U.S. News compiled a list of “The Fastest New Cars Under $50,000 for 2020.” The auto reviewer found that high-performance vehicles don’t have to be limited to sports cars. There are sedans, coupes, and even an SUV that can come close to beating the speed barrier records. Testing the 0-to-60 mph acceleration time and compiling data from other industry experts enabled U.S. News to select fast-paced vehicles worthy of their list. The best part of the selection process is that all the cars tested come with a price tag that won’t break the bank. There are 30 choices on the list that provide the perfect balance between performance and price.
The 2020 BMW X2 M35i earned a spot on the coveted list with the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The sticker price of $46,450 and U.S. News’ overall score of 7.7 makes it a vehicle worth considering for those looking for an adrenaline boost.
The fastest car you can get for under $50,000
The 1957 Chevy Corvette was one of the fastest cars of its time, going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. In comparison, that is the same acceleration rate of today’s 2020 Honda Odyssey minivan.
Cars have come a long way since the early days of automotive manufacturing. The 2020 Corvette now has a powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 495 hp, going from 0 to 60 mph in a record 2.8 seconds. Chevrolet is working on a hybrid variant that will achieve lighting speeds, generating close to 1,000 hp. This incredible feat will undoubtedly make the prototype the fastest car in the world.
The 2020 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package hits 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, earning the top spot on U.S. News List of the fastest cars under $50,000. The powerful V8 pushes 460 hp with the 10-speed automatic transmission leading the way. Not only is this car fast, but the predicted reliability score is above average and offers superior handling capabilities.
Performance specs for the BMW X2 M35i
One of the fastest SUVs on the market is the blazing fast 2020 BMW X2 M35i. Priced below $50,000, it outpaces all other vehicles in its class. Rounding out the middle of the pack, the BMW X2 is the only SUV earning a spot on the U.S. News list.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the BMW pushes 301 hp with ease. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and lively exhaust, the all-wheel-drive vehicle handles more like a car than a crossover.
Car and Driver took the BMW X2 M35i out to the track and was able to take a 13.1-second quarter-mile pass at 105 mph. Talking performance specs, the test driver stated, “This setup blasts the X2 around town… There’s no question it means business.”
Is the BMW X2 worth the sticker price?
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The 2020 BMW X2 earned the No. 4 ranking on the U.S. News list of luxury subcompact SUVs. It didn’t make it to the top spot because of the “snug back seat” and the below-average cargo carrying capacity. The coupe-like X2 offers a high quality designed interior complemented by standard tech and safety features to allow a comfortable ride for all passengers.
U.S. News claims that the X2 is “definitely worth a look, but there are some alternatives in the segment that you may want to check out first.” Ironically, the biggest competitor for the X2 is the BMW X1 sibling model that carries a lower starting price.
Ranked No. 2 in the luxury subcompact SUV class, receiving an 8.2 overall score, the X1 boasts a roomy cabin with plenty of room for cargo. Similar in many aspects, the X2 outperforms when it comes to speed. The BMW X1 hits 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, considerably slower than the 4.7 seconds that the X2 is capable of achieving.