Best Four-Door Sports Cars
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Having a family doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style and performance. While most people tend to think of zippy little coupes when they hear the term “sports car,” coupes don’t have a monopoly on the market. There are a number of four-door sports cars — also called performance sedans — that more than meet the bill when it comes to speed, acceleration and style. There’s also a number of sportier sedans, which aren’t quite sports cars, but have the style and some characteristics that make them stand out.
We took into consideration ratings from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, consumers on Edmunds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when coming up with these picks of best four-door sports cars. See the Methodology section for more.
Best sport sedans for the money
While most performance sedans can easily cost $75,000 or more, there are some options that are more affordable. Here are two cars that will give you the power you crave without breaking the bank.
- $51,250 MSRP
- 4.5 out of 5 by KBB experts (rating for Q50); 5.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (3 reviews)
With a 400-horsepower engine, the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is one of the most affordable sports-luxury sedans on the market. Both the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive version ($53,250) come with a turbocharged V6 engine. It also has a host of high-tech features, like forward collision warning system and automatic emergency braking — and these are both standard. The upgraded interior is rich and luxurious to look at, too. However, critics complain about the road noise when riding in the vehicle. Though it’s not been rated by NHTSA, it received “good” ratings in most areas from IIHS. And if you were curious, you can get the Red Sport 400 in other colors besides red.
- 3.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (2 reviews)
- 5 stars NHTSA
With colors like Go Mango, Plum Crazy, and White Knuckle, it’s not exactly a car for those who want to keep a low profile. Just the opposite — this is a flashy and fast, powerful four-door vehicle. It’s also heavy, though it still can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. While it delivers on size and acceleration, it does guzzle gas — 16 MPG combined — especially if you drive it to its full potential. In addition to its NHTSA rating, the SRT Hellcat received “good” rating in most areas from IIHS.
Best luxury sport sedans
If you’re willing to pay a premium, you can get out-of-this world performance paired with luxurious features.
- $73,995 MSRP
- Not yet rated by KBB; 4.5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (2 reviews)
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has a Ferrari-designed turbocharged engine capable of reaching 505 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful vehicles on our list. It can go from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. It also comes with a state-of-the-art infotainment system that is intuitive and easy to use. However, if your goal is to find a sports car that can also fit your family’s needs, you may need to look elsewhere — the interior is small, with a cramped back seat and little cargo space — plus, the base model with a manual transmission isn’t available in the United States. But while it’s not been rated by NHTSA, it received “good” ratings in most areas from IIHS.
- $84,450 MSRP
- 4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by Edmunds consumers
With a powerful, 467-horsepower engine, the Lexus GS F has a race-inspired cockpit interior. It also comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System, a unique set of safety and security features, such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert with lane keep assist. One major downside is its fuel economy; getting just 19 mpg combined (16 in the city and 24 highway), it’ll cost you at the pump. It’s not been rated by NHTSA, but it has received “good” ratings in most areas by IIHS.
- $102,700 MSRP
- 4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by Edmunds consumers
Near the top of BMW’s racing M line, the M5 offers a turbocharged V8 engine. You’ll pay for it — $100,000-plus, and even more if you choose the Competition model — and that’s before choosing between BMW’s usual extensive list of options and packages. Critics say the interior isn’t as luxurious as you’d expect for the price, but the performance makes up for it. It’s not yet rated by NHTSA.
2019 Tesla Model S Performance
- $112,000 MSRP
- Not yet rated by KBB experts or Edmunds consumers
If you have a need for speed, the Tesla Model S is likely for you. The Model S Performance edition is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, the quickest acceleration out of all the vehicles on our list. With a top speed of 155 mph, it’s fast and powerful, and is all-wheel drive, and as an electric vehicle, it has a 335 mile-range on a single charge. It also has incredible safety features — rear, side, and forward facing cameras and a forward facing radar among them — though it’s not been rated by NHTSA or IIHS.
If a true sports sedan is out of your budget, you can find sporty-looking vehicles at a fraction of the price of performance sedans.
- $35,700 MSRP
- 4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (13 reviews)
- Not yet rated overall by NHTSA
If you’re looking for a sporty car without the high price tag of performance sedans, check out the Type R, the most expensive version of Honda’s popular Civic. With a 306-horsepower engine, it offers plenty of power at a much lower price tag than other vehicles on this list. It can be a family car or a daily commuter vehicle, with good fuel economy (25 mpg combined, with up to 28 on the highway). And, it has a sporty appearance, with rear spoiler and front styling.
- $36,595 MSRP
- Not yet rated by KBB experts; 5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (6 reviews)
- Not yet rated by NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
With an all-wheel-drive configuration, critics say it can handle corners and backroads with ease. It has a 310-horsepower turbocharged engine, giving it quick acceleration and a powerful driving experience. With details like a rear spoiler, it looks like a sports car. However, critics say that road and wind noise are excessive, and the interior quality is lacking, though also described as “useful.”
Ways to finance the best 4-door sports cars
If you’re looking to buy a sports sedan or performance vehicle, you’ll need to be prepared to pay a good chunk of change. Few people have that kind of money sitting in savings, so you’ll likely end up financing your vehicle. To get the best deal on your new car, make sure you secure financing ahead of time, rather than relying on financing through the dealership.
By securing an auto loan through a credit union, bank, or online lender, you have more negotiating power at the dealership. If they can beat the deal you already have, great, you did your research. On LendingTree, you can fill out an online form and receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, instead of filling out five different lender applications.
To identify the best sports sedans on the market in 2019, we looked at 20 different models for sale at a wide range of price points. We evaluated each car based on ratings from Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds, when available. For consumer reviews, we included the number of reviews posted as of the date of publication. We evaluated each car’s horsepower and acceleration, as well as its features like technology offerings.
We also looked for vehicles ranked by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. If the vehicle had not been rated by either safety organization, they were eliminated from our list. The Tesla Model S is a notable exception — the 2019 model has not yet been rated but earlier models have received 5 stars.
MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.