The best sports cars come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. No matter your particular tastes, we’re sure you can find something on this list of best sports cars for 2020 that will fulfill your craving for speed and performance.
To drive the Porsche 911 is to drive one of the best sports cars of all time. It has retained all of the traits that have made it iconic since the 1960s, with a rear-engine, flat-six-cylinder layout, and a shape that is unmistakably linked to the original 911. You have your pick of coupe, convertible, or Targa (Porsche-speak for a retracting top) as well as twin-turbo engines that make 370, 420, or 450 horsepower. A seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive are optional. The 911 may be expensive, but this is an instance where it is worth every last pfennig. The base 911 is one of the best sports cars for under $100,000.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Think of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 as a Mustang that has been spending time at the gym—a whole lot of time. Its sheetmetal curves and flexes in a way that we find irresistible. A rip-roaring 5.2-liter V-8 is under the hood and cranks out 526 horsepower; a six-speed manual is the only transmission available, and the clutch effort is minimal. In our testing, we rocketed to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 118 mph. The GT350 stops as good as it goes, braking from 70 mph in 153 feet and pulling 1.02 g’s on the skidpad. It’s one of the best sports cars made in America and one of the best sports cars for under $100,000.
The BMW M2 is the distillation of everything that BMW knows about making the best sports cars: a creamy-smooth turbocharged inline-six engine, stellar handling, and incredible brakes. That engine makes 405 horsepower and teams up with a six-speed manual transmission; a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. We took an M2 with the automatic transmission to our test track and went from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The ride, however, can be punishingly harsh. Although the M2 is a four-seater, the back seat is too tight for taking adults on long trips. Overall, though, the M2 is one of the best sports cars you can buy today and one of the best sports cars for under $100,000. It’s on our 10Best Cars list for 2019.
Honda Civic Type R
Despite its controversial looks, the Honda Civic Type R is an amazing performance bargain. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 306 horsepower; a six-speed manual is the sole transmission choice. In our testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and gripped the pavement with the tenacity of a bulldog. Its brakes are incredible, too, hauling the Type R down from 70 mph in an amazingly short 142 feet. It gets good fuel economy, too; we recorded 29 mpg in our real-world testing. The only drawback is that the Type R doesn’t offer any driver-assistance tech such as blind-spot monitoring or automated emergency braking. Still, we think the 2019 Honda Civic Type R is one of the best sports cars around, which is why we named it to our 10Best Cars list for 2019.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Light, lithe, and lovely, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is—in our humble opinion—the best affordable sports car ever. With deliciously light steering and nimble handling, the Miata responds eagerly to driver inputs in an almost telepathic manner. The engine loves to rev, and the six-speed manual is a joy to shift. Even the six-speed automatic is a willing partner, with quick shifts and sporty programming. Available with a soft top or a retractable hard top, the Miata is fuel efficient, too: The softtop saw 36 mpg in our real-world testing, while the hardtop got 37. The interior is a bit snug, and the trunk is tiny, but that’s the price you pay for all this greatness. It’s a price we’d willingly pay and why we named it to our 10Best Cars list for 2019. And speaking of price, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best sports car for under $30,000.
Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman
We named the Porsche 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman to our 10Best Cars list for 2019 for the way it blends its superlative handling, powerful turbocharged engines, and good looks. The Boxster is the convertible and the Cayman is the hardtop coupe; both offer engines ranging from 300, 350, or 365 horsepower and match up with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With its mid-engine layout, the Boxster and Cayman feel balanced and stable through corners, and their steering responses are quick and accurate. The driving position is perfect, but the interior is tight and cargo room is lacking. These are fairly picky criticisms, because the Boxster and Cayman are still two of the best sports cars around and two of the best sports cars for under $100,000.
Chevrolet Corvette and Corvette Z06
At the top of the sports-car heap is the mighty Chevrolet Corvette—we think it’s the best sports car on the market today due to its irresistible combination of terrific performance with a price tag that doesn’t reach to the stratosphere. We think it’s so great we named it to our 10Best Cars list for 2019. Available as either a coupe or a convertible, a 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8 throbs under the hood; a seven-speed manual transmission is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is optional. In our testing, a Vette with the automatic ripped to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Believe it or not, the Vette is impressively fuel efficient, achieving 27 mpg in our real-world fuel-economy test. Should you require more power, the Corvette Z06 adds a supercharger to the 6.2-liter V-8 and cranks out 650 horsepower.