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Best Sports Cars | CarMax

Are you dreaming about owning a sports car? Many sports cars offer stunning body styles, high-performance engines, and a thrilling driving experience to really get the adrenaline pumping. On this list, you'll find full-blown muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, classic coupes like the Nissan 370Z, convertibles like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and even more practical options like the BMW M3 sedan or the hatchback Volkswagen GTI.

With such a variety of ways to indulge yourself and have some fun on the road, we're here to help you make the right choice for you. Check out our list of the 10 best sports cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

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



Best Sports Cars: BMW M3 | CarMax

First introduced in 1986 as a race car for the road, the BMW M3 is the sporty version of the 3-series sedan that has been an ever-popular choice on the sports-car market. Being a midsize sedan, the 2018 model offers all the convenience and kit you could want from a sedan as standard. This includes:

  • 96 cubic feet of passenger volume
  • 12 cubic feet of luggage volume
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • BMW iDrive infotainment system

And best of all? It can do all this and still perform, thanks to a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine producing 425 hp. Additionally, the Competition package is available on the 2018 model, which tunes the differential and suspension settings while boosting output to 444 hp. As a four-door sedan that gives the same thrills as any two-door coupe, the BMW M3 is bound to put a smile on your face.


Subaru BRZ

Best Sports Cars: Subaru BRZ | CarMax

First introduced in 2013, the Subaru BRZ proves that you don't always need a huge engine or lots of hp to have a great time behind the wheel. A simple front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe, the 2019 BRZ comes standard with a manual gearbox and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine packing 205 hp. With the optional automatic transmission, the output for 2019 models becomes 200 hp.

Standard on the base Premium trim of the 2019 BRZ are:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Trunk spoiler
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Eight-speaker sound system

If you're looking for something that will turn heads during your weekend drives, this is the sports car for you.


Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Sports Cars: Mazda MX5 Miata | CarMax

The fourth generation of MX-5 arrived in 2016 with more aggressive styling than ever. If you're looking for a two-seater sports car but don't need heaps of power, this is a great choice. The 2018 model features:

  • A 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing 181 hp—up 26 hp from the 2018 model.
  • This 2018 2.0L engine is also capable of an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined.1

If you want to drop the top and have the wind in your hair while you drive, you can't go wrong with the stunning MX-5 Miata.


Nissan 370z

Best Sports Cars: Nissan 370Z | CarMax

The Nissan 370Z is sports car with plenty of curb appeal. It offers a classic front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, and fastback-coupe style. First arriving in 2009, the 2019 370Z packs a 3.7L V6 engine, good for 332 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. That is then allied, as standard, to a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. If you want maximum performance, the top-level 2019 NISMO trim features:

  • A 3.7L V6 engine, up-rated to 350 hp
  • Sport suspension
  • Recaro® sport seats

Features on the 2019 standard model include:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control

Classic, stylish coupe body meets Nissan power and performance. It's a recipe that has worked for decades and the 370Z carries on the tradition.


Mini Cooper Countryman

Best Sports Cars: Mini Cooper Countryman | CarMax

The Mini Cooper? A sports car? At first glance, this might seem like a surprising choice, but the Mini Cooper has been using its diminutive hatchback size to give an exciting driving experience for decades. And even though it isn't as small as previous generations, the current-generation Cooper Countryman, introduced in 2017, keeps the tradition alive while offering you practicality options other sports cars might not be able to match.

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman is fundamentally a crossover SUV, which means you get:

  • A choice of front-wheel drive (standard on base models) or the All4 all-wheel-drive system (optional on base models and standard on the John Cooper Works trim)
  • 98 cubic feet of passenger volume
  • 18 cubic feet of luggage volume
  • Extensive list of equipment available

But the Cooper Countryman also packs a performance punch, especially when fitted with the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 189 hp on the 2019 Cooper S model and that output goes up to 228 hp on 2019 John Cooper Works trims. The Mini Cooper Countryman is a daily driver that can fit passengers and luggage while still holding its own on those fun, windy back roads.

