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The 10 slowest cars for sale in the USA

Thanks to electrification, we live in an amazing era of cheap horsepower and fast performance. Decades ago, even 10-15 years ago, cars were routinely underpowered just because automakers wanted to save a few bucks in the building process. Sprints from 0-60 mph could be measured in minutes, not seconds, and everyone was used to taking good old time to get from point A to point B.


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If these days bring nostalgic tears to your eyes, we have good news for you. There are still plenty of painfully slow vehicles on the market today that are guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Most of these cars are cheap, fuel-efficient sedans or hatchbacks like the Mitsubishi Mirage. As usual, they all have an affordable MSRP and great gas mileage. While there are plenty of faster options on the market today, sometimes the slow and steady really does win the race. And while it’s fun to see which cars are actually the slowest, it’s important to remember that customers in this segment don’t care one bit about acceleration times.

Nissan Versa (2023)

10 Kia Sportage

0-60 mph: 9.1 seconds

Redesigned for 2023, the Kia Sportage is now one of the most attractive and well-engineered vehicles in its class. Two hybrid options are available, a 227-hp regular hybrid and a 261-hp plug-in hybrid (PHEV), but neither of those engines is the reason the Sportage is on this list. In base trim, you get a 2.5-liter inline-four with 187 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. It barely gets the crossover off the ground, but at least fuel economy is decent: The FWD version gets 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, and the AWD version gets 23/26/25 mpg.

2024 Kia ​​Sportage PHEV front

9 Nissan Sentra

0-60 mph: 9.2 seconds

The Sentra just about makes the list, and we consider that a success, since it hasn’t been about sporty driving for nearly 20 years. The model offers plenty of value for its $20,890 starting price and is a compelling alternative to rivals like the Honda Civic or Mazda 3. What isn’t compelling, however, is the vehicles’ lack of motivation. Powered by a puny 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 149 hp and 146 lb-ft, it’s only ever adequate, but that won’t surprise anyone in a compact front-wheel-drive sedan like this one.

Nissan Sentra (2024)

8th Hyundai Kona

0-60 mph: 9.2 seconds

Whether you like the new design or not, no one can deny that the Hyundai Kona is no longer a head-turner, especially in the striking Mirage Green exterior paint. While higher trim levels like the N-Line exude edgy sportiness and have a turbo engine to boot, base trims have to make do with a puny 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers just 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque to either the front wheels or all of them via a CVT. That would have been fine in the smaller previous-generation Kona, but the extra weight and size of this model really shows how little you can get by with.

2024 Hyundai Kona side static
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7 Toyota Corolla Verso

0-60 mph: 9.2 seconds

We’re big fans of the Corolla Cross thanks to its low price, great packaging, and available hybrid powertrains. Unfortunately, hybrid options only start at $27,000, and if you want the model as cheap as possible, you’ll have to settle for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 169 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a CVT and either FWD or AWD, and is sufficient in most situations that don’t involve hitting a highway. It’s also very fuel efficient, getting 31/33/32 mpg with FWD and 29/32/30 mpg with AWD.


6 Buick Envista

0-60 mph: 9.3 seconds

Buick currently finds itself in a very odd in-between position in the automotive industry, as many of its models overlap with Chevy’s. While this is a difficult situation for an automaker, it’s great for the consumer, as it gives you more affordable options like the Envista. The Chevy Trax’s mechanical cousin, this front-wheel-drive-only vehicle offers upscale styling and a starting price of $22,900, but has to make do with just a 1.2-liter inline-three that makes 137 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.


5 Honda CR-V

0-60 mph: 9.4 seconds

As you’re beginning to realize, this list is dominated by subcompact crossovers. The HR-V joins the mix, having received a significant update for 2023 that saw the vehicle completely redesigned inside and out. The larger platform and improved looks and technology immediately made the model a much better buy, but while we were all hoping for a jump in performance, things have been slow to come with the introduction of the 2.0-liter inline-four, which now makes 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque.

Honda HR-V viewed from the side


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4 Subaru Crosstrek

0-60 mph: 9.5 seconds

There is no subcompact crossover on the market that gets as much support and admiration as the Subaru Crosstrek. They excel at letting you effortlessly transition from a dirt road to city streets while offering competitive space and standard all-wheel drive. While the higher trim levels like the rugged Wilderness model are the most fun to drive, the lower trim levels are there to save you a few bucks and thus come with a tiny 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.


3 Nissan Versa

0-60 mph: 9.5 seconds

While the Mitsubishi Mirage goes the way of the dinosaurs, the Versa will take the helm as the most affordable new car you can buy in America, and it honestly deserves praise for that title. While many would look the other way at a budget model like this, it’s really impressive how many features and creature comforts Nissan can pack into this car for the $16,000 starting price. Yes, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder only makes 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, but given its front-wheel drive and this low price, we doubt anyone will care.

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2 Nissan Kicks

0-60 mph: 9.7 seconds

This Nissan Kicks is a bit unfairly listed on this list, as it’s getting a major redesign for the 2025 model year, but the 2024 model will still make do with the old design and powertrain, so here we are. While the update is welcome, the last-generation Kicks is still a very competent car for its $21,050 starting price, offering style and a good dose of technology, but obviously lacking in power. It has to make do with the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque as the Versa, which isn’t helped at all by the weight gain.

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1 Mitsubishi Mirage

0-60 mph: 12.8 seconds

And finally, the slowest car in America is the soon-to-be-discontinued Mitsubishi Mirage. This sad example of a passenger car takes an impressive 12.8 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, all thanks to the tiny 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces just 78 horsepower and 100 Nm of torque. It’s not fast, it’s not comfortable, it’s not pretty, and it’s pretty old. You won’t miss the Mirage.

Mitsubishi Outlander (2020)

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