It’s a clearly American characteristic to want what’s next. Yes, Americans are spoiled with too many options in every type of item, specifically cars. Where we haven’t stopped loving—and lusting after—the cool car around the next bend. With that in mind, here’s we introduce 5 awesome cars under $50,000 that will available for sale in the next year.Let’s have a look at them.
2013 Ford Focus ST
The new Focus revealed in the U.S., with at least a 2.0-liter, direct-injected, 160-hp motor and variable valve timing, as well as a five-speed manual. However, the vehicle to wait for is the 2013 Focus ST, which debuts in early 2012.
It has a six-speed manual with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter as the much larger Edge and Explorer and will be good for somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 hp, which puts it in league with hot hatches like the MazdaSpeed3 and beyond the output of the VW GTI. Ford is also promising a tauter suspension and bigger brakes to go with all that horsepower. Expect to pay at least $25,000.
2013 Toyota Prius C
At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota debuted an entire line of Prius models, including the intriguing Prius C Concept.
They still stress that this is a concept, but a small, sporty hybrid hatchback is surely on its way. We can merely hope Toyota is smart enough to retain these design cues, especially as this is meant to be a “fun to drive” hybrid with taut handling and a sub-$20K price. Toyota is promising the highest mileage of any hybrid on the road that isn’t a plug-in.
2013 Mini Paceman
The Paceman is a two-door concept coupe that debuted last year, and our sources say it’s a lock for production. Mini will have to work hard with this model, though, which is essentially the forthcoming Countryman minus two doors.
The Paceman should either get real horsepower and ride considerably lower than the Countryman, or be made even more all-road capable than the Countryman, as a rival to the likes of the Subaru WRX—of course in full rally-car livery. The latter may actually be more likely, as Mini is racing a 2011 Countryman in the World Rally Championships.
Ford Fiesta ST
The Fiesta ST will have an altered body for improved cooling, but may be available only as a three-door hatch. It will have better suspension tuning, possibly Recaro racing seats, some unique trim, 17-inch wheels, speed-rated performance tires and dual exhaust. Ford reportedly experimented with cramming the 2.0-liter engine from the Focus ST into this car. We expect the Fiesta to carry a directly injected, turbocharged 1.6-liter four.
BMW i3 Electric City Car
BMW claim that it’s new $35,000 Chevy Volt-beater will have 99 miles of range from its rear-mounted electric motor and floor-mounted batteries. BMW is also claiming 100 mph for the car’s top speed, and the i3 could bring the equivalent of 150 horsepower.