Can a Sedan Be Called a Sports Car?
The Volkswagen Passat should be a sport sedan; after all, it's German and comes from a company that traditionally puts a priority on handling. There's plenty to like about the new Passat. It's roomier and more affordable than ever before, and the handling does have some of that Germanic tautness. Plus, if you're willing to spend $6,000 to $9,000 over the price of the base 2.5-liter 5-cylinder model, you can get a 280-horsepower V6 or a 40-mpg diesel engine. But no matter which engine you get, there's something sluggish about the Passat that makes it feel less zippy than you would expect from a VW. That's OK if you just want to haul your family around in a stylish, practical sedan, but the car's performance won't distract the kids from their iPhones.
Do we think it's a sports car? No
The A4 is a longtime contender to the BMW 3 Series and ranks just a tick below it in capability. Nevertheless, we love the look and feel of the A4. Like most Audis, the cabin is so stylish and high-tech it convinces you that you're driving in the future. Even though the A4 comes with only a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, it's a heck of a powerplant that delivers 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Like the 3 Series, the A4's steering and suspension let the driver communicate his will effortlessly to the road, and the optional, legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system gives drivers the capability to muscle their way through turns in a thoroughly enjoyable way.
Do we think it's a sports car? Yes
Cadillac has come a long way from its reputation as the luxury boat of choice for pensioners and pimps. The brand has staked its reputation on a combination of luxury, modernity and performance, and Cadillac has several models that can justifiably be called sports cars. The CTS is almost one of them. It's a firm road-holder with impressive steering and suspension. But, especially with the base 270-horsepower engine, it feels a bit listless under full power. That said, everything else about the CTS is impressive, from its slick interior design to its high-tech goodies and respectable build quality.
Do we think it's a sports car? Not quite
What a difference a "V" makes. The CTS-V's 550-horsepower V8 engine is an overflowing bucket of torque and horsepower, barely contained by an adjustable magnetic suspension system. Sure, the CTS-V can get a little squirrelly on the squiggly roads, but if you have the discipline to hang back just a bit at its limits, this car can hang with — indeed, beat the pants off of — many supersedans twice its price.
Do we think it's a sports car? Absolutely
The Regal is a bold and impressive step for Buick, which has been trying to leave behind its reputation as a maker of retirement-community cruisers. The Regal has some surprisingly nimble moves when you twist the wheel, and it really does look the part of a sleek speedster. But with only 182 horsepower out of the box, it shuffles its feet a bit on full throttle. The turbocharger and GS engines improve the situation almost to the point of inclusion here, but when you start spending that sort of money, you can find a sport sedan with a far higher pedigree.
Do we think it's a sports car? Not exactly
Sam Foley is a Connecticut-based automotive journalist who has written for GQ, Forbes, USA Today, the New York Post and various other publications.
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Half the price of the Porche or CTS-V, which are both fugly anyway.
Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinions, but I do find it very amusing that an owner of a Subaru can call a Porsche or Cadillac “fugly.” Considering what most Subaru’s look like, I always assumed that their owners didn’t care about looks.
I own a Nissan Maxima and I smke 3 series BMW's DAILY!
Umm, yeah. You keep on believing that, Maxima Love. Let's see: a front wheel drive sedan with a heavy front weight bias and a CVT transmission. That's pretty much the anti-sport sedan.
And I dont look like an **** driving it.
No you don't, but you sure sound like one. Your BMW envy is painfully obvious. But, I'm sure your 22" chrome spinners look phat on that Maxima.
Whats the difference between a BMW and a porcupine......with a BMW the pricks on the inside.
No, the pricks are the ones to complain because they didn't have the good judgment to purchase a proper sport sedan in the first place. Please, spend your time more wisely, like completing your G.E.D.
"I own a Nissan Maxima and I smke 3 series BMW's DAILY!"
Gotta call BS on that . . . .
Hey Sam were you trying to show some sedans that are very sporty or like sports cars or a mix of both? Impala and Regal???? The Dodge Charger will from the SXT on up to and including the SRT8 might have been a worthy mention.
mess with Mike,
Let's see, you clearly can't construct a proper sentence with proper grammar. For example, using 4 in place of for, not being able to spell dumb, in addition to not knowing the difference between they're, there, and their. Not trying to be the grammar police, but you have no business referring to anyone as dumb given the issues above.
The definition of a sports car is lost more and more every decade. Reviewers are now calling any "sporty" car a sports cars, and most of these cars I wouldn't even call that. I miss the old definitions of a sports car, 2 seat, 2 door, ample power, amazing handling (for it generation), and its design to give pleasure to the driver and one very lucky passenger. It doesn't need to be the fastest or most powerful car on the road, ie a Austin Healey.
Sadly I'm on my second corvette and the automatic transmission factor doesn't bug me as much as the people I talk to.