Best Sports Cars For 2019

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - February 28, 2019

In many areas of the market, automakers seem to be in a race to provide the most practicality, the most luxury, or the most technology per dollar. At least one class still focuses on the driving experience: the sports car.

Despite conflicts between performance and environmental requirements, options for sports cars are plentiful in 2019. The sky is the limit for luxury, but sports cars don’t need to cost more than college tuition. Performance and personality are the name of the game, and these are cars that are all about the journey.

Best Performance: Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette

Why it's a top pick: Long a bastion of drag-race-ready power, the latest generation the Corvette finally added handling to its bag of tricks. Capable of running with cars that cost twice as much, the Chevy Corvette is as good as it gets for performance-per-dollar. The interior is comfortable, the trim range is endlessly customizable, and the V8 engine is even relatively thrifty (for how powerful it is).

Worth knowing: Top-trim 3LT and 3LZ models get a track-ready app, the Performance Data Recorder. The Corvette’s performance is worth testing on a track, and the app can log everything from lap times to video.

Honorable Mentions: Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang

Best Value: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata

Why it's a top pick: For 2019, the Miata celebrates an important milestone: 30 years of proving that huge horsepower (and a huge price) isn’t necessary for an iconic sports car. The shape hasn’t changed much in those years, but the 2019 MX-5 Miata adds personality to a classic look, and the hard-top is especially handsome. The Miata is best in the corners, though this is a car that can bring a smile at any speed.

Worth knowing: The 2019 Miata got a power boost of 26 horsepower, which makes a real difference in a car that weighs less than 2,400 pounds. While stylish and convenient, hard-top models do command a premium over soft-top ones.

Honorable Mentions: Subaru BRZ, Fiat 124 Spider

Best Luxury: Porsche 911
Porsche 911

Why it's a top pick: Although 2019 is the final year for this generation of the Porsche 911, it still wears its legendary nameplate well. Performance is about as polished as you can possibly find, and power output can wind all the way up to nearly 700 horsepower. Interior quality is impeccable, and the feature list is comprehensive – just don’t try to fit four adults inside.

Worth knowing: Customization is the name of the game with 911 selection. Depending on trim and features, this car can be a daily driver, a track-focused performer, or an all-out racecar.

Honorable Mentions: Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, Porsche 718 Boxster

, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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