7 Best Sports Sedans for 2021: Reviews, Photos, and More


Packed with power and practicality.

2020 Best Sports Sedans | CarMax

Whether you want to add some excitement to your daily commute or race around the track on weekends, a sports sedan is sure to spice up your life. Boasting swift acceleration, sleek styling, and comfortable cabins for friends and family, these performance-focused four-door cars are practical and fun for daily life.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the seven best used sports sedans for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

  1. Chevrolet SS

  2. BMW M5

  3. BMW M3

  4. Mini Cooper Countryman (SUV)

  5. Mini Cooper Countryman (Hatchback)

  6. Volkswagen GTI

  7. Subaru WRX


Chevrolet SS

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Chevrolet SS | CarMax

The Chevrolet SS is a high-performance sports sedan that will bring out your inner driving enthusiast with its spicy acceleration and athletic handling. At the heart of the 2017 SS (the last year of production) is a 415-hp 6.2L V8 with 415 lb.-ft. of torque that can rush from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds for some serious street cred. Variable-assist electronic power steering is included on the 2017 model, as well as Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which adapts the suspension to changing road conditions. With its sculpted proportions and aggressive front fascia with functional hood vents, the 2017 SS has curb appeal. Standard features on the 2017 Chevrolet SS include:

  • 19-inch aluminum wheels

  • Rear spoiler

  • Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger sport seats

  • Color head-up display

  • Nine-speaker Bose® surround sound system



2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW M5 | CarMax

Part of the sixth generation introduced in 2018, the BMW M5 is a luxury sports sedan that blends sharp handling and adrenaline-pumping power with four-door practicality. Anchored by a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 with 600 hp and 553 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2018-2019 M5 includes various drive modes to dial up the sedan's performance on the road or track. 2018-2019 models include a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and an adjustable all-wheel-drive system that balances the power output for extra stability. As you whip around corners, you'll also love how the supportive front sport seats hug your body through turns. Other standard features on the 2018-2019 M5 include the following:

  • 19-inch wheels

  • Adaptive suspension

  • Head-up display

  • 10.2-inch touchscreen with navigation

  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon® surround-sound system



2020 Best Sports Sedans:BMW M3 | CarMax

Based on the BMW 3 Series, the rear-wheel-drive M3 is a small luxury sports sedan with fiery acceleration and agile handling. All 2017-2018 M3 models use a 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that pounds the pavement to create 425 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Two transmissions are also available, including a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual to engage with each rev. Whether commuting to the office or enjoying a night on the town, you'll love driving the fun M3. Standard features on the 2017-2018 M3 include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Adaptive suspension dampers

  • Heated front seats

  • Navigation system

  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system


Mini Cooper Countryman (SUV)

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Redesigned in 2017 as part of its second generation, the Mini Cooper Countryman S is wider and longer than its predecessor, providing more interior room for passengers and cargo, but with the same Mini styling you love. A turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine provides 189 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque with the choice of a six-speed manual or an available eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also standard if you want a sports sedan that can handle challenging weather en route to your destination. With 47.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, you'll have plenty of space for your weekend bags, too. Standard features on the 2017-2019 Cooper Countryman S include:

  • 18-inch wheels

  • Roof rails

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Front sport seats

  • Rearview monitor


Mini Cooper Countryman (Hatchback)

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Mini Cooper | CarMax

Want a Mini for jaunts around town? The front-wheel-drive Cooper Countryman four-door hatchback is a fun daily driver. Anchoring the 2017-2019 model is a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine with 134 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque with a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic transmission. This playful performance is matched with a stylish interior that's accentuated with simulated leather upholstery and a large panoramic sunroof that lets in lots of sunlight. Other standard features on the 2017-2019 Cooper Countryman include:

  • 17-inch wheels

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • 40/20/40-split rear seats

  • 6.5-inch display

  • Six-speaker audio system


Volkswagen GTI

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Volkswagen GTI | CarMax

If you like twisty roads and high speeds, the Volkswagen GTI is a hot little hatch with sporty handling and swift acceleration. 2017-2018 models use a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 220 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, but the 2019 GTI ups the ante with 228 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque using the same powertrain. Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the 2017-2019 GTI is also available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. If you want a spacious sports car, the GTI's hatchback offers plenty of room with 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats or 52.7 cubes with them folded (2017-2019 models). Other standard features on the base 2017-2019 VW GTI include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • LED foglights

  • Heated front seats

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities


Subaru WRX

2020 Best Sports Sedans:Subaru WRX | CarMax

The Subaru WRX is a sports sedan that likes to have fun, no matter the season. Boasting standard all-wheel-drive, the 2017-2019 model provides enhanced traction and handling in slick conditions and there's a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is also standard on the 2017-2019 WRX for a lively driving experience, or a continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters is optional. The 2017-2019 WRX Premium includes these standard features:

  • 18-inch wheels

  • Foglights

  • Heated front seats

  • Sunroof

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display (2018-2019)

From head-turning curb appeal and pumped-up powertrains to comfortable cabins with room to stretch out, a sports sedan could be the compromise you need.

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