Car buyers have many great choices for 2012 when looking at cars for under $50,000. If you want power, this price range will get you a car with nearly 500 horsepower. This price range will also get you a lot of luxury. We make our picks for the best cars under $50,000.
The Audi S4 is essentially the sporty, high performance trim of the A4, which is Audi’s luxury compact sedan. It offers a powerful 3.0-liter 333 horsepower supercharged V6. The 2012 S4 starts at a price of about $48,000 in the Premium Plus trim line that has standard leather seats, sunroof, 18” wheels, and all-wheel drive.
With a 7-speed automatic, the model is rated at 18-mpg city and 28-mpg highway. Buyers seeking a larger, more comfortable Audi should opt for the A6, which starts under $50,000.
BMW 5 Series
The 2012 BMW 5 Series starts at a price of about $47,000. The big news for 2012 is that BMW is offering a new 2.0-liter 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine as their standard engine replacing a 3.0-liter inline 6. Fuel economy is expected to be 22-mpg city and 32-mpg highway in this midsize luxury sedan.
BMWs are notorious for creeping up in price with added options and trim lines. Buyers seeking to stay under $50,000 may want to opt for the 335d, which is the fuel efficient, yet powerful diesel version of the compact 3 series.
Chrysler 300 SRT8
This is not your typical Chrysler. The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 has a massive 465 horsepower 6.4-lite V8 engine. With a starting price of about $49,000, the 300 SRT8’s estimated fuel economy is 14-mpg city and 23-mpg highway.
This model is one of the fastest new cars you can buy for under $50,000. According to Motor Trend, the 300 SRT8 has a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. Buyers may also want to opt for the Charger SRT8, which has the same engine and price range as the 300 SRT8. If you don’t need four doors, the Chevy Camaro SS is also an excellent American performance car in this price range.
Volvo AWD S60 R-Design
Most people don’t think of sporty and fast when they think of Volvo, safety and luxury are more likely to come to mind. But don’t overlook this model. It offers a 3.0-liter 325 horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with fuel economy rated at 18-mpg city and 26-mpg highway. The 2012 Volvo AWD S60 R-Design has an MSRP of $42,500.
These four models represent some of the best cars under $50,000 on the market. Buyers need to carefully evaluate their needs and test drive models to get the one that is the best fit.
Other models to consider for under $50,000 include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and powerful Hyundai Genesis R-Spec. For a few dollars more, buyers can consider the Jaguar XF, Chevy Corvette, and Porsche Cayman.
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