We expect our performance vehicles to hug corners and rocket down straightaways. Reliability doesn’t always factor into the equation, but it should. It’s hard for a car to deliver visceral excitement if it’s sitting in the shop awaiting repair.
The six performance vehicle listed below team exemplary driving dynamics with class-leading reliability. To make our selections, we took a look at dependability and initial quality studies conducted by J.D. Power. We also analyzed reliability data compiled by Consumer Reports.
Prices can vary quite significantly within this segment, so we’ve included each model’s base price. Prices shown include delivery charges.
Our picks are listed in alphabetical order.
The Ford Mustang is a bona fide American classic. But this time-honored pony is also a thoroughly modern beast, offering the feature content you need to travel in comfort when you’re not setting records at the track. The Mustang is built to endure, and J.D Power gives it high marks for quality and dependability. Pricing starts at $26,085.
With flared headlights, pronounced wheel wells, and sculpted lines, the Honda Civic Si and Type R look ready to burn some serious rubber, and they have the performance chops to make good on this threat. They also come with a Honda pedigree that infuses the cars with dependability you can count on; Consumer Reports and J.D. Power give both models strong scores for reliability. The Si starts at $24,775, and the Type R kicks off at $34,775.
Lexus has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to performance, and the GS F reveals the brand’s knack for crafting a thoroughly satisfying sport sedan. A potent V8 lives under the hood, and the deluxe cabin and generous array of standard equipment ensure high levels of luxury. The GS F earns perfect scores for quality and dependability from J.D. Power, and Consumer Reports hails the car as a reliable pick. Pricing starts at $84,935.
Whether you choose the coupe of convertible, you’re in for a memorable experience if you get behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG C43. A 362-horsepower V6 provides robust motivation, and the car’s sheet metal and cabin represent pinnacles in design. Both Consumer Reports and J.D. Power give the C43 accolades for reliability. Coupes start at $56,425, and convertibles start at $61,325.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sets the standard among luxury sedans, and the E43 and E63 give this formula a high-performance twist. Both models benefit from AMG’s skill at producing breathlessly fast machines, and they also come with ample amounts of Mercedes-Benz opulence. Reliability is solid, and the E43 and E63 earn high marks in this area from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power. The E43 starts at $73,325, and the E63 will set you back roughly $104,400.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 represents an ideal intersection of luxury and performance. This small crossover charms with its sumptuous cabin and broad array of feature content. Under the hood is a turbocharged V6 that supplies 362 hp. The GLC 43 wins high praise for reliability from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power. Pricing starts at $55,825.