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19 Best Sports Cars & Coupes in 2022

5/13/2022
by Carter MacLeod

1. 2022 Mazda Miata

Dark Blue Mazda MX-5 Miata in front of the beach
2022 Mazda Miata / Credit: Mazda
  • Price: $27,650
  • Body Style: 2-seat convertible
  • Horsepower: 181
  • What We Like: Fantastic price; simple controls; light and agile
  • What We Don’t: Less horsepower than most sports cars; small cabin

The Miata is a playful 2-seater convertible that provides a lively ride whether equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission or the optional 6-speed automatic. This roadster is sporty and agile around curves. Inside, the Miata features well-bolstered seats on soft cloth upholstery.

All trims come with the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen. Upper trims add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Standard safety features include blind spot warning (BSW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB).

 

2. 2022 Toyota GR86

2022 Toyota GR86
2022 Toyota GR86 / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $27,700
  • Body Style: 4-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 228
  • What We Like: Inexpensive; simple controls; light and agile
  • What We Don’t: Less horsepower than most sports cars

The spry Toyota 86 isn’t the most powerful car in its class, but it’s plenty of fun to drive. It draws 228 horsepower from a flat-4 engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 86 stands out for its agility and responsive steering. Despite its budget price, the cabin has a mix of quality materials and rigid plastics. Its front seats are supportive and comfortable for shorter rides. Like others in its class, seating in the back is tight. All trims come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen.

3. 2022 Subaru BRZ

2022 Subaru BRZ front exterior
2022 Subaru BRZ / Credit: Subaru
  • Price: $27,995
  • Body Style: 4-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 228
  • What We Like: Inexpensive; simple controls; light and agile
  • What We Don’t: Less horsepower than most sports cars

The Subaru BRZ is essentially the same as the Toyota GR86; they’re built side-by-side. The choice between the two comes down to brand preference. The GR86 only gets a slight edge because of its lower price.

Like the GR86, the Subaru BRZ stands out for its agility and responsive steering. It isn’t the most powerful car in its class, but it’s plenty of fun to drive. Its flat-4 engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and puts down 228 horsepower.

The cabin has solid build quality and simple controls, leaving the driver’s attention on the road ahead. Its front seats are supportive and comfortable for shorter rides. Like others in its class, seating in the back is tight. All trims come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen.

 

4. 2022 BMW 2 Series

2022 BMW 2 Series
2022 BMW 2 Series / Credit: BMW
  • Price: $36,350
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or 5-seat sedan
  • Horsepower: 255
  • What We Like: Good standard engine; low price; best performance bargain from BMW
  • What We Don’t: Not much

The 2 Series is offered in two body styles: a 2-door coupe and a 4-door sedan that is called, confusingly, the Gran Coupe. BMW redesigned the coupe for 2022 and eliminated the convertible option. The Gran Coupe is more affordable and spacious, but the coupe is more upscale and fun to drive. Coupe models seat four people with very little room in the second row.

BMW is known for making sporty cars, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the 230i Coupe has one of the highest horsepower ratings of any entry-level luxury car. Its standard turbo-4 engine produces 255 horsepower.

The base 2 Series has a touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a healthy array of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS).

 

5. 2022 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray / Credit: Chevrolet
  • Price: $60,900
  • Body Styles: 2-seat coupe or convertible
  • Horsepower: 490-495
  • What We Like: Astonishing performance; great price; midengine design; beautiful interior
  • What We Don’t: Huge appetite for gas; small trunk

The iconic Corvette has sported a dramatic midengine configuration since 2020, which puts it in the company of exotic sports cars costing hundreds of thousands of dollars more. With its potent 490-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, acceleration is otherworldly. The midengine layout and performance-tuned chassis mean the Corvette feels exhilarating around the track yet stays balanced on everyday drives.

The Corvette has a striking interior design accented with leather and other premium materials. Seats are well-bolstered and supportive. All trims come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen.


