Spice up your drive in these stylish sports cars.

Best Sports Cars | CarMax

Sports cars are a popular pick for their all-around performance, stylish stance, and fun-to-drive personality. Designed to feed your hunger for the open road, many sports cars offer a huge array of engine specs and body styles, including classic roadsters, colorful coupes, cool convertibles, and hot hatches.

Whether you're looking for a sports car to whiz around the track or one that will indulge your senses on your commute, this list of the 10 best sports cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020, can jump-start your search.

  1. BMW Z4
  2. Subaru BRZ
  3. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  4. Nissan 370Z
  5. Volkswagen GTI
  6. Mini Cooper Countryman
  7. Subaru WRX
  8. Chevrolet Corvette
  9. Chevrolet Camaro
  10. Ford Mustang



Best Sports Cars: BMW Z4 | CarMax

If you're looking for a classic roadster with a low-slung stance and a sporty appearance, the BMW Z4 is a solid pick. After a three-year hiatus, you can find third-generation 2019 Z4 models with a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that throws down 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice, and rear-wheel drive adds to the two-seater convertible's fun-to-drive personality.

Standard features on the 2019 Z4 sDrive 30i include:

  • 18-inch light-alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Black soft-top roof
  • Power sport seats with integrated headrests
  • 10-speaker audio system


Subaru BRZ

Best Sports Cars: Subaru BRZ | CarMax

Known for its sharp handling and swift performance, the Subaru BRZ is a rear-wheel drive two-door sports coupe with a spicy attitude. Originally introduced in 2013, this sports car runs off a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 205 hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque with the standard six-speed manual transmission (2017-2019 models). A six-speed automatic is also available on 2017-2019 Limited trims.

Along with its spirited performance, 2017-2019 BRZ models offer many cool features, like these on the base Premium trim:

  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming
  • Rearview monitor


Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Sports Cars: Mazda MX5 Miata | CarMax

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a stylish two-seater roadster with a convertible top that lets you feel the wind in your hair. All 2017-2018 models use a 2.0L four-cylinder that pushes out 155 hp and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, or you can find 2019 MX-5 Miatas with the same engine, but with 181 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. Rear-wheel drive is the sole drivetrain, but you can opt for the standard six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic transmission with wheel-mounted paddle shifters (2017-2019 models). Whether cruising the coast or riding in style on date nights, the MX-5 Miata is very engaging to drive.

2017-2019 Club trims include these standard features:

  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Black cloth-trimmed seats with red accent stitching
  • Bose® nine-speaker audio system
  • Blind-spot monitoring


Nissan 370z

Best Sports Cars: Nissan 370Z | CarMax

If you want a sports car with a classic fastback design, the Nissan 370Z's swooping roofline will make you do a double take. Available in coupe and convertible body styles, the 370Z is a good-looking vehicle with seating for two. All 2017-2019 non-NISMO® models feature a standard 3.7L V6 that generates 332 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. If you're looking for a power boost, the 2017-2019 NISMO trim gets 350 hp and 276 lb.-ft. of torque with the same engine. The 370Z pairs its strong race-car-style performance with sharp steering that's designed to handle great around turns.

Standard features on the base 2017-2019 370Z include:

  • 18-inch black-finish aluminum-alloy wheels
  • High-intensity discharge (HID) bifunctional xenon headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Eight-way adjustable driver seat
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity


Volkswagen GTI

Best Sports Cars: Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

Need a daily commuter, but want a hot hatch with a bold personality and powerful engine? The Volkswagen Golf GTI delivers snappy acceleration with good gas mileage. All 2017-2019 models use a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, but the revised 2019 model gives the most power, with 228 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Whether you choose the 2019 Golf GTI's six-speed manual or updated seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, you'll get an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined with the 2.0L engine and front-wheel drive.1

Standard features on the base S trim include the following on 2017-2019 Golf GTIs:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED foglights
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats with a center pass-through
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability

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Mini Cooper Countryman

Best Sports Cars: Mini Cooper Countryman | CarMax

The MINI Cooper Countryman blends athletic performance with passenger space and cargo room into one versatile package, making it a sporty crossover alternative for daily travel. Base 2017-2019 models use a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder that puts out 134 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. It pairs to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive versions use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Cooper Countryman's back seat is also very spacious for your passengers, while the trunk can hold 17.6 cubic feet of cargo with all seats in place or 47.6 cubic feet by folding the back row.

As for standard features, you'll find these on base 2017-2019 MINI Cooper Countryman models:

  • Roof rails
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rearview camera
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • 6.5-inch display screen


Subaru WRX

Best Sports Cars: Subaru WRX | CarMax

If you're craving a sports car with four-season enjoyment, the Subaru WRX offers standard all-wheel drive on third-generation models (2015-present). This enhanced traction is paired with robust engine power from the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque on 2017-2019 models. A six-speed manual transmission is also standard on 2017-2019 WRX models, providing an engaging driving experience as you power through twists and turns.

On 2017-2019 WRX Premium models, you'll find standard features such as:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Foglights
  • Sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display (6.5 inches on 2017 models)


Chevrolet Corvette

Best Sports Cars: Chevrolet Corvette | CarMax

The Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic rear-wheel sports car that serves up an invigorating dose of performance and comfort. Available as a two-seater sport coupe or convertible, 2017-2019 models use a 6.2L V8 with 455 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. A seven-speed manual is standard, or you can choose an available eight-speed automatic transmission (2017-2019 models). Five selectable drive modes are also included on 2017-2019 Corvettes, like a Tour Mode for everyday driving and Track Mode for maximum off-the-line acceleration.

The 2017-2019 Corvette Stingray 1LT includes these standard features:

  • 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels
  • Brembo® brakes
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Nine-speaker Bose sound system


Chevrolet Camaro

Best Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro | CarMax

Currently in its sixth generation (2016-present), the Chevrolet Camaro has been prowling the streets since 1967. Available as a four-seater coupe or a convertible, 2017-2019 Camaros offer a range of powertrain options with big performance, like a 6.2L V8 with 455 hp and 455 lb.-ft. of torque (2017-2019 Camaro 1SS trim). Whether on the track or enjoying a leisurely weekend cruise, the Chevy Camaro delivers a smooth ride, especially when paired with available Magnetic Ride Control (2017-2019 models).

If you're looking for more performance-rich standard features, the 2017-2019 Camaro 1SS includes:

  • 20-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Track mode
  • Four-piston Brembo brakes
  • Mechanical limited-slip differential


Ford Mustang

Best Sports Cars: Ford Mustang | CarMax

Capturing the top spot on our list is the iconic Ford Mustang. Featuring an amazing range of powertrain options, trim levels, and body styles, you'll have plenty of choices when selecting your next pony car. If that includes hearty V8 performance, 2018-2019 Mustang GTs will get your adrenaline flowing with a 5.0L V8 that cranks out 460 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. This same engine comes standard on 2017 Mustang GT trims, but with 435 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. For everyday driving, the Mustang hits the sweet spot with sharp handling that's fun around curves.

2017-2019 Mustang GTs come standard with:

  • Six-way power driver seat with power lumbar
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Raised blade-style decklid spoiler
  • LED foglights
  • Hood-vented air extractors

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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