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2020 Best Sports Sedans | CarMax

Owning a sports car is a dream you don't give up on easily. And nowadays you don't have to, as there's a range of sedans delivering outstanding sports performance, luxury tech, and passenger comfort for five. A thrilling sports car, ideal for the daily commute and your other commitments? Yes, you can have it all.

To help you on your search for performance and practicality, we've compiled an updated list of the seven best sports sedans for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.

  1. Chevrolet SS
  2. BMW M5
  3. BMW M3
  4. Mini Cooper Countryman S
  5. Mini Cooper Countryman (Hatchback)
  6. Volkswagen GTI
  7. Subaru WRX


Chevrolet SS

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Chevrolet SS | CarMax

The 2014-2017 Chevrolet SS is a seriously powerful sports car in the body of a spacious, five-passenger luxury sedan. Its sports-car credentials are clear: 6.2L V8 engine, Brembo® brakes, and power-assisted steering. The SS added the Magnetic Ride Control™ system as standard from 2015, using real-time tech to adapt the suspension to the conditions. This is one heck of a ride. In its final year of production, the 2017 Chevrolet SS delivers as standard:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Nine-speaker Bose® audio system
  • 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth® connectivity



2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW M5 | CarMax

With the flair of a track car and deluxe interior finishes, the sixth-generation BMW M5 is a high-end executive sedan offering a dynamic driving experience. From 2018, the BMW M5 is offered with all-wheel drive stability, a retuned 4.4L turbocharged V8 engine, and a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. This powerful four-door sports car is a dream to handle in variable conditions—and it feels excellent on the daily commute, too. Standard 2018-2019 BMW M5 models provide:

  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon® surround-sound system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 20-way power front seats
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen



2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW M3 | CarMax

Ready to upgrade your daily commute? The supremely civilized BMW M3 is a compact luxury sports sedan that serves up speed, agility, and performance with incredible finesse. From 2017, the iconic M3 is available in a single deluxe trim with three available add-on packages. These add a curated selection of features that can enhance performance, driver-assistance features, or ride comfort and convenience. Features included as standard on 2017-2018 BMW M3 models include:

  • 3.0L turbocharged inline-six engine
  • Leather upholstery
  • Fold-down rear seats
  • Navigation system
  • 18-inch alloy wheels


Mini Cooper Countryman S

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Mini Cooper Countryman | CarMax

The 2017 debut of the restyled Mini Cooper Countryman brought a distinct sparkle to the compact crossover, offering more space for cargo compared to the outgoing model (maximum of 47.6 cubic feet vs. 42.2 cubic feet). Plus, there are some exciting engine choices! The four-door Countryman S is the sports model, featuring a responsive 2.0L four-cylinder engine with eight-speed automatic transmission, a premium-feel cabin, and iconic Mini styling. The 2017-2019 Mini Cooper Countryman S includes these standard features:

  • Heated front sport seats
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Ambient lighting
  • Rearview camera

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Mini Cooper Countryman

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Mini Cooper | CarMax

The base model of the stylish Mini Cooper Countryman (part of the second-generation 2017 Countryman range) is a four-door hatchback, offering functional in-cabin luxury and a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission. The 2017-2019 Mini Cooper Countryman benefits from these standard features:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 40/20/40-split rear seats
  • Keyless entry and available remote start1


Volkswagen GTI

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

The Volkswagen GTI is a hot hatch with plenty of class and style. It has a sporty setup you'll love: a four-door performance car that balances serious driving prowess with an undeniable focus on fun. Stoic, grippy handling with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower takes the 2017-2019 GTI into bold territory. The 2017-2019 base S trim has an impressive set of standard features, including:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Heated front seats with power recline
  • Automatic headlights
  • 22.8 cubic feet of storage


Subaru WRX

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Subaru WRX | CarMax

Taking the top spot on our list is the four-door Subaru WRX, an all-out performance sports car that has attitude and confidence in equal measure. The 2017-2019 base trim WRX has a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine (268 horsepower, 258 lb.-ft. of torque), six-speed manual transmission, and responsive all-wheel drive. Your days off might be spent on a track (it's race ready, after all), but the WRX has enough comfort and tech to make everyday driving a roaring success, too. The 2019 Subaru WRX includes as standard:

  • Six-speaker infotainment system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Automatic climate control

These four-door sports sedans offer the best of both worlds: exhilarating performance capability and practical daily driving enjoyment.

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