6. 2022 Audi A5

2020 Audi S5 Coupe
2022 Audi S5 Coupe / Credit: Audi
  • Price: $46,000
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or convertible; 5-seat sedan
  • Horsepower: 261-444
  • What We Like: Premium quality inside and out; comfortable and quick; nice range of engines in A5, S5, and RS 5
  • What We Don’t: Heavier and slower than a dedicated sports car

The A5 is a well-built luxury small car with an impressive ride and stylish interior. Delivering between 261 horsepower and the top-tier RS 5’s 444 horsepower, the A5 is agile and handles well. All trims come with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The A5 is a bit large to match the handling of dedicated sports cars like the Audi TT, but the tradeoff is more space and comfort. Its top-notch cabin features a modern look accented with leather upholstery, supportive seats, and premium materials.

All trims get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and the MIB infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. The A5 has good safety ratings and an array of available driver assistance equipment.

 

7. 2022 Porsche Cayman

2022 Porsche Cayman
2022 Porsche 718 Cayman / Credit: Porsche
  • Price: $60,500
  • Body Styles: 2-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 300-493
  • What We Like: Arguably better than the 911 at half the price; refined midengine design; agile
  • What We Don’t: You can get more horsepower for less money

The 718 Cayman distinguishes itself with its energetic performance. It’s one of the top selections in its class if you’re looking for a sports car with responsive handling.

Additionally, this Porsche offers enough customization options for buyers to create a car that’s the perfect match for their needs. Be warned, though, that prices climb quickly with each option. A new Cayman with a few upgrades can easily cost over $100,000.

Engines range from the base 300-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder to the 493-horsepower 6-cylinder in the GT4 RS, although that model is almost $150,000. For comparison, a base Corvette has 490 horsepower and costs around $60K.

8. 2022 Ford Mustang

2021 Ford Mustang / Photo Credit: Ford
2022 Ford Mustang / Credit: Ford
  • Price: $27,205
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or convertible
  • Horsepower: 310-760
  • What We Like: Great performance bargain; huge horsepower available
  • What We Don’t: Interior build quality and overall driving experience are not as refined as in other sports cars

With its vast lineup of potent powertrains, there’s likely a version of the iconic Mustang that’ll suit your lifestyle. Its base trim pairs a 310-horsepower turbocharged engine with a 6-speed manual transmission; a 10-speed automatic is available.

The Mustang has plenty of space for passengers up front, but adults will feel cramped in the back. If technology is high on your list, opt for a trim with the SYNC3 infotainment system and an 8-inch touchscreen. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

 

9. 2022 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 Chevrolet Camaro / Photo Credit: Chevrolet
2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS / Credit: Chevrolet
  • Price: $25,000
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or convertible
  • Horsepower: 275-650
  • What We Like: One of the least expensive sports cars; great handling and strong engine lineup
  • What We Don’t: Small interior with poor visibility

Like its arch-rival, the Ford Mustang, the Camaro is one of just a handful of modern cars with a muscle-car heritage. The Camaro’s accessible pricing also makes it a standout; it’s one of the least expensive sports cars you can buy.

The Camaro delivers an exciting drive, whether you choose the standard 275-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the V6, or the robust V8s. The Camaro dials up the intensity with its impressive handling and athleticism.

The Camaro’s cabin is comfortable, but its interior quality is not as good as its competitors’. Front-row passengers get supportive seats and plenty of elbow room, but the rear seats are best left for children.

The Camaro comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen.

 

10. 2022 Porsche Boxster

2020 Porsche Boxster / Photo Credit: Porsche
2022 Porsche Boxster / Credit: Porsche
  • Price: $62,600
  • Body Style: 2-seat convertible
  • Horsepower: 300-394
  • What We Like: Convertible version of the excellent and agile Cayman; doesn’t cost much more than the Cayman; better performance than the 911 convertible for far less money
  • What We Don’t: Gets pricey with options

The 718 Boxster is a small convertible with sharp steering and agile handling. Buyers can choose among three powertrains paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and RWD. A 7-speed automatic transmission is available.

The top-of-the-line engines and options can double the price of the car, so buyers will need to exercise caution if they’re on a budget.

Seating is supportive and comfortable even on longer drives. Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and an easy-to-use infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen are standard, but Android Auto is not available.

