Friday, April 25, 2014

Got Turbo? Best Turbo Cars for the Money 2014

Best Turbocharged Cars for The Money



Car companies are pushing harder than ever to satisfy customers with performance options and fuel efficiency.  As a solution, more and more automotive manufacturers are migrating to turbochargers.  Turbos are a great way to get more horsepower out of smaller engines and keep high mpg standards.




How do Turbochargers Work?
Think of a motor or an engine as a giant air pump, the faster the air goes in and the faster the air goes out, the faster and more efficient the motor can run. Turbochargers work by recycling air from the vehicles exhaust system and redirecting it back into the motor via the intake, putting the air in faster than the engine traditionally sucks it in. This is called forced induction, and as a result more horsepower and torque is gained without adding extra cylinders, which saves gas.



Who’s Hopping on the Bandwagon?

Over 14 automobile manufacturers have turbocharged vehicles in their 2014-15 line up.  Some of them are known for their turbocharged sports sedans & coupes, such as Subaru, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen, Buick and Kia.  Automobile manufacturers are beginning to perfect the efficiency of turbos and we, the consumers are beginning to benefit. However, don’t walk away with the wrong message, we never said turbos were better and more fuel efficient than hybrids, were just saying it’s nice to be able to step on the gas pedal and feel performance without worrying about the gas gauge dropping to empty. Below is a table of our favorite new turbo models, we have averaged them out and chosen the best turbo for the money.


Model
Horsepower
Torque
MPG
MSRP
Disp.
Hyundai Veloster R-Spec
201
195
24/28
21,300
1.6
Nissan Juke SV
188
177
25/31
20,990
1.6
Kia Optima SX Turbo
274
269
31/20
27,500
2.0
Subaru WRX
268
258
21/28
28,495
2.0
Ford Focus ST
252
270
23/32
26,125
2.0
Volkswagen GTI D.E.
200
207
21/31
29,695
2.0
Buick Verano
250
260
21/32
29,240
2.0
Chevy Sonic RS
138
148
27/34
21,350
1.4
 Dodge Dart
160
184
28/41
19,995
1.4
Ford Fusion
240
270
22/33
30,600
2.0
Chevy Cruze
138
148
26/38
23,805
1.4
Hyundai Genesis
274
275
19/22
29,350
2.0
Hyundai Sonata
274
269
21/32
24,300
2.0
Mazda Speed 3
263
280
18/25
24,995
2.3
Average
222.9
229.3
23.7/30.9
25552.9
1.8
















 

 

* Blue highlights represent best pick closest/best pick to averages

 To pick just one car would be impossible. Each sedan and hatch has its ups and downs; the Subaru WRX is AWD with sport tuned suspension. The Hyundai Genesis has a Brembo package and the Ford Focus ST comes with Recaro seats.  Each model offers different packages and tunes for different customers. If we absolutely had to choose the best turbo for the money, it would be the Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata  comes with the best horsepower, torque and gas mileage for the best price.

WOOOOOSH! 
Hyundai Sonata

 Kia Optima

 Hyundai Veloster

 VW GTI

 Subaru WRX

 Ford Focus St (shelby pictured)

 Chevy Cruze

 Nissan Juke

Buick Verano 

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Genesis


Mazdaspeed 3


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