.2 Seconds|
If you’re looking for pure performance, you may be surprised to find it in a Ford Taurus. The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, however, was the rebirth of the marque’s famous Super High Output model from the late 1980s and 1990s, and you can get a 2012 model for under our price cap. Featuring a twin-turbocharged 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6, it produced 365 horsepower. If you can find one with the Performance Package, get it. This option included a host of enhancements like better brakes, steering tweaks, a Sport Mode for the stability control, summer tires, and a spare tire delete to save a little bit of weight.
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0: $9,731
|0-60 MPH||4.9 Seconds|
The Hyundai Genesis launched in the 2009 model year, and by 2012 was being offered with a giant 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 429 horsepower. That’s 29 more horsepower than the original Dodge Viper, which you assuredly can’t buy for under 10 large. Hyundai also offered an R-Spec version of this model that added some go-fast hardware, but unfortunately, it doesn’t fall under our price target. So you’ll have to make do with this fine-handling, luxurious, high-tech, powerful luxury sedan as is. You’ll be OK, we promise.
2012 Infiniti G37 S Coupe: $10,071
|0-60 MPH||5.4 Seconds|
Sure, you should be able to find a base Infiniti G37 coupe for well under $10,000. But if you want the sportier S model and are willing to risk it on a car with 100,000 miles, you’ll get a 330-hp version with bigger brakes, bigger wheels, a six-speed manual, and a sportier suspension setup. The 3.7-liter V6 gives it a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds. Granted, the G37 S doesn’t exactly meet the criteria of "under $10,000," according to KBB, but what’s $71 between friends?
2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: $8,623
|Engine||Supercharged 5.0-Liter V8|
|0-60 MPH||4.9 Seconds|
Jaguar updated the look of its supercharged XF in 2011, but it still wins the award for being the most powerful car you can buy for under $10,000. Its breathing-assisted 5.0-liter V8 engine produces a staggering 470 horsepower. Sure, these weren’t the most reliable machines when new, but if you look for ones with a full history of recorded maintenance, you should be fine. The 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged has made this list every year we’ve done it, and may never be toppled as the King of Cheap Horsepower.
2013 BMW 335i Coupe: $9,290
|Engine||Turbocharged 3.0-Liter I6|
|0-60 MPH||5.1 Seconds|
A year before BMW killed off the 3 Series coupe and turned it into the 4 Series, the 335i was a reasonably fun luxury performance car that packed a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six engine, a six-speed manual, and rear-wheel drive. Find one with just over 85,000 miles and KBB estimates that you should be able to take it home for under $10,000.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8: $9,369
|0-60 MPH||5.5 Seconds|
Not only did the Genesis Coupe get a new look for 2013 that included an updated interior, but Hyundai added more oomph to the 3.8-liter model giving it 333 horsepower. With that punchier V6 and rear-wheel drive, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 could scoot to 60 in just 5.5 seconds. Find one in good condition with 85,000 on the odometer, and KBB says you should be able to take it home for less than $10,000.
2014 Cadillac CTS Coupe: $9,034
|0-60 MPH||6.0 Seconds|
Even though Cadillac updated the CTS sedan for the 2014 model year, the coupe soldiered on into the new year with minimal changes. It still packed a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 318 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive. You should be able to find a few well-kept examples for under the $10,000 mark.
2015 Ford Mustang V6: $10,938
|0-60 MPH||5.5 Seconds|
We’re stretching the definition (again) of "under $10,000," but only by a few hundred bucks. If you find one with 100,000 miles on the odometer, KBB says you should be able to take home a 2015 Mustang V6 for under $11,000. Prices are destined to drop further with the arrival of the new 2024 model. At that price, you get a 3.7-liter V6 engine good for 300 horsepower, paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. That will get you to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds.