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 2019 and 2020 that will fulfill your craving for speed and performance.
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.
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.
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.