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Top 5 performance cars on a budget


Lists like these are everywhere, but only a few of those cars are truly affordable budget beasts. Today, the budget is only $5000, and although these are not supercar killers for cheap, they can give you great power or handling to help you have a bit more fun than just driving a hand-me-down.

1.Acura Integra/RSX


DC5 Acura RSX Type-S (RICHARD BUNNER/ Ethic Photo)

 Best Years: 1994-2006

Usual Price: $1500-$5000

Engine: DOHC 4 cylinder VTEC

Body Style: Coupe

Drive: Front Wheel

With the Acura Integra and RSX being one of the most common tuner cars on the street, it’s not hard to go out and spot one. Their popularity is not just due to the courtesy of the incredible amounts of aftermarket support from brands such as Spoon and GReddy, but also because of their dual-overhead cam engines with VTEC technology and lightweight. They are a great way to get into a good handling coupe for a good price.


2.Mazda MX-5 Miata


NA Mazda MX-5 Miata (Photo By The Drive

Best years: 1989-2005

Usual Price: $800-$3000

Engine: DOHC 4 cylinder

Body Style: Roadster

Drive: Rear Wheel

The Mazda Miata is a legend for its perfect 50/50 Weight distribution, epic handling capabilities, and iconic pop-up headlights. It does not, by any means, make much power stock, but bolt on engine mods are aplenty and acceleration can be improved by some easy weight reduction.


  1. Literally Any Honda Civic

Fifth Generation Honda Civic Hatchback (Photo from Pinterest)

Best Years: All of them

Usual Price: $500- $5000

Engine: DOHC VTEC 4 cylinder/SOHC 4 cylinder

Body Style: Coupe/Hatchback/Sedan

Drive: Front Wheel

The Honda Civic is one of the most iconic cars for almost anything and everything automotive. It has a very capable FF platform for modifications and tuning and has the widest selection of aftermarket parts in the market. The most desired models are the higher trim levels, especially the Si model.


4.The Ford Mustang Foxbody


Fox Body Mustang 5.0 Notchback (Photo by The Drive

Best Years:1979-1993

Usual Price: $1500-$5000

Engine:2.6L V6/5L V8

Body Style: Coupe/Notchback

Drive: Rear Wheel

Considered an American automotive icon, the Ford Mustang is one of the most popular performance cars ever produced in the United States. They are a great platform for modification or just plain fun. The generation known as “The Foxbody” has a reputation for its low-revving five liter V8 and its availability of parts that can be found online and locally.


5.Ford Crown Victoria


Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor on Air Suspension (Photo From Slammed Sanctuary)

Best Years: 1998-2012

Usual Price: $800-$4500

Engine: 4.6L V8

Body Style: Sedan

Drive: Rear Wheel

The Crown Victoria used to be the car of choice for police and taxi drivers alike. Usually found on Craigslist or related sites as a retired police interceptor, these can be found at an affordable price. With its rugged body on frame design, the Crown Victoria can take almost anything and look good doing it. With a reliable three-speed automatic transmission and 4.6l V8, the Crown Vic has enough power for basically anything from daily commuting to powerslides (which should only be done on a track).



Remember, all racing should be done on a track with proper safety gear. All modifications should be performed by a professional.

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