Every 2023 Sports & Performance Car Ranked from Best to Worst
Sometimes we need a break from the monotony of driving to work, dropping off the kids, and running errands. That’s where sports and performance cars come in. With their stylish designs and driver-centered focus, they add a little cool factor to our daily commute.
Now, opting for an engine that maximizes power and speed can quickly become an expensive endeavor. If price is of no consequence to you, then you might be better off looking at our Luxury Sports & Performance ranking. In the meantime, the everyday individual can (in theory, at least) afford these roadsters. You might notice some of your favorites missing from this list. The Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ and the Nissan Z have taken the year off while they undergo complete redesigns. But don’t worry! They’ll be back next year, better than ever.
We rank 4 sports & performance cars from best to worst by combining their ratings on driving performance, standard features, design, and value.
4. 2023 Dodge Challenger
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Standing outside the 2023 Dodge Challenger, bystanders will definitely notice the powerfully bold engine in this sporty car. But once you’re inside the cabin, things are quiet and comfortable. The Challenger also leads the class in interior and trunk space. But make no mistake, this is a large car, and that causes agility to suffer somewhat. This is the final model year for the Challenger, so 2023 is your last chance.
3. 2023 Chevrolet Camaro
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The 2023 Chevrolet Camaro is right in the middle of the pack. We appreciate its aggressively sporty styling (high marks there), but the design also has a drawback. The narrow windows hinder outward visibility. The interior suffers somewhat from cheap plastic materials, but the front seats are comfortable and supportive making them perfect for racing along a scenic drive.
2. 2023 Ford Mustang
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The 2023 Ford Mustang ticks all the boxes, and it’s easy to see why it’s been so popular after all these years. The engines are athletic (including a V8 option), the handling is spot-on, and the design is handsome inside and out. There are affordable options all the way up to the performance-focused GT version. Plus, the Mustang name has spun off a Ford sub-brand that now includes the electric Mustang Mach-E, inspired by this historic performance vehicle.
1. 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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The 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata just squeaks ahead of the Mustang thanks to better fuel economy and more affordable prices. For those who want a back seat and useable trunk, look elsewhere. Otherwise, buyers will find speedy acceleration, a zippy engine, pinpoint handling, and an exterior design that looks like it was molded by the wind sweeping past the vehicle at high speeds.