Best Sports Cars You Can Buy In 2022

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2022

The number of available sports cars continues to decrease as automakers find it more difficult than ever to meet stricter emissions and fuel economy regulations. Consumers searching for engaging driving dynamics and thrilling speed may have to look a little harder than before, but excellent sports cars are still available, regardless of budget. Here are our top sports car picks for 2022.

Best Performance: 2022 Chevrolet Corvette

Why it's a top pick: Other sports cars have moved to four-cylinder and V6 engines, but the Chevrolet Corvette continues to come with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Thanks to the mid-engine layout, the Corvette can get to 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 194 mph. All of this performance comes in a package that looks as exotic as a Ferrari, but is priced similarly to a well-equipped Dodge Challenger.

Worth knowing: While Chevy offers the Corvette as a convertible, the coupe version of the sports car has a removable roof for open-top enjoyment as standard.

Honorable mentions: Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Toyota GR Supra

Best Tech: 2022 Porsche Taycan

Why it's a top pick: Porsche packs the Taycan with impressive tech features befitting an all-electric sports car that’s also meant to act as a halo product. A 16.8-inch display sits in front of the driver, while the infotainment system is controlled through a 10.9-inch touchscreen. An additional 8.4-inch touchscreen is used to change climate settings and for smartphone compatibility. Additionally, the Taycan is also available with a 10.9-inch touchscreen for the front passenger and a 5.9-inch touchscreen to control the HVAC settings in the back. Despite having so many screens, the Taycan’s tech is easy to use.

Worth knowing: The Taycan utilizes an 800-volt electrical system that allows it to go from an 8% charge to an 80% charge in 20 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger.

Honorable mentions: Tesla Model S Plaid, Audi e-tron GT

Best Value: 2022 Toyota 86

Why it's a top pick: The second-gen Toyota 86 returns for the 2022 model year with more power, sharper styling, and an improved cabin. For just $28,725, the 86 lets enthusiasts have a back-to-basics sports car that emphasizes enjoyability, feedback, and driver engagement. All of this comes at the expense of interior space, comfort, and usability, but as a pure driving machine, few vehicles, even those that cost three times as much, are as entertaining as the 86.

Worth knowing: Just like the previous generation, the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were developed in conjunction with one another and are near-identical twins beyond some suspension tweaks and styling.

Honorable mentions: Subaru BRZ, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang

Best Luxury: 2022 Porsche 911

Why it's a top pick: In the luxury segment, the Porsche 911 is one of the few options on sale to still be available with a manual transmission. That alone is worth commendation. The iconic sports is available in a wide range of trims from grand tourer to hardened sports car, while offering a sophisticated interior design, excellent fit and finish, and premium materials. Unlike other sports cars, the 911 doesn't require consumers to compromise interior quality for performance. Additionally, the majority of trims continue to come with rear seats.

Worth knowing: The 911 is available in 22 different trims, with six different powertrains, and in three different body styles. This doesn’t include the near-endless number of options and level of customization that Porsche offers.

Honorable mentions: Porsche 718 Cayman, Mercedes AMG GT, Maserati MC20

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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