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Put some pep into your drive with these sports cars.

Best Sports Cars | CarMax

Does your commute need some more excitement? A sports car is a great way to add a thrill to your day. These sports cars have snappy acceleration, tight steering, and heart-thumping driving dynamics. If you like living life in the fast lane, then a sports car is the next vehicle for you.

Kick-start your search by checking out our list of the 10 best sports cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. BMW M3
  2. Subaru BRZ
  3. Nissan 370Z
  4. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  5. Volkswagen GTI
  6. Subaru WRX
  7. Mini Cooper Countryman
  8. Chevrolet Corvette
  9. Chevrolet Camaro
  10. Ford Mustang


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BMW M3

Best Sports Cars: BMW M3 | CarMax

Don't be fooled by the four doors—the 2017–2019 BMW M3 is as much a sports car as a compact sedan. It is powered by an impressive twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that pumps out 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The standard 2017–2019 BMW M3 has a six-speed manual, with an available seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for lightning-fast shifts.

You'll find the following features on a standard 2017–2019 BMW M3:

  • Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Power and heated front seats
  • A Harmon Kardon® surround sound system
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

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Subaru BRZ

Best Sports Cars: Subaru BRZ | CarMax

Get big-time fun in a small package with the 2018–2019 Subaru BRZ. This sports car uses the classic two-door, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive format. Amp up the fun with the available Performance Package, adding SACHS® suspension, Brembo® brakes, and exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels. A 2.0L four-cylinder engine makes 205 hp and powers the rear wheels through a short-throw, six-speed manual transmission on BRZ Premium and tS models.

Standard features on 2018–2019 Subaru BRZ include:

  • LED headlights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • A rearview camera
  • A 6.2-inch touchscreen with Pandora® iHeartRadio® app
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming and USB ports


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Nissan 370Z

Best Sports Cars: Nissan 370Z | CarMax

Smooth lines flow from front to back, giving the 2017–2019 Nissan 370Z a sleek, slip-through-the-air look. Open to the sky with an available removable rooftop. A 332-hp V6 engine puts the power to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission, which automatically matches your revs (2017–2019 models). Get that track-car feeling with the available 2017–2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo package. Horsepower is improved to 350, while the body and suspension are tuned to be more track-friendly.

The 2017–2019 Nissan 370Z includes these standard features:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and brake lever
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Sports Cars: Mazda MX5 Miata | CarMax

The possibilities are endless when you take to the roads in a 2017–2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. This two-seater sports car sets the bar for top-down fun! It features an energetic 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 155 hp, and a standard six-speed manual gearbox. A 2017–2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata with its 2.0L engine has an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 35 mpg when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.1

Get some useful features on all 2017–2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata models, including:

  • LED headlights
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls/li>
  • A six-speaker sound system with driver's headrest speakers
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • A six-speed short-throw manual transmission

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Volkswagen GTI

Best Sports Cars: Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

With four doors of front-wheel fun, the 2017–2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is as practical as it is sporty. This popular hot hatch is an excellent choice if you want something with the space and seating for everyday life that can still put some serious numbers down. A 210-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder is standard on all trims. Upgrade to the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, available on all 2017–2019 Volkswagen Golf three and five-door models.

Standard features on 2017–2019 Volkswagen GTI three-door models include:

  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • An eight-speaker sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • A rearview camera
  • Power and heated side mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Heated front seats


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Subaru WRX

Best Sports Cars: Subaru WRX | CarMax

Subaru took all the brutal lessons they learned on the rally courses of the world and packed them into the 2017–2019 Subaru WRX. Available as the more tame WRX, with a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, or as the pulse-pounding WRX STI, which unlocks a potent 310-hp turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder. Best of all, any 2017–2019 Subaru WRX you buy comes with asymmetrical AWD, designed to keep all that power planted firmly to the road.

A 2017–2019 Subaru WRX has three trims: WRX, WRX Premium, and WRX Limited. Standard features on the base trim include:

  • A six-speed manual transmission
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • A 5.9-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

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Mini Cooper Countryman

Best Sports Cars: Mini Cooper Countryman | CarMax

Don't be fooled by the name or looks—the 2017–2019 Mini Cooper Countryman is every bit a sports car. A rich history of racing is in every Mini Cooper, which you taste with the S trim package. A small turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder makes a big 134 hp (2017–2019 models). Every Mini is available with AWD, giving you a confident grip in the rain and snow. Upgrade to the Countryman S for more power, a sport-tuned suspension, and an available appearance package.

All 2017–2019 Mini Cooper Countryman is well equipped, with standard equipment including:

  • A 6.5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • A rearview camera
  • A six-speaker sound system
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

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Chevrolet Corvette

Best Sports Cars: Chevrolet Corvette | CarMax

Raw power and heart-pumping sound are two hallmarks of the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Corvette. Depending on the level of performance you want, choose from the Grand Sport, Z06, and Stingray models. With up to 650 hp from an available supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine, you can expect quick off-the-line performance. The 2017–2019 Chevrolet Corvette is a rear-wheel-drive classic that should be on your shortlist.

The standard 2017–2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray features:

  • A 6.2L V8 engine making 455 horsepower
  • Xenon HID headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • A rearview camera
  • An eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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Chevrolet Camaro

Best Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro | CarMax

If you're looking for a sports car that has significant available power, you should take a look at what the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Camaro has to offer. The bold, aggressive design gives the nod to the Camaro's muscle car heritage, while the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder base model engine makes 275 horsepower. Still, it gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined when equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission.1 For maximum performance, look for the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

The 2017–2019 Chevrolet Camaro LT base-model includes:

  • A six-speed manual transmission
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • An OnStar® 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot2

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Ford Mustang

Best Sports Cars: Ford Mustang | CarMax

Whether you're looking for a sports car with a big, powerful engine, or one that mixes performance and fuel economy, then there is a 2017–2019 Ford Mustang for you. From an available 310-hp turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder to a 526-hp 5.2L V8 engine, modern features and style are found throughout the interior, complementing the familiar Mustang styling. When equipped with the 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder and a six-speed manual transmission, the 2017–2019 Ford Mustang gets an EPA-estimated 21 city and 30 highway mpg.1

The standard 2017–2019 Mustang includes:

  • A 300-hp 3.7L V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission
  • A rearview monitor
  • A 4.2-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

No matter what kind of features you are looking for in a sports car, there's probably one for you. Be sure to check out these related articles:

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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.
2OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See onstar.com for more information.
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