Fastest Car for the Money

Fastest Car For the Money
2011 Hyundai Sonata

What is the fastest car for the money? How much Horsepower are you getting for your monthly lease payment? Or asked another way, How much are you paying per Horsepower?  Are you getting the most performance for your dollar? While we typically think of car financing as a practical matter, there are other reasons to buy and lease cars other than simply trying to save on gas or get the most practical family sedan for our monthly payment. For good reason, we are practical with car leasing. Our most common goal in leasing cars usually includes a combination of factors that we hope can meet our practical expectations: Saving money at the pump; helping us navigate roads; hauling a large family on road trips and short urban excursions; and/ or providing some additional prestige and luxury value while driving clients to lunch; all in the name of getting it at a practical low cost. Thus, we lease cars. One goal of a car, though, that often gets overlooked by snobby financing experts, is performance. Nobody would confuse a Corvette, Camaro or Mustang for being a sound financial decision, even if one happens to seems to be the best deal for speed. On the other hand, performance is a quality that any driver appreciates; whether it is for the thrill of going from 0-to-60 in 4.8 seconds, hauling lumber… or for that extra confidence derived from having the engine power to pass a semi going 65MPH on a two lane highway, performance is a quality that should be considered by us all. In fact, horsepower, like any other attribute, is a matter of practicality depending on the driver’s needs and desires. Monthly Car Lease ranks cars each month based on their overall value to payment ratio. We’ve also ranked car leases on gas mileage and economy. There is also a place in the heart, desires and needs of car drivers for speed and horsepower, so why not rate the top performers based on value of payment? Here, is what we mean by fastest car for the money.

The Car Lease Performance Ratings simply quantify your car lease value by how much engine umph; power or ‘horsepower’ you are getting for your monthly lease payment. Unlike the Lease Value Ratio which is your average monthly payment divided by the MSRP of the car, these Car Lease Performance ratings focus only horsepower vs. monthly car lease payment. That is, the Average Monthly Lease Payment divided by the Horsepower of the car. The result is numerical ratio similar to the Lease Value Ratio (LVR): The Lower, the Better. The fastest Car for the money has the lowest Ratio.


More Horsepower Doesn’t always Mean Faster

Fastest Car for the Money is measured in acceleration and Top Speed

The Car Lease Performance Ratings listed here are not about sports cars, alone. You might find an SUV or two; a truck; mini-van, jeep or family sedan among the group. This is about getting the most horspower for your monthly car lease payment. One thing to be aware of is that the ratings below are not intended to be all inclusive. Because it is impossible to determine what exact deal you might negotiate with your dealer, the Top-25 Car Lease Ratings below only include established, advertised monthly lease specials from the car manufacturer’s website.  For example, If Nissan is advertising an attractive  lease special on the 4 Cylinder Altima 2.5L, you will probably get an equally attractive deal on the step up to the V6, 3.5L Model. On average, you can expect to pay about $23-$30 per month more per thousand dollars cost. So, if the $22,000 Nissan Altima 2.5L leases for $199.00, the $26,000 3.5L model might cost around $275.00 per month, all other things being equal. For the sake of accuracy, I’ve only included the advertised lease specials – many of them are the entry level engine which offers less horsepower than if you upgraded to a model that is $3,000 or $4,000 higher in price. In my particular case last month, the RAV4 lease special was for $199.00 per month and $1399 down. I was able to lease the V6 Model for a little more: $265 per month and nothing down. Always ask your dealer for a Better Lease Deal than the advertised special.


So, which Car gives you the most Bang for the Buck

The exciting, 2011 Hyundai Genisys V6 has a whopping 290HP and can be leased for an average monthly payment of just $355.00. That’s costing you only $1.22 per Horsepower.  Compare that with the last place Cadillac CTS which costs you $2.46 per HP of it’s total 302 horses. Now, I’m not going to tell you that everyone would prefer a Hyundai over a Cadillac, but for sheer performance lease value, the Hyundai beats it by a mile.  But there’s more from Hyundai. The 5th ranked, Hyundai Sonata, pictured above, wins top honors for 4 Cylinder Sedans, giving you the most horsepower per lease dollar. The Hyundai Sonata with 200 horses, currently offers the most horsepower of any 4-Cylinder family sedan it it’s class. At 200HP for an average payment of  just $355.00 per month, the Sonata is a happy compromise of comfort and performance for an affordable family car. See the Top-10 Fastest Car by Value listed here:


How Much Horsepower are you Getting for Your Monthly Lease Payment?

Car / Model BHP AVG MO PMT HP-Per-$ $-Per-HP
2011 Hyundai Genisys V6 290 $355.00 0.82 $1.22
2011 Infiniti G37 Journey RWD Sedan 328 $414.00 0.79 $1.26
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LS 138 $175.00 0.79 $1.27
2011 Subaru WRX Sedan 265 $339.00 0.78 $1.28
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 GLS A/T 200 $260.00 0.77 $1.30
2011 Mazda 3 4-Door 2.0L 148 $199.00 0.74 $1.34
2011 Nissan Maxima S 290 $397.00 0.73 $1.37
2011 Lancer Evolution GSR 291 $419.00 0.69 $1.44
2011 Buick Enclave FWD CX 288 $452.00 0.64 $1.57
2011 Nissan Murano S AWD 265 $417.00 0.64 $1.57
2011 Buick Regal CXL 182 $296.00 0.61 $1.63
2011 Volkswagen GTI 200 $327.00 0.61 $1.64
2011 Infiniti G25 Journey RWD Sedan 218 $362.00 0.60 $1.66
2011 Lancer Sportback ES CVT 148 $251.00 0.59 $1.70
2011 Lexus GS350 303 $555.00 0.55 $1.83
2011 Subaru Tribeca 3.6R 256 $469.00 0.55 $1.83
2011 Mazda RX8 232 $427.00 0.54 $1.84
2011 BMW 335xi 300 $579.00 0.52 $1.93
2011 Nissan Altima 2.5S CVT 175 $339.00 0.52 $1.94
2011 BMW 128i 230 $449.00 0.51 $1.95
2011 Mercedes C300 Sport Sedan 228 $479.00 0.48 $2.10
2011 Mercedes C350 Sport Sedan 268 $605.00 0.44 $2.26
2011 Audi A4 2.0T Sedan 211 $483.00 0.44 $2.29
2011 Audi A6 3.0T 300 $712.00 0.42 $2.37
2011 Cadillac STS AWD V6 302 $744.00 0.41 $2.46

As of 2011, the Hyundai Genesis V6, is the fastest car for the money.

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