Sports cars are typically known to prioritize speed, style and performance over comfort.
However, there are a number of models that tick all the above boxes and ensure passengers have plenty of space too.
In this article, we’ll take a look at sports cars with the most rear legroom.
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1. Audi S8 (44.3 inches)
The Audi S8 is the king of the hill when it comes to rear legroom, coming in with an unmatched 44.3 inches.
This model is powerful, intimidating, and built with premium materials, inside and out.
The most recent model year only offers a single trim. It is powered by a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine (563 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque) paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission on an all-wheel-drive.
Other comfort-related features include the following:
- Adaptive air suspension
- Heated seats and armrests
- Massage function
- Four-zone automatic climate control
2. Hyundai Elantra N (38 inches)
Taking second place is the Hyundai Elantra N, with 38 inches of rear legroom.
This model, currently with a base price of $33,245, is an impressive sport sedan that provides the practicality of traditional cars.
Underneath the hood is a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (201 horsepower) mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It is also worth knowing that this model has a cargo capacity of 14.2 cubic feet, a 5.5-inch ground clearance, and 42.3 inches of front legroom.
3. Cadillac CT5-V (37.9 inches)
Not far behind is the Cadillac CT5-V with a 37.9-inch rear legroom measurement.
Compared to German-made vehicles, this American-born sports car is a good value for money pick (for its segment).
There are a total of 2 variants: V and V Blackwing. Base pricing ranges from around $52,000 to $93,000.
Both are fitted with a turbocharged 3-liter V6 (335 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque) mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the rear wheels (or to an optional all-wheel-drive).
Notable comfort features include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seating, a heated steering wheel, and high-quality leather upholstery.
4. Honda Civic Type R (37.4 inches)
The ever-popular and in-demand Honda Civic Type R has a stellar rear legroom measurement of 37.4 inches.
The most recent Type R, considered to be one of the best sports cars in the market, comes in only 1 trim level, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a front-wheel-drive.
Under the hood is a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with an output of 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy is also surprisingly good. According to the EPA, this car can achieve 24 MPG of combined city and highway driving.
5. Subaru WRX (36.5 inches)
The rally racing Subaru WRX has an impressive rear legroom of 36.5 inches.
There are 4 available trims: Base, Premium, Limited, and GT. Base pricing ranges from around $32,000 to $44,000.
The Premium trim level is considered the most popular. It has a starting price of $34,125.
Despite its small stature, the WRX excels in other areas, too, including the following:
- Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
- Front legroom: 43.1 inches
- Rear headroom: 36.7 inches
- Rear shoulder room: 55.6 inches
- Rear hip room: 49.3 inches
6. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (35.1 inches)
A surprising entrant on this list is the unique Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, with 35.1 inches of rear legroom.
Despite its tongue twister name and relatively less popular position in the sports car market, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is a superb vehicle that not only focuses on the performance aspect but also the passenger comfort aspect.
It is rear-wheel-drive only and utilizes a 2.9-liter V6 engine (505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque).
It also features high-quality leather upholstery, driver’s seat memory settings, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
7. Volkswagen Golf GTI (35 inches)
The sporty yet practical Volkswagen Golf GTI has about 35 inches of rear legroom.
The latest model year comes in 4 trim levels: S, 40th Anniversary Edition, SE, and Autobahn.
Base pricing ranges from approximately $32,000 to $40,000.
According to the EPA, models with the manual transmission can manage up to 27 MPG (combined) while those with the automatic transmission can reach up to 28 MPG (combined).
While it excels in performance and comfort, it is also worth noting that safety is of great importance in the construction of this model.
Our favorite safety features include:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Automatic High Beam Toggling
- Lane Keeping Assistance
8. Acura TLX Type S (34.9 inches)
The Acura TLX Type S, largely considered to be a solid alternative to the more popular sports sedans, has a rear legroom measurement of 34.9 inches.
Priced at $63,995 (base pricing), this model is considered to be one of the best in today’s market largely due to its robust all-wheel-drive system, comfortable interior, and numerous standard features.
Not only is this car fantastic in terms of performance, pricing, and comfort but it also holds its own in the fuel efficiency department, with the EPA stating that it can achieve up to 21 MPG for combined city and highway driving.
Comfort-related features include the following:
- GPS-linked climate control
- Heated seating
- Heated steering wheel
- Leather upholstery
- Faux suede seat inserts
9. BMW M4 (34.7 inches)
The prestigious BMW M4 has a commendable rear legroom of 34.7 inches.
Aside from commendable rear legroom, it has great cargo capacity (12 cubic feet), decent ground clearance (4.7 inches), and even better front legroom (41.7 inches).
It also comes in 3 trims: Base, Competition, and Competition xDrive.
The Base trim is fitted with a turbocharged 3-liter 6-cylinder engine (473 horsepower) while the Competition and Competition xDrive has the same engine but with slightly better performance (503 horsepower).
10. Dodge Challenger (33.1 inches)
Proclaimed as the quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car produced by Dodge, the Challenger has a surprising rear legroom measurement of 33.1 inches.
If you value comfort, utility, and practicality, the Challenger is a surprisingly good pick in the sports car segment.
There are 4 main trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, and SRT. Base pricing ranges from around $33,000 to $90,000.
According to reviews, the Challenger is a great performer on both open and curvy roads, thanks to balanced weight distribution and adaptive suspension, upping the comfort factor of the vehicle even further.
11. Lexus LC 500 (32.5 inches)
The Lexus LC 500 has a 32.5-inch rear legroom, which is quite decent for the sports car segment.
This sharply-designed sports car is made of expert-level cabin design and superior interior materials, making it both sporty and comfortable.
The most recent model year comes in 1 trim level and is powered by a massive non-turbocharged 5-liter V8 that puts out 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque that is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission on a rear-wheel-drive.
Thanks to the Bespoke Build option, the model has the added element of customizability. Upgrades (or revisions) include sport package features, all-weather package features, interior badging, and various interior and exterior colors.
12. Toyota GR Corolla (29.9 inches)
With a 29.9-inch rear legroom measurement, the Toyota GR Corolla holds its own as a practical yet performance-oriented sports sedan.
Based on the modest Corolla, the GR Corolla is an all-wheel-drive performance car that gives out 300 horsepower, thanks to its turbocharged 1.6-liter 3-cylinder engine.
There are a total of 2 primary trim levels: Core and Circuit. A third trim is available, but in limited quantities. It is known as the Morizo Edition.
If it were up to us, going for the entry-level Core (priced at $36,995) is more than enough.
Regardless of which trim you go with, the EPA claims that you can get about 24 MPG for combined city and highway driving.
13. Chevrolet Camaro (29.9 inches)
The Chevrolet Camaro has an identical rear legroom measurement to the GR Corolla at 29.9 inches.
For a sports car, this model comes in at an amazing starting price point of $32,495.
Do not let this fool you. It still performs just as good as any of its higher-priced rivals, thanks to its potent acceleration, sharp handling, and relatively smooth ride.
There are a total of 7 trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1.
The most popular trim is the high-end 2SS (with a starting price of $48,895).
Now in its final production year (for now), a special Collector’s Edition appearance package is offered for certain trims.