Figuring Out The Best Starter In NFS But It Is Not Easy

With a decent set of cars to choose from at the start check here to see which is the best one of those.

Need For Speed Unbound Starter Cars Cover Picture
Need For Speed Unbound Starter Cars

The prologue introduces players to three cars. You do not need any cash to get one of these cars; you just select it and get into the game. 

After the prologue ends, the real game begins. Here, you get a total of $37,500 to get yourself a car that will lead your whole story. 12 cars are pre-unlocked for the player to buy, each with a variety of stats and little price difference. The rest of the cars are expensive or require a higher level to be unlocked.

Key Takeaways

  • You can choose your prologue starter car from one of the three cars.
  • Lambo is best for most on-road races with the highest acceleration.
  • Nissan excels in almost all environments, providing good performance and top-notch speed.
  • Dodge is the finest choice for drag races.
  • For the story mode, you get to select your car from 12 cars that are customizable according to your preferences.
  • The Eclipse has one of the highest top speeds.
  • Civic gives a good balance in acceleration and top speed.
  • Firebird is built for drift specialists.

Comparison Table

No.StageNameTop speed (mph)Acceleration (0-60 mph) in secTorque (ft-lb)Power (BHP)
1PrologueLamborghini Countach 25th ’881934.0401492
2PrologueNissan Silvia K’s ’981954.3352394
3PrologueDodge Charger ’691794.1702667
4After prologueMitsubishi Eclipse GSX ’991506.8213210
5After prologueHonda Civic Type-R [2000]1496.4124192
6After prologuePontiac Firebird ’771425.9500370

Comparison Table.

Lamborghini Countach 25th ’88


  • Top Speed: 193 MPH
  • Acceleration [0-60 MPH]: 4.0 s
  • Torque: 401 ft-lb
  • Power: 492 BHP
  • Time to Complete Quarter Mile: 12.2 s
Lamborghini Countach 25th '88
Lamborghini Countach 25th ’88

Looking at the stats of this car, there is no reason that you might not be impressed. The extraordinary acceleration and top speed of this car make it a perfect dragster.

Additionally, the low body profile along with the grip helps this car to counter sharp turns without losing any stability, and it helps in the overall control of the car at high speeds. That is why you can swiftly navigate most of the turns without the need for drifting. This makes this car the best one to use in most scenarios.

  • High Acceleration
  • High-Speed Stability
  • Grip
  • Tighter Turning Radius and Steering Profile

  • Off-road driving
  • Drifting

The speed and power of the Lambo are good, but the other parts of this car do not make it suitable for off-road terrain or drifting. The races require players to drift at certain turns, which will be difficult for this car to handle.

Nissan Silvia K’s ’98


  • Top Speed: 195 MPH
  • Acceleration [0-60 MPH]: 4.3 s
  • Torque: 352 ft-lb
  • Power: 394 BHP
  • Time to Complete Quarter Mile: 12.4 s
Nissan Silvia K's '98
Nissan Silvia K’s ’98

This car is made for adaptable players who prefer good speed with the ability to drift as well. Even though this car is made for drifting, with proper upgrades, it can do well in classic races.

These stats make this car an all-rounder in drifting as well as in drag racing. The Nissan also offers the highest top speed among all the starter cars, which is the reason it is ranked higher than the Dodge.

  • High Top Speed
  • Versatile
  • Drifting

  • Instability

The only significant disadvantage the Nissan Silvia has is instability. Being lightweight, the car can achieve high speeds but becomes unstable at those speeds as well.

Without the proper grips, any incorrect approach to drifting with this car can result in disaster, as it is prone to becoming unstable and colliding with obstacles during high-speed turns while drifting.

Dodge Charger ’69


  • Top Speed: 179 MPH
  • Acceleration [0-60 MPH]: 4.1 s
  • Torque: 702 ft-lb
  • Power: 667 BHP
  • Time to Complete Quarter Mile: 12 s
Need for Speed Unbound Starter Cars: Dodge Charger '69
Dodge Charger ’69

The insane torque and power stats of this car make it a king in the drifting arena. Particularly with its excellent handling capabilities, the Dodge has mastery over the curvy turns, making it impossible for the car to slow down or hit an obstacle.

This car is designed for those who love a balanced approach to racing, decent power, and exceptional control over the car.

  • Drifting
  • Control and Handling

  • Heavy Body Weigh
  • Top Speed

The factor that degrades this car is its heavy body. This helps in drifting, but it reduces its top speed as well, which proves to be a key element in drag racing. Consequently, this car is ranked lower than others.

Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX ’99


  • Top Speed: 150 MPH
  • Acceleration [0-60 MPH]: 6.8 s
  • Torque: 213 ft-lb
  • Power: 210 BHP
  • Time to Complete Quarter Mile: 14.9 s
Need for Speed Unbound: Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX '99
Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX ’99

As the stats suggest, the Mitsubishi Eclipse yields superb top speeds with little effect on its acceleration. Consequently, these stats make it one of the best choices to go for as a starter car.

The all-wheel drive allows you to remain stable in most of the tight turns, and the good grip enhances the overall stability of the car.

  • Grip
  • High Top Speed

  • Drifting

Drifting is one place where this car fails to outperform its competitors. The grip increases the stability but drastically reduces the ability of the car to drift freely. Therefore, you might want to put in some upgrades or tuning to boost this feature as well.

Honda Civic Type-R [2000]


  • Top Speed: 149 MPH
  • Acceleration [0-60 MPH]: 6.4 s
  • Torque: 124 ft-lb
  • Power: 192 BHP
  • Time to Complete Quarter Mile: 14.7 s
Need for Speed Unbound: Honda Civic Type-R [2000]
Honda Civic Type-R [2000]

The Honda Civic may be called an all-rounder in the beginner category. This B-tier car has a decent top speed with very improved acceleration.

This car can match the Eclipse in most cases, but it fails when it comes to stability. Second, while front-wheel drive allows for greater drifting freedom, it also reduces control.

  • Drifting

  • Control and Stability

Due to the lack of proper grip features, this car becomes a bit tough to control over tricky turns. You can drift your way through them, but it requires a lot of skill and mastery to accomplish this task.

Pontiac Firebird ’77


  • Top Speed: 142 MPH
  • Acceleration [0-60 MPH]: 5.9 s
  • Torque: 500 ft-lb
  • Power: 370 BHP
  • Time to Complete Quarter Mile: 14.5 s
Need for Speed Unbound: Pontiac Firebird '77
Pontiac Firebird ’77

The Pontiac Firebird is a dream car for drift lovers. The average top speed of the car is balanced by its outstanding acceleration, which outmatches all cars in the same category. The rear-wheel drive of this car with high torque enables it to drift without facing any kind of struggle, although the only compromise is the top speed.

This makes it an excellent choice for mountain areas with sharp curves that do not necessitate high speeds and can be navigated by drifting.

  • Drifting
  • Acceleration

  • Drag Racing

Everything comes at a cost, and the cost of having exceptional acceleration and torque is the top speed. Therefore, the car strives to do better in drag racing, where speed matters most.

This aspect can be adjusted in a few weeks with the engine upgrades and tuning, but you will need to play a little with the car using default parts. 

My Thoughts

Need for Speed Unbound presented a whole new set of cars, each with the capability to match the driving style of almost every player, but every car has some flaws, making it necessary to point out the best starter cars. These cars will undoubtedly assist players in winning every race to boost their stats and purchase the actual beast cars.

In addition to selecting the best starter car, the other things to keep track of are the upgrades and tuning. Upgrading each car in the right direction enhances its performance a lot, and tuning it properly will help to maximize its output in the races.

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