Power To The People – Top 15


15 Cars With The Lowest Dollars-Per-Horsepower Amount


Michael Schlee



It is said in the automotive world that power isn’t everything. Specifically, horsepower isn’t everything. Sure, things like, handling, refinement, practicality, dependability, weight, mileage, etc are all important factors for a car. But hey, who doesn’t like hitting the go pedal and being thrust back into your seat?

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Horsepower isn’t all about driving shenanigans either. Power is useful if you are carrying a full car load, or for merging into highway traffic, or passing on a two lane highway.


Although a vehicles power to weight ratio is more accurate in determining acceleration and speed, horsepower ratings have always had a secondary, more sinister motive. Braggin’ rights! What is one of the first questions a ‘non-automotive’ inclined person asks you about your new car? “How much power does that thing have?”


So, I present to you the top 15 cars with the cheapest HP per $ ratio. Some notables that just missed the list include the 2009 Mazdaspeed 3, the Chevrolet HHR SS, the Dodge Charger SRT8 and the Honda Accord LX-V6.


All of these price figures quoted here are the cars official retail price in Canada. No incentive or discount plans have been subtracted. These rates vary almost day to day and would be impossible to keep up with. Check you local dealer as these cars (and others) could be even cheaper right now.




   $ Per HP

   List Price


Chevrolet Camaro SS $86.84 $36,995 426
Chevrolet Camaro LS $88.80 $26,995 304
Dodge Caliber SRT-4 $91.21 $25,995 285
Dodge Challenger R/T $94.88 $35,295 372
Chevrolet Cobalt SS $97.87 $25,445 260
Chevrolet Cobalt LS/Pontiac G5 $98.87 $15,325 155
2009 Mazda 3 GX Sedan $100.64 $14,895 148
Nissan Altima 3.5S Sedan $102.59 $27,698 270
Pontiac G8 GT $103.74 $37,450 361
Dodge Challenger SE $103.98 $25,995 250
Mazda 6 GS-V6 $104.03 $28,295 272
Toyota Camry LE-V6 $104.68 $28,055 268
Nissan Sentra 2.0 $107.13 $14,998 140
2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 $108.46 $54,229 500
Dodge Challenger SRT8 $108.93 $46,295 425



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