small sports cars

small sports cars

Small Sports Cars

There once was a time when small sports cars were the only sports cars, as larger models simply didn’t have the suspensions or balance required to overcome their hefty mass and perform on a race track like a compact, nimble model. Technology has largely erased the performance penalties associated with a hefty curb weight, but small sports cars still hold a place near and dear to the hearts of driving enthusiasts. After all, “adding lightness” has always been a tried, tested, and true way to develop a sensational automobile. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best small sports cars available for 2016.
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Small Sports Cars

Photo Credit: Benjamin Hunting Page 1 of 12 There once was a time when small sports cars were the only sports cars, as larger models simply didn’t have the suspensions or balance required to overcome their hefty mass and perform on a race track like a compact, nimble model. Technology has largely erased the performance penalties associated with a hefty curb weight, but small sports cars still hold a place near and dear to the hearts of driving enthusiasts. After all, “adding lightness” has always been a tried, tested, and true way to develop a sensational automobile. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best small sports cars available for 2016.
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Small Sports Cars

More on Sports Cars Sports cars that don’t cost as much as a house tend to come in two primary categories. Small, lightweight sports cars with four-cylinder engines are designed to deliver excellent handling and agility rather than outright speed and power. Muscle cars, on the other hand, are heavier and have more powerful engines. No matter which type of sports car you’re shopping for, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that delivers thrills without breaking the bank. Back to top
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Exotics might get all the attention, but affordable sports cars typically triumph when it comes to sales. The availability of inexpensive performance cars that deliver thrills and fun, at a price that won’t require a second mortgage on your house, has only increased in recent years, with a host of automakers getting in on the action. It used to be that you had to turn to the used market for your affordable sports car fix, but nowadays it’s as easy as walking down to your local new car dealership and taking a test drive. Let’s take a look at 10 affordable sports cars currently in showrooms.
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Photo Credit: Scion Page 1 of 12 Exotics might get all the attention, but affordable sports cars typically triumph when it comes to sales. The availability of inexpensive performance cars that deliver thrills and fun, at a price that won’t require a second mortgage on your house, has only increased in recent years, with a host of automakers getting in on the action. It used to be that you had to turn to the used market for your affordable sports car fix, but nowadays it’s as easy as walking down to your local new car dealership and taking a test drive. Let’s take a look at 10 affordable sports cars currently in showrooms.
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Small Cars 2017-2018: The Best and the Rest Here are our selections for the best small cars of 2017 and 2018. If it’s got an Editors’ Choice badge, that means we consider it to be one of the best small cars, best compact cars, or best sport compacts available today.
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This page is a compilation of sports cars, roadsters, supercars, race cars, and coupés, both discontinued and still in production. Cars that have sport trims (such as the Honda Civic SI) will be listed under the sport trims section. Production tunes will include cars modified by outside brands and then sold. This does not include in-house brands such as Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, which will be included in the main list. Some vehicles are sold under different brands, therefore some vehicles may be listed more than once but usually link to the same page. Different countries/continents may also classify vehicles differently, example; the Toyota 86 name is known throughout most of the world, but in Europe, its sold as the Toyota GT86, and in the United States and Canada it’s sold under the Scion marque name as the Scion FR-S and the Subaru marque name as the Subaru BRZ.
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This is one of the finest sports cars to ever come out of Japan, and one of the greatest Z car ever made. It packed a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with a pair of blowers that pumped out 300 ponies and hit 60 mph in the mid-5-second range. And it handled like a dream, despite a relatively heavy weight, thanks to its innovative high-capacity active-suspension system. Like most Japanese sports cars of this era, it’s hard to find one that’s unmolested by aftermarket modifications. But if you can find a clean one it will offer the same virtues that made these cars popular back in the day: high performance with everyday reliability.
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Here are our selections for the best small cars of 2017 and 2018. If it’s got an Editors’ Choice badge, that means we consider it to be one of the best small cars, best compact cars, or best sport compacts available today.
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10) 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Page 1 of 12 10) 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost never left off of any list of the best small sports cars, as this compact roadster has enjoyed a staying power in the segment that few other vehicles can match. For this model year, the Miata enjoys a total redesign, but its top-down driving experience is still amongst the most pure one can sample on the modern landscape. The Miata’s only available engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, which is a slight drop in ponies from the previous year, but an increase in twist helps make up the shortfall. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
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10) 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost never left off of any list of the best small sports cars, as this compact roadster has enjoyed a staying power in the segment that few other vehicles can match. For this model year, the Miata enjoys a total redesign, but its top-down driving experience is still amongst the most pure one can sample on the modern landscape. The Miata’s only available engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, which is a slight drop in ponies from the previous year, but an increase in twist helps make up the shortfall. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a rear-wheel-drive, 2-seat convertible that boasts one of the most enjoyable driving experiences on the road. That’s all due to the fact that the MX-5 Miata is tuned for optimal handling, giving you the power to go around corners at surprisingly quick speeds. And while the MX-5 Miata only offers 167 hp, it’s important to remember that the small car is very light. The power is more than enough to give drivers an enjoyable experience. The best part: The MX-5 Miata offers one of the best values among modern sports cars, with a starting price of just $24,500 with shipping.
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The 2016 Nissan 370Z is the latest in a line of sports cars from Nissan that dates back to the days when it was known as Datsun and the 240Z ruled the performance coupe roost. If you are looking to head to the track, then you’ll want to go for the Nissan 370Z NISMO, which comes with additional aerodynamic enhancements, automatic rev-matching when downshifting its six-speed manual transmission (also available with the Sport package), a limited-slip differential, better brakes, and more aggressive tuning for its suspension system. You’ll also see a small bump in power over the base 370Z, which makes do with 332 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque from its 3.7-liter V-6 (the NISMO gets 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque). A seven-speed automatic is available with any version of the Nissan except the NISMO trim.
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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost never left off of any list of the best small sports cars, as this compact roadster has enjoyed a staying power in the segment that few other vehicles can match. For this model year, the Miata enjoys a total redesign, but its top-down driving experience is still amongst the most pure one can sample on the modern landscape. The Miata’s only available engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, which is a slight drop in ponies from the previous year, but an increase in twist helps make up the shortfall. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
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7) 2016 Nissan 370Z Photo Credit: Nissan USA Page 1 of 12 7) 2016 Nissan 370Z The 2016 Nissan 370Z is the latest in a line of sports cars from Nissan that dates back to the days when it was known as Datsun and the 240Z ruled the performance coupe roost. If you are looking to head to the track, then you’ll want to go for the Nissan 370Z NISMO, which comes with additional aerodynamic enhancements, automatic rev-matching when downshifting its six-speed manual transmission (also available with the Sport package), a limited-slip differential, better brakes, and more aggressive tuning for its suspension system. You’ll also see a small bump in power over the base 370Z, which makes do with 332 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque from its 3.7-liter V-6 (the NISMO gets 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque). A seven-speed automatic is available with any version of the Nissan except the NISMO trim.

Published on Aug 27, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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