 

11. 2022 Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock
2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock / Credit: Dodge
  • Price: $30,825
  • Body Style: 5-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 303-807
  • What We Like: Iconic styling; large interior and trunk; comfortable to cruise in; massive available V8 engines
  • What We Don’t: Heavy; not very agile

The Challenger is a beefy sports car with an impressive lineup of robust engine options, starting with the base model’s 303-horsepower V6 and climbing right up to the 807-horsepower supercharged Hellcat models. The Challenger emphasizes power, so it’s heavier and less agile than others in its class.

The interior is well-built and spacious, but its cabin looks less opulent than its rivals do. It seats five people comfortably. All trims get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen.

12. 2022 Toyota Supra

2021 Toyota Supra Front
2022 Toyota Supra / Credit: Toyota
  • Price: $43,290
  • Body Style: 2-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 255-382
  • What We Like: Nice blend of power and agility
  • What We Don’t: Basically a rebadged BMW; no manual transmission

Toyota raised the bar when it revived the Supra in 2020. Its base 255-horsepower turbocharged engine is faster than you’d expect from a 4-cylinder. For even stronger acceleration, opt for the 382-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine.

The Supra feels controlled around turns and absorbs bumps in the pavement for a smooth ride. An 8-speed automatic transmission and RWD are standard. Leather upholstery, muted colors, and plush seats give the cabin a sleek look, though any buyer familiar with recent BMWs will be able to tell that it was designed in Bavaria, not Japan. (Toyota based the Supra on the BMW Z4 as part of a cost-saving arrangement between Toyota and BMW.)

Available tech features include Apple CarPlay, a smartphone charging pad, and an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display.

 

13. 2022 BMW 4 Series

2021 BMW 4 Series / Photo Credit: BMW
2022 BMW 4 Series / Credit: BMW
  • Price: $45,800
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or convertible; 5-seat sedan
  • Horsepower: 255-503
  • What We Like: Nice mix of comfort and performance; powerful engines available, especially in the M4
  • What We Don’t: Not as luxurious as Audi and Mercedes; more expensive and less agile than the BMW 2 Series

The bold design of the BMW 4 Series, with its oversized BMW kidney grille, matches its available power. Buyers can choose between a 255-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 430i, a 382-horsepower turbocharged inline-6 in the M440i, and the M4’s twin-turbocharged inline-6 making 473 horsepower in the standard M4 or 503 horsepower in the M4 Competition. The 4 Series can’t match the agility of the 2 Series, but it does have more space and more available power.

Supple synthetic leather seats complement the 4 Series’ handsome interior. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, and a user-friendly iDrive infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen are standard.

13. 2022 BMW 4 Series

2021 BMW 4 Series / Photo Credit: BMW
2022 BMW 4 Series / Credit: BMW
  • Price: $45,800
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or convertible; 5-seat sedan
  • Horsepower: 255-503
  • What We Like: Nice mix of comfort and performance; powerful engines available, especially in the M4
  • What We Don’t: Not as luxurious as Audi and Mercedes; more expensive and less agile than the BMW 2 Series

The bold design of the BMW 4 Series, with its oversized BMW kidney grille, matches its available power. Buyers can choose between a 255-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 430i, a 382-horsepower turbocharged inline-6 in the M440i, and the M4’s twin-turbocharged inline-6 making 473 horsepower in the standard M4 or 503 horsepower in the M4 Competition. The 4 Series can’t match the agility of the 2 Series, but it does have more space and more available power.

Supple synthetic leather seats complement the 4 Series’ handsome interior. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, and a user-friendly iDrive infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen are standard.

14. 2022 Audi TT

2020 Audi TT / Photo Credit: Audi
2022 Audi TT / Credit: Audi
  • Price: $50,500
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe; 2-seat convertible
  • Horsepower: 228-394
  • What We Like: Good fuel economy; available as a coupe or convertible; upscale design; high-performance S and RS models
  • What We Don’t: Can’t match the performance of rivals

Distinguished by its rounded styling, the Audi TT is a lively all-around performer. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine channels 228 horsepower to the pavement via a 7-speed automatic transmission. The combo is good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 5.2 seconds. The nimble TT comes standard with Audi’s Quattro AWD system for enhanced foul-weather prowess. The biggest knock on the TT is that it can’t quite match the performance of key rivals.

