Planning a fun road trip this summer? If so, then it’s even more fun watching the kilometers tick by in a sleek, low-slung sports car. However, be careful. While some sports cars on the market are actually quite comfortable and have decent fuel economy, others are troublesome to drive. So here are five of the worst sports cars to take on a long road trip.
1. Toyota MR2 Spyder
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A good touring car will have plenty of cargo space for your belongings, decent soundproofing for a quiet ride, and comfortable seats. The third generation Toyota MR2 Spider has none of these characteristics. Its mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout made for go-kart-like fun in the corners.
However, its noisy ride, tin can shell and lack of a trunk make it one of the worst sports cars you can take for a road trip vacation. There’s some storage space behind the seats, but it’s barely enough for larger luggage. According to Hot Cars, “For drivers who also bought it as a daily commuter, lack of space and a painful driving experience was commonplace.”
2. Lotus Elise
Sure, the Lotus Elise looks really cool and it’s fun to drive on canyon roads and racetracks. But getting in and out is a pain – thanks to a high door sill – and it’s super loud at motorway speeds. The Elise also drives very low so it can be difficult for larger trucks and other cars to see you on the Autobahn. In that case, keep this car for the occasional weekend track ride, not street use.
3rd Pontiac Solstice
The Pontiac Solstice was built from 2005 to 2009 on GM’s Kappa platform, which is also used for the Saturn Sky. The Solstice had a top-down, rear-wheel drive configuration that made it a pleasure to drive. And if you’ve opted for the GXP trim, you’ve been treated to a 260hp turbocharged engine. But that’s where the fun stopped.
When it comes to long road trips, the Solstice isn’t exactly the best car due to its plastic interior and rough ride. It’s also fairly loud at highway speeds, so it can be quite difficult to hold a conversation or listen to your favorite road trip music.
4. Mazda RX-8
Although the Mazda RX-8 had a trunk and usable rear seats, its main drawbacks were its reliability and low fuel consumption. If you don’t mind gas mileage in the low 20’s and possible overheating issues, then the RX-8 could be for you. But if you don’t want a high-maintenance sports car, then skip this one altogether.
Yes, the Honda S2000 is a great car, even if you have to drive it every day. However, its stiff ride, noisy cabin and relatively unsupportive seats make it difficult to ride on longer trips. If you take an S2000 on a road 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 trip, we don’t recommend it. If you do, there’s a good chance that halfway through the journey you’ll be wishing you were in a nice Honda Accord instead. However, if you dare, each of these five cars will offer a fun experience. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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