It seems everywhere you look, there’s an opportunity to drive, rent or buy luxurious sports cars.
Of course, you want the latest and greatest, high-performance sports cars, but what to choose? Consider some of the surprisingly affordable sports cars that were U.S. bestsellers in 2019 based on auto reviews, sales figures and test drives.
10. BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 roadster was out of production for two years, but it came back with a bang of gusto in 2019. The Z4 is low-slung and dynamically styled and comes powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. BMW plans to introduce a sportier M40i model with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine with the ability to reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
But don’t wait. The BMW Z4 is fun, speedy powerhouse. This roadster’s wide stance, 50/50 weight distribution and aerodynamic styling make it one sporty dream machine.
9. Porsche 718
Porsche’s sleekly cast 718 line gives you a choice of Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe. Both are offered in base, S and GTS trim, with road-gripping handling and either of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. There’s also a Cayman GT4 and a 718 Spyder with six-cylinder power. Reviewers love its low center of gravity, what they call “brilliant suspension” and never-let-go grip.
Let it loose on the highway or use it as a daily driver (as long as you don’t mind tiny cargo space). You’ll enjoy a fun ride in a traffic-stopping beauty.
8. Infiniti Q60
Don’t discount the Infiniti Q60 as a true contender against the Audi A5 and other arguably better-known sports cars. Consider that the Q60 is mechanically related to the Nissan 370Z, though it features its own high-end, aerodynamic exterior and interior styling. It is available in Pure, Luxe and Red Sport 400 trim levels with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive.
Think the Infiniti is an also-ran in the sports car market? One test drive will disprove that belief. Climb into the driver’s seat and gun the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that makes 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the Q60 is peppy and fun to drive.
7. BMW 2 Series
When BMW describes its 2 Series as a “screaming symphony of metal in motion,” it’s no exaggeration. The aerodynamic exterior styling is only one of the reasons the 2 Series is a beloved sports car. The line consists of the four-cylinder 230i and the turbocharged six-cylinder M240i and M2 versions.
When the sports demon is powered by a 3.0-liter M Twin Power Turbo inline-6 Cylinder, it redlines at 7,600 rpms. Want speed? This version of the 2 Series blasts from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
6. Mazda MX-5 Miata
The iconic Mazda Miata is a lithe and lively little roadster that’s the ideal ride in which to tackle a twisty road or just zoom around town in style. The latest models starting with 2019 have 26 more horsepower, boosting it from 155 to 181. With a 7,500 rpm redline, the Miata is much more than just a pretty face.
5. Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 line encompasses several different variations, each with its own performance capabilities. The line includes coupes, convertibles and Targa models with rear or all-wheel-drive and six-cylinder engines that include twin-turbocharged versions. Whether you buy a new or used Porsche 911 you’re in for a thrilling ride.
4. Chevrolet Corvette
The iconic Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most beloved sports cars on the market. New models are available as a Stingray, Stingray Z51, Grand Sport, and Z06 trims, along with the high-performance ZR1. All of these Corvettes differ slightly but share the iconic exterior flowing lines, integrated aerodynamic and cooling components and beastly V8 engines. Combine that powerful engine with responsive handling and you see why the Corvette is hailed as close to a race car as a street-ready sports car can get. Whether you buy a new or used Chevrolet Corvette you’ll have the rides of your life.
3. Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro has long been Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Mustang. It’s available in LS, LT, SS and ZL1 trim levels, with either a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a V6 or a brawny V8 with or without supercharging. All versions except the hardtop-only LS are offered as a coupe or convertible. The Camaro was redesigned in 2019 giving it a taller, newly sculpted hood, bolder grills and new LED headlamps. The various models have different engine power but they share a common attribute — muscle. You can’t go wrong with either a new or used Chevrolet Camaro.
2. The Dodge Challenger
Those that long for a classic muscle car with modern technology and styling need to consider Dodge’s Challenger. The automaker calls it “bigger and badder,” and one look shows that’s no exaggeration. Just consider the engines. Besides the standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine, there are four options from the 5.7L HEMI V8 Engine all the way to the Supercharged 6.2L HEMI Hellcat High-Output V8 Engine. The heritage design with modern tech and comforts makes the Challenger one of the top favorites of sports car lovers.
1. Ford Mustang
The original “pony car” is arguably the most beloved sports car in the U.S. The Ford Mustang is offered in coupe and convertible models with either a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a rip-roaring V8. You’ll find used Ford Mustangs fitted with a V6 as well. The line includes EcoBoost, GT, Bullitt and Shelby GT350 models. Whether you buy a new or used Ford Mustang, get ready for a high-performance ride.