Everyone loves driving a sports car, the handling, the speed, and not to mention how good the vehicle makes you look as you’re driving down the road.
However, when you own a sports car, you also have to give up certain creature comforts such as cargo space or a backseat.
Sports cars also tend to attract a lot of attention, some of this attention may not be wanted, especially if it is from local law enforcement.
To avoid some of the common pitfalls of owning a sports car, there’s plenty of vehicles available to new car shoppers that look like your every-day-driver that perform and handle like a sports car. Several of the vehicles listed below offer more cabin and cargo room than the standard sports car. But, offer a more powerful engine and precision handling than the standard family vehicle.
The vehicle with the most giddy-up on the list is the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The SRT is the top-end model Cherokee equipped with a 6.4-liter V-8 engine producing 470 Horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Matched up with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has incredible power for being only a mid-sized SUV. Needless to say, the SRT comes loaded with many standard features and a high-end one-of-a-kind upholstery package.
If you’d rather drive a sedan, one of the most underestimated and overlooked sleeper vehicles is the 2015 Ford Focus ST. The ST is only available in hatchback form, it’s equipped with a powerful turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder producing 252 HP and 270 pounds of torque. Mated up with a six-speed manual transmission makes the Focus ST a great zip around sporty car.
Luxury more your style? The 2016 Volvo S60 looks like a great vehicle but doesn’t look anything like a sports car. Entry level trim lines of the S60 come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), but the Polestar and R-Design models are equipped with all-wheel-drive (AWD). The Volvo S60 has many engines available, the most powerful model is the limited edition S60 Polestar. This power plant is tuned to put out 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque making it a very quick little upper scale sedan.
Competition Always Gets You the Best Price
When negotiating a new car lease, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what’s a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Ryde Shopper or Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.
In addition, the above sites will tell you which dealerships in your local area are currently the most flexible with their new car pricing. These sites provide valuable information for anyone thinking about buying or leasing a new car or truck.
7 New Cars You Will Think Are Sports Cars
|1||2016 Mazda Mazda3||184 HP|
|2||2015 Nissan Juke||215 HP|
|3||2015 Ford Focus ST||252 HP|
|4||2016 Kia Sportage||260 HP|
|5||2016 Volvo S60||345 HP|
|6||2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT||470 HP|
|7||2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata||155 HP|
Source: U.S. News