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When it comes to performance cars, it’s so easy to get lost in numbers. Anymore, a car that doesn’t crack off a zero to 60 mph run in three seconds or less doesn’t seem all that fast. However, there are plenty of cars on the market that can’t even come close to touching that speed. In fact, there are some cars you can still buy brand new that can’t even reach 60 miles per hour in the same timeframe it takes a Ford GT500 to run a quarter-mile. We’re talking double digits, baby! Here are the five slowest new cars to 60 mph!

Buick Encore Leather

A white 2023 Buick Encore GX subcompact crossover SUV model parked on a driveway near flowerbeds
2023 Buick Encore | Buick

According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 Buick Encore Leather is the fifth slowest new car to attain that sweet 60 mph mark.

This goofy-looking little crossover comes with a not-so-potent four-cylinder engine. Despite having a turbocharger, the 1.4-liter unit doesn’t pack much punch. With your foot to the floor, the Encore Leather will take a solid 11 seconds to muster up the courage to cross that 60 mph mark.

At least it gets over 30 miles per gallon, though.

Hyundai Kona SEL

A blue 2022 Hyundai kona cheap SUV is parked.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

Another entrant from the subcompact SUV category holds up spot number four on this list. The Hyundai Kona SEL uses a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine.

CR describes the engine as “feeling sluggish at times.” That makes perfect sense because the Kona SEL needs 11.1 seconds to climb to 60 miles per hour. Ouch.

Toyota C-HR

Dark red Toyota C-HR Nightshade Edition in a dark and moody photoshoot location
Toyota C-HR Nightshade Edition | Toyota

The Toyota C-HR definitely has its place in this world, as it’s advertised to get upwards of 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

However, the last place you’ll find it is at a racetrack. Its unimpressive 2.0-liter four-cylinder manages to only push this subcompact SUV from zero to 60 mph in 11.2 seconds.

Believe it or not, that’s the final subcompact SUV/Crossover entrant on this list. Prepare yourselves because it’s about to get tiny!

Chevrolet Spark 1LT

Front angle view of turquoise 2022 Chevy Spark, the only American car that costs less than $15,000
2022 Chevy Spark | Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Spark is one of the cheapest brand new cars you can buy today. It also delivers some impressive fuel economy ratings, with the high end of the highway rating reading an impressive 44 miles per gallon.

However, the Spark’s use of a tiny 1.4-liter inline-four makes only 98 horsepower. Consumer Reports doesn’t give it high regard, either, describing the engine as producing “leisurely acceleration along with plenty of engine drone.”

The lowly Chevrolet Spark 1LT is good for a zero to 60 mile per hour sprint in 12 seconds. That makes it the second slowest on the list!

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Side view of yellow 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage, the best non-hybrid gas-powered car to save money on gas
2022 Mitsubishi Mirage | Mitsubishi

The Mirage isn’t just one of the cheapest brand new cars you can buy. It is the single cheapest brand new car you can buy. As you might expect, that comes with some compromise when it comes to features, ride quality, and, well, everything else.

Its 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine makes an abysmal 78 horsepower. So, while it’s the cheapest, it’s also the slowest. The Mirage takes 12.1 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph.

However, it does have some good things going for it. You get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Not bad!

Not everything is fast, and that’s OK

Realistically, nobody goes into one of these cars hoping it’ll be fast. Everyone needs to be honest with themselves about what purpose these cars serve. They’re affordable cars that get great fuel economy and are perfectly fine for getting you from point A to point B.

It just won’t be that enjoyable of an experience, is all.


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