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9 Family Sedans With Sports Car Performance in 2019

Unfortunately for car enthusiasts, we all need to grow up sometime. For many of us, that means family life. And while having a family is better than having a cool car, it doesn’t mean you can’t have both. There are some family-friendly sedans out there that deliver performance that’s just as good or better when compared to many 2-door performance cars while adding the real-world practicality you need.

There are a lot of compact sedans out there that are a blast to drive, but since we’re talking specifically about family sedans, every car on this list is midsize or larger so that the kids (even older ones) actually have some decent legroom in the back. Here are nine family sedans with sports car performance in 2019.

Buick Regal GS

Buick Regal GS

High performance sport sedans from luxury brands can get awfully expensive. An often-overlooked budget alternative in sport sedans is the Buick Regal GS. Starting at $39,070, this is the most affordable car on this list. This midsize sportback is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque and it comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). Those might not be mind-blowing specs, but it’s more than enough punch combined with three drive modes (Touring, Sport and GS) and Brembo brakes plus GS-exclusive performance front seats (which are heated, ventilated and massaging) and a flat-bottom steering wheel on the inside adding to the sporty vibe. Find a Buick Regal for sale

Audi S5 Sportback

Audi S5 Sportback

Splitting the difference between the A5 and the RS5 is the sporty and luxurious Audi S5 Sportback. Yes, the RS5 offers better performance, but it’s also more than $20k more than the S5, which arguably makes the S5 Sportback the better performance value starting at $52,400. Power in the S5 comes from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 sending 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via the Quattro AWD system. You also get 6-piston front brakes, generous standard safety tech and a gorgeous interior with leather/Alcantara seating with diamond stitching that the whole family will love. Find a Audi S5 Sportback for sale

Jaguar XF S

Jaguar XF S

One car that is sometimes forgotten in the discussion of European sport sedans is the midsize Jaguar XF S which starts at $67,625. It has nice exterior and interior touches that add to its sporty, yet classy demeanor and the star of the show is the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 under the hood making 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque which is enough to get the car from 0-to-60 mph in five seconds flat. AWD is standard, as is an adaptive dynamics suspension system, 20-in wheels, driver assistance tech and more. Find a Jaguar XF for sale

Mercedes-AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG E 53

Like the Audi S5, this Mercedes-Benz is another German sport sedan that splits the difference between its tamer base version and a crazier, more expensive performance model. Yes, you could spring for the fire-breathing AMG E 63 S, but if you don’t have a 6-figure car budget, the AMG E 53 is still more than enough performance in a midsize sedan for most drivers and it starts at $72,550. Powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine mated to 4MATIC+ AWD, this Benz puts down 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque plus a predictably luxurious interior with a gorgeous 12.3-in infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster the same size. Find a Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG for sale

Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac CTS-V

2019 is most likely the final model year for the Cadillac CTS-V since the CTS is being discontinued and replaced by the CT5. We know a little bit about the upcoming CT5-V, and while it looks like it will be a promising sport sedan in its own right, it doesn’t have the performance to match the CTS-V we’ve come to love. It’s not cheap, starting at $86,995, but it’s an outstanding bargain when you consider what you’re getting. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine shared with the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. In the CTS-V, it makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque and rushes from 0-to-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. This Caddy is also well-mannered in everyday driving, partially thanks to General Motors’ excellent Magnetic Ride Control. Find a Cadillac CTS-V for sale

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

With this one, we don’t have to specify a certain submodel or trim level because any Porsche Panamera you climb into will be a pleasure to drive. Even if you just go with the base model, which starts at $86,300, you’re getting a well-appointed sportback with a turbocharged V6 that makes 330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque plus exceptional agility for a car this size, a roomy cargo area and comfortable appointments for the passengers. Keep in mind, however, that there are only two seats in the back (unless you upgrade to the Sport Turismo wagon) which means the car can’t fit five people, but it also means the two passengers in the back are more comfortable than they would be with a bench seat. From there, you can move up to the most luxurious, highest-performance Panamera that your budget allows. Find a Porsche Panamera for sale

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

If raw horsepower is what you’re after, then you’re going to find a lot to love in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Its supercharged HEMI V8 makes an incredible 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque and a Hellcat can be yours for $65,795. That’s a bargain for that kind of performance, but if you think it’s still a lot to pay for a Dodge sedan, then consider the R/T Scat Pack which starts at $40,245 and packs the 392 HEMI V8 making 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for a refined luxury sport sedan, look elsewhere. But if you want good old fashion American muscle with four doors, then look no further than a V8-powered Dodge Charger. Find a Dodge Charger for sale

Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Any Lexus GS model you drive will be enjoyable from behind the wheel, but if you’re really looking for sports car-like performance in a practical sedan without spending a fortune, we recommend the GS 350 F Sport. Part of what we love about the GS 350 F Sport is that it isn’t that much more expensive than the regular GS 350, with a starting MSRP of $52,610 and AWD available as a $1,745 upgrade. You get the delightful 3.5-liter V6 making 311 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque plus an F Sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and a sporty appearance package to match its performance. Find a Lexus GS for sale

BMW M5

BMW M5

The BMW M5 is a legend for a reason. It’s one of the original practical sedans with sports car performance in the modern era, and it’s still one of the best. Starting at $102,700, it certainly isn’t cheap, but this super sedan and its even hotter Competition variant are simply some of the finest sport sedans available. The M5 has a twin-turbo V8 that makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and a clever M xDrive AWD system that lets you choose between 4-wheel drive (4WD), 4WD Sport or 2-wheel drive (2WD) modes. If you like the idea of the M5 but don’t have the budget for it, consider the BMW M550i xDrive which also gets a twin-turbo V8, but "only" makes 456 hp and starts at $74,450. Find a BMW M5 for sale

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