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Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is quickly fading from the automotive industry as automakers cater to federal requirements for more fuel efficient vehicles. RWD has nearly been relegated to pick-up trucks or has morphed into FWD in many cars. Fortunately, there are a few RWD cars still being produced. Here is a short list of of the best RWD cars available for less than $25,000.

Ford Mustang

The Mustang has bucked many trends over the years and its commitment to RWD is one of them. Every Mustang trim level offered by Ford is RWD. You can find a 2012 Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0L engine and fewer than 35,000 miles for $25,000. If the 5.0L isn’t necessary, you can buy a 2012 Mustang with the Premium trim package featuring the 3.7L V6 for $22,000.

Mazda Miata MX-5

Miata MX-5 under $25,000Keeping the fun vibe going, the Mazda Miata MX-5 is an exceptionally fun convertible to drive. It is powered by a more than adequate 2.0L in every trim level. While the engine size may sound smallish, this is an extremely light car, having a curb weight of just 2,511 lbs. Another great aspect of this car is that it is reasonably priced. You can buy a 2012 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring edition for around $20,500.

Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S under $25KAnother sporty RWD entry is the Scion FR-S. There are only two trim levels, each featuring a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. You can maximize the fun quotient of this car by pairing the 2.0 with the optional 6-speed manual. You can buy a low mileage 2013 Scion FR-S 10 Series(top trim level) with the 6-speed for $24,000. If you step back to the base trim, you can buy a 2013 FR-S for $20,000.

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevy Camaro under $25KTo many the Camaro is the iconic muscle car of the 60s and 70s. After a seven year absence, the Camaro was re-introduced in 2009. The heavier, more modern design has not deterred buyers in the least. You can find a well equipped 2012 Chevrolet Camaro LT with a powerful 3.6L V6 for $23,200. If you would like to upgrade to the SS trim level you will have to look for a slightly older model to meet the price point of our article. You can find a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS priced right at $25,000.

Cadillac CTS

Caddy CTS under $25KWhen you mention luxury, Cadillac is sure to come to mind. The majority of Cadillac’s sedans are RWD, with AWD as an option. You can find a well equipped low mileage 2012 Cadillac CTS with the base trim package for $23,400. This trim level features a powerful 3.0L engine. If you want to upgrade to the 3.6L  V6, you will need to shop for a 2011 and expect to pay right at $25,000.

This is far from a comprehensive list of all of the RWD drive cars available. It is limited by the $25,000 price point and my personal opinions. You can find a more inclusive list at this link.

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