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Affordable Slightly-Used High Horsepower Cars of 2020

Buying a slightly used sports car can be a great way to get the car you want without paying top dollar. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to buying a sports car that is a year old, and if you’re looking to get something affordable that still pushes some performance-worthy power, these are some of the best options on the market.

2020 Ford Mustang GT — 460 hp

The Ford Mustang is one of those sports cars people just love to hate. Regardless of personal opinions, the 2020 Mustang GT is a great option if you want a sporty and reliable sports car that offers an ample amount of stock horsepower without breaking your budget. MSRP starts at $35,880, and drivers looking for a closer experience with their car can be happy knowing it is still offered with a manual transmission option.

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2020 Dodge Charger R/T — 370 hp

The 2020 Dodge Charger R/T might not seem like much because it’s a four-door sedan, but its 370 hp beg to differ. In fact, the size and space that the car has to offer to make it one of the most practical options of any sports car you can buy. Some people may not like it because of the four-door body style and sheer size, but that is also what makes it a practical daily driver and even a responsibly family vehicle.

An orange dodge charger on display
2020 Dodge Charger SXT | Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

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2020 Dodge Challenger R/T — 375 hp

That’s right, another Dodge on the list. The 2020 Dodge Challenger R/T is another MOPAR favorite among enthusiasts for many reasons. It’s affordable and practical, boasting about 375 hp that you can still enjoy daily driving. The Challenger still offers a decent amount of interior space and plenty of cargo capacity to daily drive, even if it isn’t as big as the four-door Charger.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS — 455 hp

The Chevrolet Camaro SS is another American muscle car favorite, and with 455 hp this sporty two-door offers just as much practicality as the Challenger — but for Chevy fans. Prices on the 2020 Camaro SS seem to be all over the board depending on many factors, but you can expect to pay less than $40,000 for most of them in good condition.

A white 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
A Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 | Matt Jelonek, Getty Images

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When you buy a slightly used sports car, such as any of these year old options, you avoid the initial depreciation of first ownership, and usually by this point any problems or recalls have typically been discovered so you can plan accordingly.

Of course, if you want to upgrade to higher trim levels for more powerful options of these cars you can expect to see higher price tags. Going back a few years for the same generation could also mean even more savings, but these slightly used models are new enough for most people’s comfort, and affordable enough to justify buying.