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2020 Best Sports Sedans | CarMax

Want sports car fun but need space for passengers too? The power of performance doesn't have to be exclusively mated to two doors and two seats, there are plenty of sedans out there that pack the thrill you're looking for without sacrificing on room.

If you're after a sports sedan that's as exciting as it is practical, there's plenty of options worth a test drive or two. And to help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 8 best sports sedans for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

  1. BMW M5
  2. Chevrolet SS
  3. BMW M3
  4. Mini Cooper Countryman (4D Sport Utility)
  5. BMW X2
  6. Volkswagen GTI
  7. Mini Cooper Countryman (4D Hatchback)
  8. Subaru WRX



2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW M5 | CarMax

If the thrilling power produced by twin turbos is something that you're looking for in a sports sedan, the BMW M5 happily delivers. With its 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine making 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque (2018 models onward), you're sure to fall in love the moment your foot touches the pedal. Refreshed in 2018, you can find the following standard features on 2018–2019 models:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Lightweight carbon roof
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • 20-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heads-up display


Chevrolet SS

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Chevrolet SS | CarMax

If you're after a sedan with as much power as it has practicality, consider the Chevrolet SS. The SS, which stands for Super Sport, was sold between 2014–2017 and is capable of producing 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque thanks to its impressive 6.2L V8. With a 2017 model, you can expect a wide range of standard features including:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heads-up display
  • Eight-inch color touchscreen with available Chevrolet MyLink®1
  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot2



2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW M3 | CarMax

From the driver seat of the BMW M3, you can experience practical capability and wild-eyed fun all in one very attractive package. The 2017 BMW M3 with its capable 425-hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine delivers all the thrill you can handle with a style and design that's sure to turn heads the moment rubber hits pavement. For 2017–2019 models you can expect standard features like:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • 10-way power-adjustable cloth front seats
  • Sport exhaust
  • BMW iDrive® infotainment
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system


Mini Cooper Countryman (4D Sport Utility)

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Mini Cooper Countryman | CarMax

If a crossover with a fun and sporty drive is more your speed, check out the Mini Cooper Countryman which seamlessly blends performance and utility to meet your needs. Under the hood of the 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman S, you'll find a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that makes for a spirited drive both in the city and out in the country. Standard features from 2017–2019 include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Bluetooth®
  • Dual-panel sunroof
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • 6.5-inch infotainment display

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2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW X2 | CarMax

With the BMW X2, you can expect sports car performance, sedan practicality, and an upscale and comfortable ride, all in a four-door package. This subcompact crossover which was introduced in 2018 is ready to give you miles of sporty fun thanks to the base model's turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Standard features found on 2018–2019 models include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • Simulated-leather upholstery
  • BMW iDrive infotainment interface
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay integration


Volkswagen GTI

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

Do you expect an awesome balance of performance, power, and poise from your vehicle? The Volkswagen GTI—a classic, torquey hot hatch with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine available in all model years, a sharp-looking design, and room for your friends and their belongings—deserves a spot on your shortlist. The 2017 base-model Golf GTI S is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that makes 210 hp. For 2019, the powerplant is replaced by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder making 228 hp. Standard features on 2017–2019 models include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen


Mini Cooper Countryman (4D Hatchback)

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Mini Cooper | CarMax

If great handling, peppy power, and stand-out design are what you're looking for in a sports sedan, the Mini Cooper has plenty to offer you and more. Whether you prefer a classic look with the Mini Hardtop, want more power with the S, or you're looking for more sunshine during your drive with the convertible, this versatile car will work hard to put a smile on your face. That's especially true for the S model and its 189-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine (from 2017). Standard features on 2017–2019 models include:

  • 15-inch wheels (16-inch on Cooper S)
  • Simulated leather
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth


Subaru WRX

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Subaru WRX | CarMax

Behind the wheel of the Subaru WRX, every day is an opportunity for a high-spirited drive that boasts an awesome balance of power, precision, and full-time all-wheel drive (standard on all model years). And it's not just performance you'll be getting—there's also plenty of room for passengers too. The 2017–2019 Subaru WRX base model comes with four doors, a manual six-speed transmission, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Standard features between 2017–2019 include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™
  • EyeSight® driver-assistance technology

Sports car power and sedan practicality are far from mutually exclusive, and with this list to guide you, the only thing left to do is take one of these sports sedans out for a test drive.

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