Best Sport Sedans of 2024 and 2025

The Edmunds experts test sport sedan contenders on our test track and in the real world. Our ratings assess performance, comfort, technology, utility, value and more. How we rank

Best Sport compacts

Small cars that pack a big punch are always in style. Thanks to the latest turbocharging technology, that sporty performance is more accessible than ever.

1st
The Civic Type R is friendly, flexible and practical while managing to push the performance envelope of a front-wheel-drive car. Its combination of four usable seats, a sizable trunk and agreeable ride quality makes it a highly desirable daily driver. Read full review

MSRP
$44,795
Combined MPG
24
2nd
The Elantra N is a hugely impressive little sport sedan that we'd shop against any of today's hot hatches. Overall performance is nearly unparalleled among front-wheel-drive cars thanks to a strong engine, nimble handling and some of the best steering you'll find on the road today. Read full review

MSRP
$33,700 - $35,200
Combined MPG
24 - 27
3rd
The Civic Si has grown up, but it's still a blast to drive. While the competition has gotten quicker, and the Si hasn't, it's still a relative bargain compared to the rest of the class, but manages to not skimp on interior quality or tech luxuries. Read full review

MSRP
$29,100
Combined MPG
31
4th
The performance-oriented Forte GT is a compelling product for the money, putting up impressive numbers in our testing and generally backing them up with real-world driving fun. Notable strengths include peppy turbocharged acceleration, a well-tuned transmission and a generous roster of standard features. Read full review

MSRP
$24,390 - $25,090
Combined MPG
26 - 30
5th
The Jetta GLI is comfortable and spacious and includes plenty of standard creature comforts. But it's not as nimble or entertaining to drive as the Golf GTI or some other rival sedans. Read full review

MSRP
$28,085 - $32,585
Combined MPG
28 - 30
6th
Though it's not hatchback, the hot hatch segment is where the Subaru WRX finds its closest competition. The WRX is a bit rougher around the edges which may sound like a drawback for those seeking comfort and refinement. But for those familiar with the WRX's rally racing heritage it's a ringing endorsement. Read full review

MSRP
$32,735 - $44,215
Combined MPG
21 - 22

Best Small performance sedans

If you're looking for luxury and maneuverability along with sizzling speed, small performance sedans are where it's at. These sporty variants are among the most capable sedans in the world.

1st
The Acura Integra Type S is the shot of adrenaline that the brand has needed for so long. It's a gorgeous hot hatch that strikes a wonderful balance between sport compact and entry-level luxury. If you're looking for all the thrills and precise driving of a Honda Civic Type R but crave something a bit more refined, then the Integra Type S is the perfect answer. Read full review

MSRP
$51,800
Combined MPG
24
2nd
The Audi S3 is one of the smallest sedans you can buy, yet it doesn't feel like Audi gave it any less care than its other models. It's comfortable yet also fun to drive thanks to a strong yet fuel-efficient engine and sporty handling. Read full review

MSRP
$47,000 - $53,900
Combined MPG
26
3rd
The Audi RS 3's all-wheel-drive system means traction is ever present, even in slippery conditions, and the vibrant turbocharged five-cylinder engine means you're never wanting for power or drama. But just as it can barnstorm a back road, it can also be a civilized counterpart on the day-to-day. Read full review

MSRP
$61,700
Combined MPG
23
3rd
The Audi S4 combines eye-opening performance with a refined ride and offers excellent all-day practicality and comfort. This is one incredibly well-rounded sport sedan. Read full review

MSRP
$53,800 - $61,100
Combined MPG
24
5th
The Cadillac CT4 V Blackwing is a high-performance variant of the standard CT4 sedan. It comes with an impressive array of standard features including an adaptive suspension and a wonderfully responsive engine. Aside from a cramped back seat and only so-so driver safety aids, the CT4-V Blackwing delivers in all the right places. Read full review

MSRP
$61,495
Combined MPG
18
6th
The S5 offers a great balance of performance and luxury. It's an excellent alternative for those who are willing to trade some of the S4's rear-passenger space for a larger trunk and sportier fastback silhouette. Read full review

