5 of the worst sports cars you can take on a trip
Are you planning to embark on a fun road trip this summer? If so, one way to make it even more fun is to watch the miles slip by in a sleek, low-slung sports car. Be careful, however. While some sports cars on the market are actually quite comfortable and get decent fuel economy, others are a pain to drive. As such, here are five of the worst sports cars you can take on a long road trip.
1.Toyota MR2 Spyder
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A good travel car will have plenty of cargo space for your stuff, decent soundproofing for a quiet ride, and comfortable seats. The third generation Toyota MR2 Spider has none of these attributes. Its mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout makes for go-kart-like fun around the corners.
However, its noisy ride, tin hull and lack of trunk make it one of the worst sports cars you can take on a road trip. There’s a little storage behind the seats, but it’s barely enough to hold important luggage. According to Hot Cars, “for drivers who also bought it as a daily commuter, the order of the day was a lack of space and a painful driving experience.”
2. Lotus Elise
Sure, the Lotus Elise looks really cool and it’s a blast to drive on canyon roads and race tracks. But it’s a pain to get in and out of – thanks to a high door sill – and it’s super noisy at highway speeds. The Elise also rides very low, so it can be difficult for large trucks and other cars to see you on the highway. In that case, keep that car on the race track for occasional weekend trips, not road trips.
3. Pontiac Solstice
The Pontiac Solstice was built from 2005 to 2009 on GM’s Kappa platform, which is the same one used for the Saturn Sky. The Solstice had a rear-drive, top-down layout that made it fun to drive. And if you opted for the GXP version, then you were entitled to a 260 horsepower turbocharged engine. But that’s where the fun stopped.
When it comes to long road trips, the Solstice isn’t exactly the best car to take due to its plastic interior and rough ride. It’s also quite noisy at highway speeds, so it can be quite difficult to hold a conversation or listen to your favorite travel music.
Although the Mazda RX-8 had a usable trunk and rear seats, its reliability and poor fuel economy were its biggest drawbacks. If you don’t mind having gas mileage within 20 seconds and possible overheating issues, then the RX-8 might be for you. But if you don’t want a high-maintenance sports car, then skip this one.
Yes, the Honda S2000 is an amazing car, even if you have to drive one on a daily basis. However, its stiff ride, noisy cabin and relatively weak seats make it difficult to drive on long trips. If you take an S2000 on a trip, be prepared to stop every two hours to stretch and regain your sanity and hearing.
The worst sports cars for road trips
While you’ll definitely take one of these cars on a long road trip, we don’t recommend it. If you do, chances are that halfway through the trip, you’ll want to be sitting in a nice Honda Accord instead. However, if you are bold enough to do so, each of these five cars will provide you with a fun experience. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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