Top Recommended Performance Vehicles

Like luxury, performance continues to be more democratic. Eighty years ago it was Ford’s first V8, while more recently – say, in the last 40 years – it’s been the advent of the hot hatch. And while insurance costs and volatile fuel prices impact the sale of performance cars and trucks on an all-too-regular basis, today we’re at a high water mark, where carmakers are able (and willing) to offer explosive performance at relatively low price points. If you want 700+ horsepower in a (relatively) practical 4-door sedan, your Dodge dealer can supply it! And unlike the ‘60s and ‘70s, when ‘muscle’ was first added to ‘car’, we now have chassis and safety systems able to handle the enhanced performance.

2016 Golf GTI

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$24,995 - $31,630
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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 25 City / 34 Hwy
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2017 Corvette

2017 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette has been around for seven generations.In human terms, that means the 2017 Corvette C7 has a great-great-great-great grandfather.Although it must be said that car generations are more like dog years.Some teenagers today have just-plain grandfathers who owned a new 1953 Corvette.So it's truly come a long way in a relatively short time.

Truly a long way, styling-wise.The C7 is a wild, extroverted scoop addict, far removed from the sleek C6 that it recently replaced.Teenagers love it.We can attest to that, with all the thumbs-up we got while driving our test model.

Needless to say, the Corvette offers astonishing acceleration, amazing …

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$55,450 - $83,450
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Engine Engine 6.2LV-8
MPG MPG 16 City / 25 Hwy
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2017 Camaro

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

When you think of places you'd want to take the 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, what comes to mind? Perhaps a drag strip, where you could verify Chevrolet's claimed 3.5-second 0–60-mph and 11.4-second quarter-mile times? Maybe a road course such as Willow Springs, where we first drove the hardtop. How about 500 miles of relentlessly straight interstate? Well, as you may have guessed, one of these is not like the others, and it happened to be the choice of Chevrolet. To try out the current range-topping Camaro's droptop iteration, Chevy organized a road trip from Charlotte, North Carolina, down to Daytona, …

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$25,905 - $67,140
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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 22 City / 31 Hwy
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2017 Mustang

2017 Ford Mustang

The Mustang was redesigned for 2015, featuring an independent suspension to replace the live axle in the rear end, and introducing a turbocharged four-cylinder in addition to the V6 and V8 engines.Actually, it was a return of the four-cylinder turbo, but since the original was decades ago and ahead of its time, and not particularly successful except as a pioneer, it almost doesn't count.

Like it did 50 years ago, the Mustang comes as a Fastback coupe, convertible, and high-performance Shelby 350GT.It's still a 2+2 at heart, although now it's nearly as big as a midsize Ford Fusion, at 188.3 inches …

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$25,185 - $42,695
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Engine Engine 3.7LV-6
MPG MPG 18 City / 27 Hwy
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