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Best Performance Sedans for 2024

These are the best performance sedans based on iSeeCars' analysis of each vehicle's power to weight ratio

The best performance small and compact car is the Honda Civic (hatchback) (9.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio), with the Audi RS 3 being the best performance luxury small and compact car (9.1 weight-to-horsepower ratio). The Lincoln MKZ ranks #1 for the best performance luxury midsize cars (9.8 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

The best performance large car is the Chrysler 300 (9.0 weight-to-horsepower ratio) and the best performance luxury large car is the Jaguar XJ (8.8 weight-to-horsepower ratio). Topping the list for the best performance luxury hybrid cars is the BMW i8 (coupe) (9.5 weight-to-horsepower ratio), which is also the best performance luxury plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV).

The best performance electric car is the Tesla Model 3 (8.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio), which is also the best performance luxury electric car. The Tesla Model 3 ranks #1 for the best performance small and compact electric cars (8.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

The best performance 2-seater car is the Nissan 370Z (coupe) (9.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio), with the Ford GT being the best performance luxury 2-seater car (4.6 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

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How We Rank These Cars

The best performance cars rank vehicles by their weight-to-horsepower ratio.

The weight-to-horsepower ratio is calculated based on a vehicle's curb weight and horsepower at the trim level - the less weight one horsepower has to pull, the better performance a vehicle can provide. For cars with a ratio within 0.1 of each other, lighter vehicles always have the advantage in performance and are ranked to reflect that. For each vehicle, we also show the iSeeCars Score which rates the overall quality of a vehicle.

The iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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