While some sports cars sacrifice longevity and durability to extract maximum performance, others are in it for the long haul. Take an F1 engine for example – it only lasts for about 30 hours. But put it into a car and your bank and you won’t exactly be getting your money’s worth.
On the other hand, the sports cars featured on this list balance incredible performance with a build quality that allows their owners to take them to 200,000 miles and beyond with just basic maintenance.
On average, though, sports cars fall in the middle between ordinary and racing cars when it comes to their reliability. Their main purpose is to be fast and look good, but they still have to be reliable enough, so that you could take it for a spin whenever you want. Not all car manufacturers know how to make good cars. Bentley, for example, has made some of the most unreliable sports cars during recent years, considering their price tags. But here are some great sports cars that are good for at least 200,000 miles.
10 2014 Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 has become an icon among luxury sports cars, partly because of its usability as a daily driver. Other notable reasons include great, long-lasting engines, moderate ground clearance, and surprising comfort for such small cars.
There are many engines to choose from, all of them producing from 345 hp to 552 hp. All engines are flat-six and that explains Porsche’s reliability – not a single 911 was made with anything else than flat-6 since 1963. So, Porsche really knows how to make these kinds of engines.
9 2016 Mazda Mx-5 Miata
Quick, gorgeous, and cheap. Everybody loves Miata. If someone tells you they hate these cars, they probably won’t be able to explain why. And because of their low price, there’s really nothing anyone can hold against a Mazda MX-5 Miata.
The most powerful engine produces only 181 hp, but that’s enough to move the 1-ton roadster from zero to sixty in less than 7 seconds. You sure can’t expect it to make 60 mph in four or five seconds, but knowing that you can get a 2016 roadster for less than $20,000 – that’s a pretty good deal!
8 2017 Ford Mustang
Modern Mustangs can be either very powerful and loud or economic and subtle. As you probably already know, Ford has been making 4-cylinder Mustangs for a few years now and they are surprisingly affordable. Moreover, the 2017 Ford Mustang scores high in various consumer reports. Sure, it isn’t one of the most reliable cars, but when it comes to sports cars – that’s a different deal.
However, why buy a boring Toyota, when you can buy a Mustang, as they go pretty cheap nowadays. Ford keeps doing a great job in design too – the 2020 Mustang is more stylish than ever before.
7 2016 Audi TT
The first Audi TT came out in 1998 and it was horrible. People were given the choice of two engines – 1,8-liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 3,2-liter V6 (VR6). Even though they performed well, both engines were a total mess. The turbocharger in the 1,8-liter kept braking, oil leaks were very common, etc. But third-gen TT isn’t even close to being such a failure.
This model is a real example of how to not waste a chance. Many bad cars were discontinued because nobody bought them and the manufacturers didn’t know how to make these cars interesting again. But even though the first-gen TT was so bad, Audi still managed to keep going and made this awesome sports car.
6 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
While petrolheads around the world have mixed feelings about the latest Chevy Corvette, you can’t go wrong with the C7. That’s a gorgeous car that everybody loves. And now it is even more charming because that’s the last model featuring the classic front-engine layout.
There were many trims to choose from, but the only engine you could choose was a 6,2-liter V8. It is known for its ridiculously high performance and, most importantly, great reliability. You can be sure that you won’t be left stranded after a nice burnout at the red light.
5 2016 Mini Cooper S
Yes, the Mini Cooper is a sports car. It handles like a sports car, it looks stylish and unique and, on top of that, it stands out of the crowd. The “S” in the Mini Cooper S stands for “Sport,” so it’s mainly focused on quick handling and power.
Many reports say that Mini Cooper S scores 5 out of 5 in terms of reliability. So, what else do you need? The Mini Cooper is pretty cheap, different, quick, interesting, and will keep going for many years without any major problems.
4 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
If you’re not after coupes with aggressive designs but still need a sturdy, powerful, and very fun sports car, the Subaru Impreza WRX might be what you’re looking for. It comes with a 2,0-liter turbocharged engine, which produces 268 horsepower.
But, most importantly, it is very reliable. Subaru cars tend to have thicker axles and very strong gearboxes. These cars may not be very comfortable or refined, but they are strong enough to take you out into the wilderness without any effort.
3 2018 Toyota GT86
Let’s start with the fact that the Toyota GT86 is cheap for a reason – this is a poorly built car. For example, there are a few common, and also silly, problems with it – water sometimes finds a way into the taillights, side windows tend so scratch while opening them, etc.
But this Toyota is also cheap because it has a very simple 2,0 liter inline-4 engine in it. That engine is naturally aspirated and, actually, anyone who knows how engines work can fix it. But as there’s no turbocharger, not much can go wrong. If it does, it shares parts with the cheapest and most reliable Toyota models.
2 2008 Honda S2000
Everybody knows the Miata, but the Honda S2000 is often forgotten. And it’s hard to explain why, because the S2000 was its main rival. Moreover, it is faster and even nicer to look at. The S2000 always was a driver’s car, because Honda mentioned that the purpose of this model is to feel the “joy of driving.”
it featured a 2,2-liter Inline-4 engine producing 237 horsepower, which was plenty for having fun in a 1,3-ton car. Sadly, the S2000 was discontinued in 2009, because at that time people wanted more practical and economical cars.
1 2015 Lexus RC
There’s probably no other manufacturer in the world that combines luxury and reliability as well as Lexus does at its price point. Moreover, the Lexus RC packs sportiness too. It features a few awesome engines, one of them being a 5,0-liter V8!
The Lexus RC has very solid reliability scores for every year since the beginning of its sales. It is also very safe. And, of course, you can expect the highest quality materials in the interior, along with a very pleasant ride and handling.
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