If you want to go fast, there are plenty of ways to do it. The simplest is to buy a two-door sports car, but what if you've got children or friends who want to tag along? Enter the sport sedan, or the four-door sports car, as the classic Nissan tagline has it. You get ample horsepower and athleticism, plus that crucial second set of doors. In fact, the extra doors likely won't even slow you down since today's top sport sedans are among the fastest non-exotic cars ever made.
There are a lot of models to choose from, though, so with that mind, we've put together a list of the best high-performance sport sedans based on our comprehensive vehicle testing program. All of these cars can spike your pulse with a flick of your right foot, yet they're also fully capable as commuter pods or family haulers. Now all you need to do is hear us out and then decide which ones you want to test-drive. We envy you the fun you'll have.
Best Sport Sedans for 2018
To earn a place among our best sport sedans, the primary requirement was fun. Lots of fun. Some of these sedans are hulking horsepower monsters, while others stand out for their handling prowess. But the common thread is that they're all a blast to drive. We should also note that not all of the cars we picked are sedans in the traditional sense. Some have hatchback trunks, such as the Kia Stinger and the Porsche Panamera, but since they compete against proper sedans in the marketplace, we're including them here. Finally, many of these models are offered in more pedestrian forms, so we've highlighted our favorite sporting variants and their engine specifications. Without further ado, here are this year's best performance sedans, starting with the compact class.
Best Sport Sedans: Compact
While it would be easy to call these sedans "small" by modern standards, they're still practical enough to fit four adults. At the same time, they can feel just like sports cars from behind the wheel, thanks to their nimble handling and eager power.