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Five Sedans That Can Be Considered “Sports Cars,” and Five That Fall Short

When one thinks about what makes a sports car a “sports car,” they think about three things:

  1. Speed – Speed is life, right?
  2. Power – Speed is one thing, but the ability to get to your top speed as quickly as possible is another.
  3. Aggressive Handling – How fast can you take that on-ramp?

Therefore, a sports car is one that is specifically designed to provide superior performance at the expense of things like luxury and basic practicality.

The traditional perception is that a sports car must have two doors and an engine that guzzles fuel. However, based on our three criteria, some four door sedans can be considered sports cars. Here are five sedans that we call sports cars, and five that don’t cut it.

Sedans That Are Definitely Sports Cars

Porsche Panamera sedan

The Porsche Panamera sports sedan is, without a doubt, the finest 4-door sports car you can buy

Porsche Panamera

With a 400-horsepower 4.8-liter engine, the Panamera S from Porsche combines aggression with luxury and most definitely makes it to this list. Compared to Porsche’s 989 Concept from the late 1980s, the Panamera is labeled as a high-performing sedan, thanks to its powerful engine. It’s also quite expensive, with a price tag of $75,200.

Mazda3 Sedan

The Mazda3 isn't fast, but it's a fun, inexpensive car that corners on rails.


Tagged as an economy sports sedan, the Mazda3 is available in three engines, including a SkyActive 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. An efficiently agile vehicle, the Mazda3 is a perfect example of a sports sedan and although it comes with a more humble 155 horsepower, it is one that will give you the feel of being in a sports car when you’re speeding along that highway. Price of the Mazda3 is $15,200.

BMW 3-series sedan

The BMW 3-Series Sedan, a mostly carbon copy of the 3-Series Coupe

BMW 3-Series

The BMW 3-Series is one of the first vehicles to be defined a sports sedan, so excluding it from this list would not make any sense. Priced at $35,795, the new 3-Series is one of the latest additions in the market by BMW and it packs in quite a punch. Equipped with a turbo 4-cylinder engine and 15 horsepower more than the previous version, the all-new 3-Series is bound to give you your much-needed thrill and rejuvenate you.

The Audi A4

The Audi A4

Audi A4

Audi has always been known to produce beautiful cars. With such a stylish exterior and interior appearance, the A4 is no less than other Audi models. Besides, the A4 makes for an ideal sports sedan even though it comes with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The A4 can also produce 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Steering and suspension is also extremely smooth, giving you a pleasant ride, and an exhaust system can give it some real ooomph. Price of the Audi A4 is $32,500.

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Cadillac's heart-pounding CTS-V Sedan is the real deal, but the standard CTS is pretty blah

Cadillac CTS-V

One of the most powerful cars on this list, the Cadillac CTS-V is fully equipped with a 550- horsepower V8 engine, giving you all the power and torque you could need. It also has an adjustable magnetic suspension system and although handling can be a little tricky at times, its speed and torque will make you forget all that once you’re behind the wheel. The Cadillac CTS-V is priced at $63,215.

5 Sports Sedans That Aren’t

Sadly, not all powerful vehicles make it to “sports car” status. Despite having powerful engines, they tend to miss out on the feel attached to driving a sports car.

Chevy Impala police interceptor sedan

Even though Chevy offers a policy interceptor version of the Impala, it's still not a sports sedan

Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala packs in a lot of power with a 3.6 liter 300-horsepower V6 engine and might just deceive you by posing as a sports sedan. However, with its sloppy steering and uncomfortable suspension, it just fails to reach that list.

VW Passat sedan

VW's Passat - boring on wheels

Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is nothing more than just a stylish family sedan. Even with the higher-end 280-horsepower V6 or 40-mpg diesel engine, it just does not feel as light unlike many other VW sports cars. It’s perfect for those fun family trips but give it a miss if you’re looking to rule the road.

Buick Regal sedan

The Buick Regal, wildly popular in China, isn't much of a sports car

Buick Regal

The Buick Regal looks good and carries somewhat of a sporty appearance. The real problem with this car is not in its appearance, but with the fact that it can only produce 182 horsepower to make it nothing more than a regular sedan. Besides, at $26,670, you can expect to find sports sedans that will give you more.

Nissan Maxima sedan

Once upon a time, the Maxima was a cool sports sedan. Today? It's overweight. Lose the pounds and the sports car is back.

Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is another car that has some qualities of a sports sedan. A 290 horsepower engine with just enough power and smooth handling are its key features, and there’s no denying that an after-market exhaust can “sport up” the Maxima. It’s also luxurious and lives up to its price too. The only drawback, however, is the fact that it just doesn’t feel sporty enough when compared to other cars in its class.

Cadillac CTS

Last on the list is the Cadillac CTS. The CTS is more of what you would call a luxury car than a sports car. It’s a great car to own but with a base engine of 270 horsepower, you don’t feel that much torque and pull. Apart from that, it’s a classy vehicle.

