Small sport sedans are a popular choice for car enthusiasts who want a balance of performance, practicality, and style. These cars are known for their agile handling, powerful engines, and attractive design.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the best small sports sedans on the market today. You’ll make a confident decision when it comes to your next car purchase.

2024 Honda Civic Si

The Si strikes a great balance between performance and everyday usability, with a fun manual transmission, sharp handling, and a comfortable interior. It’s also relatively affordable compared to other options on this list.

Honda-Civic-Si
FeatureSpecification
Engine1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower200 hp
Torque192 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive
Fuel economy (city/highway)26 mpg / 36 mpg
0-60 mph6.0 seconds
Top speed141 mph
Curb weight3,111 lbs
Seating capacity5
Starting MSRP$31,995

2024 Toyota GR Corolla

This hot hatch offers blistering performance thanks to its turbocharged three-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. It’s also surprisingly practical, with a decent amount of cargo space and a comfortable back seat.

Sport-Compact-Toyota-GR-Corolla
FeatureSpecification
Engine1.6L turbocharged 3-cylinder
Horsepower300 hp
Torque273 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual
DrivetrainAll-wheel drive
Fuel economy (city/highway)22 mpg / 32 mpg
0-60 mph4.9 seconds
Top speed169 mph
Seating capacity5 passengers
Cargo space16.1 cubic feet
Starting price$43,995

2024 Hyundai Elantra N

The Elantra N is another great option for driving purists, with a powerful turbocharged engine, sharp handling, and a comfortable interior. It’s also one of the most affordable performance sedans on the market.

2023-Hyundai-Elantra-N
FeatureDetails
Engine2.0L turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower286 hp (with N Grin Shift)
Transmission6-speed manual (standard), 8-speed dual-clutch automatic (optional)
Drive wheelsFront-wheel drive
0-60 mph5.0 seconds (estimated)
Top speed155 mph (limited)
Fuel economy (EPA)22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway / 25 mpg combined (estimated)
Curb weight3,496 pounds
Seating capacity5 passengers
Cargo space14.3 cubic feet
Starting MSRP (est.)$35,000+ (estimated)

2024 BMW 3-Series

The 3-Series is the benchmark for sport sedans, and for good reason. It offers a wide range of powerful and efficient engines, sharp handling, and a luxurious interior.

Feature330i SedanM3 Sedan
Starting MSRP$43,545$73,945
Engine2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-6
Horsepower255 hp479 hp
Torque294 lb-ft479 lb-ft
Transmission8-speed automatic8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined)25 mpg / 34 mpg / 28 mpg17 mpg / 25 mpg / 20 mpg
Seating Capacity55
Cargo Space17 cubic feet17 cubic feet
Standard Features8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Wi-Fi hotspot, moonroof, LED headlights, automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, head-up display, Harman Kardon sound system, wireless charging pad, heated and ventilated front seats, 19-inch wheels
Available OptionsHead-up display, wireless charging pad, heated and ventilated front seats, 19-inch wheelsM Performance Package (increases horsepower to 503 hp), carbon fiber exterior parts, M Sport brakes, track-focused suspension

2024 Audi A4

The A4 is another great choice for luxury buyers, with a refined driving experience, a comfortable interior, and a wide range of technology features.

FeatureSpecification
Engine2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Horsepower201 hp
Torque221 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/highway)25 mpg / 34 mpg
0-60 mph6.1 seconds
Starting MSRP$41,445

2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The GTI is a classic hot hatch that offers plenty of performance and fun for the money. It’s also practical, with a comfortable interior and decent cargo space.

Sport-Compact-Volkswagen-Golf-GTI
FeatureDetails
Engine2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower241 hp
Torque270 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic
Fuel economy29 mpg city / 36 mpg highway (manual), 27 mpg city / 34 mpg highway (automatic)
0-60 mph6.4 seconds (manual), 6.2 seconds (automatic)
Top speed145 mph
Starting MSRP$31,545 (manual), $33,245 (automatic)
Seating capacity5
Cargo space19.9 cubic feet behind rear seats, 37.5 cubic feet with rear seats folded
Warranty4 years / 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 12 years / 100,000 miles powertrain

2024 Subaru WRX

The WRX is a great choice for performance-minded buyers on a budget. It offers a turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, and a comfortable interior.

Subaru-WRX
FeatureSpecification
Engine2.4L turbocharged H4
Horsepower271 hp
Torque258 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual or CVT automatic
DrivetrainAll-wheel drive
MPG21 city / 27 highway (manual), 20 city / 25 highway (CVT)
Seating capacity5
Cargo space13.7 cubic feet
Curb weight3,329 lb (manual), 3,397 lb (CVT)
Length183.9 inches
Width70.7 inches
Height57.5 inches
Wheelbase107.9 inches
Ground clearance8.7 inches

2024 Acura Integra

The Integra is a new entry in the small sport sedan segment, and it offers a promising blend of performance, comfort, and value.

FeatureIntegraIntegra A-SpecIntegra Type S
Engine1.5L Turbocharged 4-cylinder1.5L Turbocharged 4-cylinder2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower200 hp200 hp320 hp
Torque192 lb-ft192 lb-ft310 lb-ft
TransmissionCVTCVT (6-speed manual optional)6-speed manual
Drive wheelsFront-wheel driveFront-wheel drive (Limited-slip differential available with manual)Front-wheel drive
Fuel economy (city/highway/combined)27 mpg / 33 mpg / 29 mpg25 mpg / 32 mpg / 28 mpg25 mpg / 30 mpg / 27 mpg
Starting price$30,800$34,800$38,900

2024 Genesis G70

The G70 is a stylish and feature-packed option from Genesis, and it offers a good balance of performance and comfort.

2024-Genesis-GV70
Feature2.5T3.3T
Engine2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder3.3L twin-turbo V6
Horsepower300 hp365 hp
Torque311 lb-ft376 lb-ft
0-60 mph (seconds)5.85.2
Transmission8-speed automatic8-speed automatic
DrivetrainRear-wheel drive (standard), AWD (optional)Rear-wheel drive (standard), AWD (optional)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy)22/31 mpg (RWD), 21/28 mpg (AWD)18/27 mpg (RWD), 17/25 mpg (AWD)
Starting Price$43,000 (RWD), $45,500 (AWD)$52,000 (RWD), $54,500 (AWD)

2024 Kia Stinger

The Stinger is a stylish and powerful hatchback that offers a lot of car for the money. It’s not as sharp handling as some of the other options on this list, but it’s still a lot of fun to drive.

FeatureGT-LineGT2GT-Line AWDGT2 AWDTribute Edition
Engine2.0L Turbocharged I43.3L Twin-Turbo V62.0L Turbocharged I43.3L Twin-Turbo V63.3L Twin-Turbo V6
Horsepower300 hp368 hp300 hp368 hp368 hp
Torque311 lb-ft376 lb-ft311 lb-ft376 lb-ft376 lb-ft
Transmission8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic
DriveTrainRWDRWDAWDAWDAWD
Starting Price$45,590$54,750$48,390$57,590$66,460

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