This year's hottest sports cars are all new and improved, continuing their long-running reputation of excellence. There are some very affordable, eco-friendly sports cars and some that are not quite as affordable or eco-friendly. Want a good, hard-core muscle car? There are a few excellent ones this year. Here are the answers to your sports car questions, giving you a glimpse of what's out there for you this year.
Have any of this year's sports cars won any awards or good ratings?
Yes, all of the sports cars listed here got very good ratings this year. The Mazda MX-5 Miata made it to the number 1 slot on U.S. News & World Reports list of best sports cars. They gave it an overall score of 8.9 out of 10. Car and Driver put the MX-5 Miata in their top 20 list with 5 out of 5 stars. In their opinion, it is "… pure driving bliss, …". The Mustang and Camaro tied for U.S. News & World Report's 2nd place. Both got a rating of 8.7 out of 10. The 2017 Camaro and Corvette got Car and Driver's Editor's Choice and made it onto their 10 Best list. The Mustang Shelby 350/GT350R also got Car and Driver's Editor's Choice and 10 Best awards. Porsche's 718's also got Car and Driver's Editor's Choice and 10 Best awards.
How does Chevrolet stack up against Ford this year?
Chevrolet Camaro comes with 275 to 455 hp and either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. This year's Corvette comes with a 460 hp engine that gives the Mustang a run for its money, getting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. They also have similar high-tech options that make driving them more fun.
Do any of these sports cars get good gas mileage?
Yes, some of them get very good gas mileage. If you are looking for an extremely eco-friendly sports car, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider are your best options. The MX-5 Miata and 124 Spider get 26-27 mpg in the city and 33-36 mpg on the highway. The Porsche 718's, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are not quite as eco-friendly with 21-22 mpg in the city and 28-29 mpg on the highway. The Nissan 370Z is also not quite as good with 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The Chevy Camaro gets 16-22 mpg in the city and 25-31 mpg on the highway. The Ford Mustang Shelby gets the worst gas mileage at 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
What are some of the best features in this year's hottest sports cars?
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has more safety features than the others, excellent gas mileage, unbelievable agility and a manual transmission that makes it lots of fun to drive. The Porsche 718's come with more powerful 300 to 350 hp engines. Ford's Mustang Shelby will blow your hair back on the road or track with 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. It jumps from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and does better in the corners this year. All of this year's sports cars come with a nice list of bells and whistles, including high-tech infotainment systems and touchscreens that make driving them easier and more fun.
Are all of these sports cars expensive?
No, not all of them. Many are actually quite affordable. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most affordable on the list. Its base price is just over $25,000. The Fiat 124 Spider, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are also quite affordable with base prices between $25,000 and $30,000. As expected, the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, Ford Mustang Shelby and Porsche 718's are a bit more expensive with prices ranging from around $38,000 to $60,000 or more, depending on what add-on goodies you get.
What are the best muscle cars?
Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R are the best muscle cars this year. They both have the beefy, high-performance power it takes to be true modern-day muscle cars. The Dodge Challenger SRT/SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT/SRT Hellcat are both still very good muscle cars. They just aren't quite as good as the Camaro and Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R.
What are the top sports car models this year?
Chevrolet produced two excellent sports cars this year -- the Corvette and the Camaro. Nothing new, I know, but, why mess with perfection? The Corvette and the Camaro continue to lead the way in sports car excellence.
Fiat gave us a very good 124 Spider this year.
Ford is also not messing with their perfection. The Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R definitely does not disappoint this year. It is ready to go, on the open road or the track, if you are so inclined.
Mazda continues to stay in the game with their affordable MX-5 Miata. If you want to get a high-performance sports car with a very reasonable price tag, this one has got to be on your short list.
Nissan produced a nice 370Z this year.
Porsche's 718's are firmly in place on the hottest sports cars list. Both the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman are high-end, high-performance, luxury sports cars worth considering.
Subaru produced a nice BRZ.
Toyota's 86 is also on the hottest sports cars short list.
Which top brands produced the best sports cars?
The hottest sports cars were built by Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, and Toyota. Yes, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota surprised us with some very good, high-performance cars this year.