A list of my favorite "sleeper" cars
If it can beat a Mustang and looks normal by my terms, it's a sleeper
Chevrolet HHR SS Panel
With a base price of $25,135 USD, you got a bargain if you bought one of these. Producing up to 260 hp to the front wheels. The 0-60 mph time is quicker than you would expect, 6.7 seconds for a cargo van! I had driven one a while ago in a few racing games and simulators and it was my favorite vehicle to use. Weighing over 3,000 lbs with an 2.7L 4 cylinder, it isn't much but will get your Amazon packages from A to B a lot quicker than the Mercedes Sprinter vans. If you happen to see one next time, snap a picture because they are about as exclusive as a McLaren Senna!
Chevrolet Caprice PPV
Next up is one that can only be found as a used cop car, the Caprice. Producing 301 hp to the rear wheels while looking like a Malibu, it can pass first-gen CTS V's with ease. Most were used for high pursuit chases because they were equipped with a V8. It's also a great family car as well with roomy back seats. Only available new to fleet buyers, you can only get them used. The year span is more modern, debuting in 2011 lasting 'till 2013. Prices go from $8,000 USD to $18,000 but differ on the mileage and use of the car, and they are also a bit hard to find.
A more obtainable car on this list comes in the form of an Infiniti. With an optional 5.6 L V8 producing 416 hp, it goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and can do a quarter mile in as low as 13.5 seconds. Brand new, the base price was $51,900 because it was a luxury car. The Q70L is somewhat related to the Bentley Flying Spur but more underrated and has similar wheelbases and power rating. It got a 5/5 rating from Cars.com because of the practicality, the sportiness, and the reliability. All of that made the car so unique, but was sadly discontinued last year, making the value plummet.
Mini JCW Countryman All4
A 2.0L turbocharged I-4 producing a little past the 300 hp mark, most would think of the Honda Civic Type R and not this. This is the JCW version of Minis' Countryman model. Beating the Type R from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds is an impressive feat for a car weighing almost 4,000 lbs. The price tag though, is too high in my opinion, starting at $41,400 without any options. It looks like a regular hatchback-suv that a soccer mom would drive, except she would smoke you taking off from the traffic light.
Mazda Mazdaspeed 6
Last one on this list is the Mazdaspeed 6. The power output is 276 horsepower which was more than any of its main competitors at the time. It looks really boring and almost a sad sight, but it is fast for what it is. They are going on the used market for around $5,000 USD to $8,000. Jeremy Clarkson even preferred this car over the Ford Mondeo ST220 because it was more reliable and more fun to drive. For the manual lovers, there is no need to panic because this Mazda comes with a 6 speed!