MSRP
$56,800 - $64,200
Combined MPG
23
7th
The BMW M3 is a sport sedan that comes so close to being perfect. The all-wheel-drive system gives you confidence in poor weather, plus heaps of grip for explosive acceleration. Yet the highs are so high that the car's numb steering and unpleasant exhaust note really stick out. Read full review

MSRP
$76,000 - $84,300
Combined MPG
18 - 19
8th
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 is quick and handles well, with performance that's generally on par with its German rivals. There's lots of available in-car tech and driver aids too. But there's nothing about this car that makes it a standout sport sedan. Read full review

MSRP
$59,900 - $69,250
Combined MPG
21 - 22

Best Midsize performance sedans

The midsize performance sedan has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to four-door fun. Expect face-flattening acceleration, track-ready handling and the latest tech inside.

1st
It's not cheap, but the RS 6 feels like two cars for the money. Around town, it's an extremely comfortable and well-crafted luxury wagon. But push the RS button on the steering wheel and the RS 6 becomes a rewarding and comically quick performance car. Read full review

MSRP
$125,800
Combined MPG
17
2nd
While other sport sedan manufacturers ask if you want fast or comfortable, Audi simply asks, "Why not both?" The Audi RS 7 combines massive speed and performance potential with a compliant ride and a modern, tech-forward interior. Read full review

MSRP
$127,800
Combined MPG
17
3rd
Cadillac's been in the business of making some seriously fast sedans for over a decade, but none has ever been as cohesive and deeply impressive as the CT5-V Blackwing. It's a comfortable, powerful and great-handling sedan. And if you needed a bonus, the Cadillac even comes with a six-speed manual transmission. Read full review

MSRP
$93,495
Combined MPG
15
4th
The Audi S6 is right there with the class leaders. The interior is roomy and has excellent in-car tech. If you want a large, comfortable and somewhat subtle luxury car with a surprising amount of performance, it doesn't get much better. Read full review

MSRP
$74,700 - $82,900
Combined MPG
22
5th
The Acura TLX Type S presents a compelling alternative to traditional sport luxury sedans. It may not have the potency of a BMW M5, but thanks to an excellent all-wheel-drive system, a robust set of standard features, and a price below most other rivals, the TLX Type S makes for a practical, everyday car that still lots of fun to drive. Read full review

MSRP
$57,000
Combined MPG
21
6th
The Ghibli Trofeo takes a more relaxed and balanced approach to the high-performance sedan formula. Sure, it'll do 203 mph, but the Ghibli Trofeo doesn't wear its performance on its sleeve. However, the competition offers nearly obsessive levels of detailing and precision that this Italian sedan can't always match. Read full review

Best Large performance sedans

"Large performance sedan" used to be an oxymoron, but modern engineering has transformed these land yachts into bona fide sporting machines.

1st
The Alpina B8 is a sleek four-door coupe that will happily whisk you around town or across the continent with both grace and pace. If the M8 Gran Coupe is a bit too in your face and a Bentley Flying Spur screams "Russian oligarch" to you, the Alpina will hit the spot. Read full review

MSRP
$144,900
Combined MPG
19
2nd
BMW took its rebooted 8 Series, stretched it and added two more doors, providing real passenger space and decent utility for people with families. Armed with a 600-horsepower twin-turbo V8 (617 hp in Competition trim), the M8 Gran Coupe moves as good as it looks. Read full review

MSRP
$138,800
Combined MPG
17
3rd
The AMG GT sedan doesn't quite measure up to the best performance sedans. You get a great engine, comfortable seats, super-premium materials and taut handling. But you also get a somewhat cluttered interior, a slightly stiff but noisy ride, and a relatively numb driving experience. Read full review

MSRP
$95,900 - $170,350
Combined MPG
17 - 21
4th
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 sedan is a car that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. The roaring turbocharged V8 engine is a real highlight and one of the best engines in any performance car today. But it doesn't do enough to offset the middling interior space, stiff-legged ride quality, and limited passenger space for a car so large. Read full review

MSRP
$149,200
Combined MPG
17