 

15. 2022 BMW Z4

2020 BMW Z4 / Photo Credit: BMW
2022 BMW Z4 / Credit: BMW
  • Price: $49,900
  • Body Style: 2-seat convertible
  • Horsepower: 255-382
  • What We Like: Top-down fun in a BMW; good price for a luxury convertible
  • What We Don’t: Can’t match the performance of rivals

The Z4 blends luxury and performance in a little 2-seat roadster. The base model gets a 255-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the 40i model comes with a 382-horsepower turbocharged inline 6-cylinder. While both trims may feel less athletic than rival sports cars, they are balanced and controlled around winding roads and sharp turns.

The Z4’s cabin features synthetic leather upholstery and nicely bolstered seats. All trims come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen.

16. 2022 Lexus RC

2020 Lexus RC / Photo Credit: Lexus
2022 Lexus RC / Credit: Lexus
  • Price: $43,545
  • Body Style: 4-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 241-472
  • What We Like: Lexus reliability; comfortable, well-built interior; V8-powered RC F
  • What We Don’t: Can’t match the agility of rivals

The RC comes with an impressive lineup of four powertrain options. A 241-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard in the base RC 300, as is rear-wheel drive. Only one trim is available with AWD, the RC 300 AWD, which is powered by a 260-horsepower V6. A stronger 311-horsepower V6 comes in the RC 350. A heart-thumping, 472-horsepower V8 engine comes in the RC F trim. Still, the RC trails class rivals with better steering and handling.

The cabin features soft seats and premium materials. All trims come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an infotainment system with a touchpad controller.

 

17. 2022 Jaguar F-Type

2021 Jaguar F-Type
2022 Jaguar F-Type / Credit: Jaguar
  • Price: $71,300
  • Body Styles: 2-seat coupe or convertible
  • Horsepower: 444-575
  • What We Like: Raucous V8s
  • What We Don’t: Not as refined as rivals and a whole lot more expensive

Rather than prioritizing maximum performance, the F-Type provides elegance and grace — you get the thrills from tackling a mountain road, not going all-out at a racetrack. That doesn’t mean the F-Type isn’t a performance car. It’s seriously quick, especially if you choose its optional 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. And it’s agile, even if its poise won’t challenge a Porsche’s.

Comfortable, stylish, and still fun to drive, it’s a well-rounded sports car, whether you choose the coupe or convertible. It just can’t match the world’s best performance machines, especially at the price it commands now that Jaguar has discontinued the cheaper engine options.

 

18. 2022 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz
  • Price: $49,900
  • Body Styles: 4-seat coupe or convertible; 5-seat sedan
  • Horsepower: 255-385
  • What We Like: Luxurious
  • What We Don’t: Not as quick or agile as others in the class

With its array of body styles and powertrain options, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class delivers a smooth and composed ride, though it can’t compete with the performance of the cars from BMW and Audi. In a ranking of sedans, the C-Class excels, but against other sporty coupes and convertibles, it can’t quite keep up.

The cabin is quiet and roomy, with premium materials and plush seats. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch display are standard.

 

19. 2022 Infiniti Q60

2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 / Credit: Infiniti
  • Price: $41,750
  • Body Style: 4-seat coupe
  • Horsepower: 300-400
  • What We Like: Standard twin-turbo V6; lively Red Sport 400 trim; good value
  • What We Don’t: Interior refinement and performance aren’t at the level of competitors; design dates back to 2017; frustrating touchscreen

The Q60 stands out for its muscular powertrain lineup. Base trims have a 300-horsepower turbocharged V6, while the top Red Sport 400 gets a 400-horsepower version of the same engine. That’s a lot of power for the Q60’s low starting price. However, the Q60 has been around, virtually unchanged, since 2017, and the years have only widened the gap between the Q60 and the top-ranked sports cars and coupes in the class.

How We Ranked These Sports Cars & Coupes

At Carfax, data and value drive our vehicle rankings. In order to choose the best sports cars, we looked at power, weight, interior space, and, most importantly, the quality and performance a buyer gets for their money. Our rankings are based on the latest 2022 models, but since many of these vehicles have remained unchanged from earlier years, our insights apply to used models as well.

 
 
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