About the author: Rebecca Jones is a blogger who also happens to be a car lover. Her dream machine happens to be Rolls Royce Phantom. She recently went to attend an autoshow in India and was really impressed with the Indian autos showcased there.


The Best High-Performance All Wheel Drive Cars

Long gone are the days when having four-wheel drive meant that you had to make do with a Land Rover or a Jeep. Whilst this gave you a fair amount of extra power, it wouldn’t do your street credit any favours. Now, the speed demons amongst us can get a four-wheel drive system in a sleek and powerful high-performance car, and so long as your wallet is fat enough you can have the ultimate ride. As can be expected from a high-performance car, nothing will be cheap, from the car itself to the car insurance. Here are some of the best high performance four-wheel drives on the market right now. Read moreRead more


4 Keys to Purchasing Window Tint: A Consumer’s Guide

If you’ve recently purchased a new vehicle, there’s a good chance that you’ve considered having window tint professionally installed on your vehicle…especially if you live in a warmer climate. As with any after-market vehicle accessory, it’s crucial to understand exactly what to look for when making your purchase decision.

Let’s go over a few things that will broaden your knowledge as a consumer, and arm you with the ability to make the wisest purchase.

Four Big Window Tint Questions

1. What is the heat blockage rate of the film? This is an especially important question if you live in a warmer climate Read moreRead more


10 Most Expensive Car Insurance Claims

Car insurance claims go through all the time, and most of the time the amounts that the claimants receive are in the low thousands. But, what about when someone wrecks an expensive sports car? How high is the the insurance payout when some trust fund kid makes a bad decision?

Here are the top ten car insurance claims we could find:

Ferrari Enzo

The Ferrari Enzo. Image copyright by Ed Callow (click for more info)

10. The Ferrari Enzo, with a price tag of £450,000, is one of the hottest sports cars on the market. It fills the pages of super car magazines, and it is on the cover of Internet magazines around the world. When one was wrecked by its owner in Italy, parts had to be flown all the way back to Italy, and the price tag was £170,000.

9. A Lamborghini owner lent the car to his son Read moreRead more


The Top 10 Formula 1 Racing Drivers of All Time

Formula One is a tough and competitive sport, with the world’s finest racing drivers battling it out for the victory. It has become a global brand, and the racers have become respected celebrities and sports personalities.

Top 10 Formula One Racing Drivers

Who are the 10 best drivers to ever grace the Formula One circuit? Image copyright James Bird

Over the many years of Formula One, there have been some incredibly talented drivers – many more than the 10 we list here. Still, many polls have been conducted to decide the best drivers of all time, and here are the most popular choices:

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Preparing Your Car For Winter – It’s That Time Again

Winter can be harsh on your car. Issues that are often ignored during more temperate months can become critical during the extreme conditions of winter. Preparing your car for plummeting temperatures and inclement weather will ensure that your car keeps running and that you avoid having to pay for costly repairs.

Preparing winter driving

Don't get caught in a snowstorm unprepared - follow these tips

Here’s what you need to do: Read moreRead more


Driving Basics for Wannabe Rally Racers

Amateur rally racing is an increasingly affordable sport to try out and test your driving skills “to the max” without resorting to pulling donuts in the local K-Mart parking lot. Rally driving experience days are popular events for people of all ages and ability levels. From ambitious young drivers dreaming of motor racing stardom, to those looking for 60th birthday ideas for the gear-head in their life, investing in a genuine one-day rally racing class is good fun.

Basic rally racing driving techniques

To help you make the most of your day on the rally racing course, here’s a little bit of advanced knowledge to help you get comfortable, not to mention that you can show off to your friends by sounding like you know what you’re talking about.

NOTE: Needless to say, don’t try these techniques on the open road and listen to the advice of your instructors on the day of your rally driving experience.

Handbrake Turns

Handbrake turns are a crucial skill for quickly negotiating those hairpin bends, kicking the car around the tight corners. They also look pretty cool as well.

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You will be advised which corners are appropriate for this on the day, but Read moreRead more


Three Reasons To Get Your BMW Performance Tuned

Each and every year thousands of people all over the world purchase BMW performance cars. The vast majority of those people purchase such cars simply to enjoy day to day motoring in a comfortable yet powerful vehicle. However, a proportion of people that purchase such cars do so in order to take part in track days or even races. Whatever the reason for purchasing a BMW performance car the owner may consider tuning the vehicle. But why would the owner of a vehicle use the services of a BMW tuning specialist?

BMW performance tune

Three reasons to invest in a performance tune for your BMW

First and foremost, tuning a BMW performance car will enhance the performance of the vehicle. Depending upon the tuning, the top end power output, low-end acceleration, or even handling of the vehicle may be improved. Read moreRead more


Guest Post: Five Reason To Buy A Car Cover

There are several benefits to buying a car cover, the most obvious of which is protection and preservation of your car’s appearance. Car covers protect your ride from dirt and debris, sun, rain, ice, and other natural hazards, which means that a good car cover can pay for itself many times over by helping to preserve the appearance and condition of your vehicle.

Here are five reasons to buy a car cover for your ride: Read moreRead more