If you’re a “meat and potatoes” driving enthusiast, you’re interested in two things when it comes to a new car: “How fast does it go and how much is it going to cost me?” For these drivers, we offer “Horsepower per Dollar”—2012 vehicles that deliver the most speed for the buck.
Among 2012 cars, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro models dominate the list. But among new vehicles, the horsepower-per-dollar award goes to the 2012 Ram 1500 Tradesman, which is fitted with a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi engine. Starting at just $22,340, this roaring beast generates 390 horsepower for a horsepower-per-$1,000 rating of 17.457
To see where your favorite vehicle ranks, check out all of our 2012 “Horsepower per Dollar” lists.