2008 Hyundai Sonata SE
The unassuming 2008 Hyundai Sonata SE can get up and go. With its 3.3-liter V6 engine, it can do 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.9 seconds. The car produces 234 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. The manual SE model starts at around $19,570.
2008 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Starting at $24,300, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI can do 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Plus, a best-in-class interior means you can zip around in comfort and style.
2008 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V
The 2008 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V may have four doors, but that doesn't mean it's your typical sedan. With a 6.8-second 0 to 60 time, it features a 2.5-liter engine capable of producing 200 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This sporty four-door has an MSRP of $20,260, making it the cheapest car on our list.
2008 Honda Civic Si Coupe
The 2008 Honda Civic Si Coupe has an MSRP of $21,110 and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds -- 1 second faster than the standard Civic coupe. The Si features a 197-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. With a sporty exhaust note, a rear spoiler and 17-inch wheels, this car sounds fast, looks fast, and moves fast.
2008 Volvo C30
"Fast Volvo" is no longer an oxymoron. According to reports, the 2008 Volvo C30 can achieve 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, drastically shortening the time needed for Ikea runs. Pricing for the Volvo C30 begins around $22,950, and all models feature the same T5 turbocharged inline engine with five cylinders.
2008 MINI Cooper S
For close to $21,200 the 2008 Mini Cooper S offers stylish looks, great handling, and plenty of power with a 0 to 60 time of 6.2 seconds. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine which produces an impressive 172 horsepower, making the Mini the little car that can ... blow you away.
2008 Volkswagen GTI Coupe
The 2008 Volkswagen GTI Coupe can get from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds. For as little as $22,800, the GTI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine capable of producing 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. If you can live with its spotty reliability record, you??ve found yourself a winner.
2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4
Those who say a wagon can't be fast haven't met the 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4. It can do 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, and its 2.4-liter turbocharged engine is just 15 horses shy of running with a 2008 Ford Mustang GT. That's right: the Caliber SRT4 has 285 horsepower at its disposal. Even better, it starts at $22,435.
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
Underneath the 2008 Subaru WRX's unconventional skin is a hot rod that can go from 0 to 60 in just under 5.8 seconds. Proving that it's what's inside that counts, the WRX features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 224 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. However, with its $24,350 price tag, the WRX barely makes it into the under $25,000 category.
The 2008 MazdaSpeed3 is a bad boy hatchback that can do 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, making it the quickest on our list. Not bad for a car that costs close to $22,340 and comes with a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, and sporty exterior styling. Under the hood is a 2.3-liter engine that makes 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Zoom zoom, indeed.