Feel the need for speed? Check out these sporty cars.
Sports car owners choose their wheels for a variety of reasons. Maybe they desire the throaty thrum of a muscular engine. Or maybe they prize the nimble handling and quickness that set many sports cars apart from sedans and luxury cars.
Check out our list of the 10 best sports cars for 2019 based on CarMax vehicle sales data from June 1, 2018 through November 20, 2018. From the pint-sized powerhouse of the Mini Cooper Countryman to the American-classic Ford Mustang, there’s something for every sports car enthusiast to check out.
The bonkers, 3 Series-on-steroids M3 is a 4 door sports sedan that’s been a favorite with high-end, high-performance enthusiasts since the 1980s. On models like the 2015 BMW M3, drivers get a 425-hp, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission, this car gets you from zero to 60 mph in four seconds, according to Car & Driver.
The Mini Cooper Countryman is a thrill to drive with plenty of style and features to match. The 2018 models feature a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 189 hp, which for a car of its weight and size makes for a speedy ride. From its sleek lines to its wide range of interior amenities, the Mini Cooper Countryman is a sports car with plenty of curb appeal.
The Subaru BRZ 2017 and later models have a sleek new suspension design for a better road-hugging experience. You can choose from the Premium, Limited, and Series trim levels in these models. Whether you want the Brembo® brakes for "stop on a dime" power, a six-speed manual transmission for some "good old days fun," or the ability to reach 60 mph in just over six seconds, the Subaru BRZ is sure to deliver.
New for 2017 is a "Retractable Fastback" option for the Mazda MX-5 Miata. In addition to this sports car's low-slung body and sleekly powerful lines, you'll like the fact that you can retract the roof at an intersection before the stoplight changes from red to green. Rather than stowing completely away, only the rear window and overhead roof panel disappear. It’s a classy look for a two-seater. If you have your heart set on a soft top, you can also choose one (as a manually-folding option).
Available in three trim levels, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is powered by a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp. While the Sport trim level comes with black cloth-trimmed sport seats, the Club version adds red accent stitching. If you want to sink into supple leather seats, opt for the Grand Touring trim level.
If classic sports car styling is what gets your heart racing, the 2017 Nissan 370Z delivers. The coupe and convertible models come standard with a V6 engine that's situated farther back on the car's frame. This more-balanced weight distribution gives it a maneuverability that you'll love.
If you’re a sports car purist, opt for the 370z’s available six-speed manual transmission. You can also sit back and let the seven-speed automatic do the shifting for you. For a bump in horsepower to 350 ponies – as well as some serious racecar looks — opt for the Nismo coupe-only model.
Since 1983, the Volkswagen GTI has been racing down city and country streets. In 2017, the GTI continued its reputation for boasting a powerful engine, generous cargo area, and sporty style. The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard; however, if you want a boost to 210 hp, then be sure to choose a Sport, Autobahn, or SE trim level.
If you thought the best sports cars were only for two passengers, then think again. The 2018 Subaru WRX features a turbocharged four-cylinder and an impressive 305 hp. With four doors, heated seats, precise steering, and the ability to handle all types of terrain courtesy of its AWD, the Subaru WRX is sure to impress passengers and drivers of all ages. For 2017, the WRX retains its precise steering and nimble handling. Its all-wheel drive gives you additional traction that helps to minimize any power loss should you spin the wheels coming out of a turn on slick terrain.
All-American sports car fans can’t go wrong with the Chevrolet Corvette. This two-seater, sporty car is available either as a low-slung, graceful coupe or as a convertible. New for 2017 is a Grand Sport trim level that joins the base Stingray, Stingray Z51, and Z06 trim levels. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe comes with a roof panel that you can remove and store in the trunk. Choose the convertible and experience the car's power soft top.
The 2017 Stingray base model comes standard with a powerhouse of a V8 engine that's paired with a seven-speed manual transmission. Even though there's a lot of power (455 hp!) under the hood, you won't feel jostled. Because of the attention to comfort, you'll enjoy the snug experience of feeling like you're in the cockpit of a fighter jet.
While the Chevrolet Camaro has traditionally been known as a muscle car, the 2016-2018 models have fully embraced their status as luxurious sports cars that pack a punch. The Chevrolet Camaro was fully redesigned in 2016, and it’s steadily evolving into a sports car with the beating heart of a muscle car. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS, with its 6.2L V8 engine, can roar from zero to 60 in under four seconds.
Even though it's quick and powerful, the Camaro handles precisely and responsively. When shifting, the car is nimble and adept, making your work commute something to look forward to.
When people think of an all-American sports car, they often think of the iconic Ford Mustang. This car features responsive handling, an adrenaline-charged rush on backroad hairpin turns, and the speed to enjoy a bit of fun. Whether you want to measure lap times, enjoy Bluetooth connectivity, or simply kick it old school with a manual-transmission, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is sure to deliver with up to 460 hp.
As a four-seater, the Mustang makes it easy for you to cart the kids around while still enjoying a sports car body style and pep. The Track Apps feature, found on trims like the 2017 Ford Mustang GT, lets you automatically measure lap times and other data, while the rearview camera available on newer model years makes backing into those tight parking spaces a breeze.
After reading through this roundup of the best sports cars, you might still have questions about which sports car is the best for you. Check out these additional resources:
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