5 Affordable “Sleeper Cars” You Should Buy Now

If you’re looking for a fast car, but don’t want to attract the wrong type of attention, then a “sleeper car” is what you need to look into. For those not in the know, a “sleeper” is an unassuming car that doesn’t look like it would be fast by any means but can blow the doors off of most of the cars that it would line up at the drag strip with, or perhaps a stop light And while we don’t condone street racing, we do like a good sleeper car because although racing might not be an everyday occurrence, getting in and around traffic is and the following five sleeper car has enough horsepower to do just that and more.  

2019 Ford Flex EcoBoost

We did say that a sleeper car is unassuming, but we didn’t say that it to necessarily be a car. While the beauty of the Ford Flex might not lie in its boxy exterior, it’s what is under the hood that counts. The Flex is offered with either a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 287 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque or a more potent twin-turbo V6 that pushes out 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

The latter is able to scoot this refrigerator box on wheels up to 60 mph in around 6 seconds, according to Car and Driver, which is not slow considering it weighs around 4,500 pounds. You can currently find a Flex EcoBoost for around $25,000 to $38,000, depending on the car’s condition and location.

Ford Flex in blue
2019 Ford Flex

2017 Volvo Polestar S60

If you’re looking for a comfortable car that’s not only unassuming but can get to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, then the Volvo Polestar S60 is a great choice. The Polestar S60 looks like a normal road-going sedan that’s fit take the kids to school in the morning and sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the afternoon, however, one stab at the gas pedal will reveal 362 hp and 347 lb-ft that it has on tap.

Under the hood lies a supercharged and turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine that is able to get this sedate-looking sedan up to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, according to Car and Driver. Used examples in good condition are currently going for around $30,000, which is a fair price to pay for this level of comfort and performance.

2017 Chevrolet SS

For those that would rather have some all-American muscle, but don’t want to exude the “I might be middle-aged” look with a Corvette, the Chevrolet SS could be the answer. This large, five-seat sedan is comfortable enough to be driven across the country but can also be driven to the drag strip on a weekend night and run with the best of them. It’s performance stats belie sedate look as the SS can get to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds thanks to a 415-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

It might not look the part, but the SS will bring back those old American muscle car feelings with one press of the throttle. Due to the SS being discontinued and somewhat rare, used-car pricing for it falls in the $38k to $40k range.

a red Chevrolet SS
2014 Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet

2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

While Honda announced that it will be doing away with the manual-transmission Accord after 2020, now is a great chance to pick one up on the used market. And while the 2018-2020 Honda Accord Sport doesn’t look like much, that’s basically the whole point. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and is able to get this plebian family hauler up to 60 in about 6 seconds, which is quick for not only a family sedan but also for a Honda model, in general.  You can currently find an Accord Sport 2.0T for around $22,000 to $25,000.

red 2018 honda accord sport
2018 Honda Accord Sport | Honda

2006 Mazdaspeed 6

While it’s old, outdated, and long discontinued, the Mazdaspeed6 can still be considered the epitome of sleeper sedans. It was only in production from 2006 to 2008, so finding one on the used market can be a little tough, but if you do, then you’ll be happy see that most of them are priced at around $5,000 to $7,000 depending on the car’s condition and location. For that small sum of money, the Mazdaspeed6 will get you up to 60 mph in around 6.1 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 14.3, thanks to its turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that produces 274 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It might not look super sporty, but then again, that’s the whole point.  

silver mazdaspeed6
2006 Mazdaspeed6 | Mazda

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