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Volkswagen GTI

Best Sports Cars: Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

The original Volkswagen GTI of 1976 was one of the first hot hatchbacks—small hatchback cars capable of matching bigger sports cars' performance thrills. And the 2019 model, which is part of the seventh generation, keeps that legacy alive and kicking.

The 2019 GTI comes standard with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine outputting 228 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, with a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. That performance isn't hard on fuel either—when mated to the six-speed manual transmission, the 2019 2.0L four-cylinder engine is good for an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.1

The 2019 GTI is also well-equipped, with the following features standard on the base S model:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Limited-slip differential

Want to make the drive to work every day a bit more exciting? The Volkswagen GTI is here to do just that and more.


Chevrolet Corvette

Best Sports Cars: Chevrolet Corvette | CarMax

An icon since 1953, the C7-generation (2014–2019) Chevrolet Corvette is a formidable beast that will turn heads on the street and make any journey a thrill ride.

The 2018 Corvette packs a 6.2L V8 as standard, producing 455 hp, with the top-of-the-range Z06 packing a supercharged V8 engine that produces a jaw-dropping 650 hp. Adaptive dampers and up-rated suspension on the Grand Sport model and upwards let the Corvette handle corners just as well as straight roads. And you don't have to sacrifice comfort either; standard kit on the 2018 model includes:

  • Brembo® brakes
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Leather seats

With a C8 generation debuting in 2020, there is no better time than now to test drive a C7 Corvette and experience this incredible car for yourself.


Subaru WRX

Best Sports Cars: Subaru WRX | CarMax

The Subaru WRX is the perfect combination of sedan practicality and sports-car performance all rolled into one. On the one hand, the four-door, five-seat sedan body means the 2019 WRX can offer 97 cubic feet of passenger volume and 12 cubic feet of luggage volume. Passengers? Family? No problem. The 2019 model also offers standard kit like:

  • Hill start assist
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility

But alongside being an adept midsize sedan, the 2019 WRX is also a thoroughbred performance car underneath the hood. A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine packing 268 hp comes standard, while a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out 310 hp comes equipped on STI models. All-wheel drive is also standard across the range (all model years).

The WRX is the daily-driving family car that can also go toe-to-toe with most other performance cars out there—and leave you grinning from ear to ear the whole ride.


Chevrolet Camaro

Best Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro | CarMax

A muscle-car icon since its debut in 1967, the sixth-generation redesign in 2016 turned the Chevrolet Camaro from a straight-line monster into a formidable all-around sports car. The roaring muscle-car heart still beats loud, with the 2019 model giving you the choice of a wide range of engines, including a 6.2L V8 (455 hp) and a 6.2L supercharged V8 (650 hp), alongside four-cylinder and V6 options lower down the trim range. Additionally, the list of available performance kits on 2016-2019 models is impressive:

  • Six-speed manual transmission standard on all trims
  • Eight-speed automatic option is available on all trims
  • Limited-slip differential (standard on all trims)
  • Six-piston Brembo brakes (standard 1SS Track Performance trim and up)
  • Magnetic-ride control suspension (standard on 1SS Track Performance trim and up)
  • Performance tires (standard on 1SS Track Performance trim and up)

Forget what you know about the Camaro; this classic muscle car has evolved into a true sports car. And that means an exhilarating driving experience for you.


Ford Mustang

Best Sports Cars: Ford Mustang | CarMax

This legendary pony car is as complete a driving experience as ever. With four seats, 83 cubic feet of passenger volume, and 13 cubic feet of luggage volume (2019 models), it's as practical as it is powerful.

The 2019 Mustang is available with the choice of two engines:

  • 2.3L four-cylinder engine with 310 hp (EcoBoost trims)
  • 5.0L V8 engine with 460 hp (GT trims and higher)

Additionally, the ride is smooth and quiet when you want it to be, and you can choose from a number of different driving modes (2019 GT models) to adjust the feel of the car based on your mood.

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