Sports cars are one of those luxury items that take a hit when people decide to tighten up the budget. So far in 2018, most of them have taken a bit of a hit. Their sales numbers are down by as much as 1,000 or more. Sales on a couple of the more popular sports cars are actually up, though, as of the end of the first quarter. One of the sports cars with higher sales numbers is not an inexpensive model, either. Maybe that's a good sign for the economy. Here are the answers to your questions on the seven top-selling 2018 sports cars, so far.
Does Toyota make a good, inexpensive sports car?
The Toyota 86, formerly known as the Scion FR-S, is a good, little, budget-friendly sports car. Toyota sold 6,846 of them in 2017. Their numbers are down a bit, though, after the first quarter of 2018. They only sold 1,169, as opposed to 1,782 during the first quarter of 2017. The 86 has a new GT trim for 2018 and some new optional features. It's an agile little sports car that is really fun to drive, but it's lacking horsepower and some of the panache found in the better-selling models. The Toyota 86 is only available in two trims - the base 86 and the new GT. MSRP for the base 86 is $26,255, and it's $28,235 for the GT. It gets 21 to 24 mpg in the city and 28 to 32 mpg on the highway.
Which of Porsche's sports cars is the best selling?
The 911 is Porsche's best selling sports car and one of the top sellers of 2018. In 2017, they sold a total of 8,970 of them, and the numbers on this sports car are actually up for 2018. During the first quarter of 2018, Porsche sold 2,511. That is up from 2,018 at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Porsche didn't make any changes to the 2018 model. The 911 is a two- or four-passenger car, although the back seats are nearly useless for anything but small children, the family dog or five or six bags of groceries. This is definitely not a budget-friendly sports car, but the ride, handling, and interior are about as good as a sports car can get. The most inexpensive 911, the Carrera, starts out at around $91,000. The 911 Turbo, which is the top of the line, has a starting MSRP of $161,800. It isn't fuel efficient, either, with 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Does Mazda produce a top-selling sports car?
Yes, they do. Mazda sold 11,294 MX-5 Miatas in 2017, but their numbers are way down so far in 2018. Only 1,966 of MX-5 Miata were sold during the first quarter of 2018. That is down from 3,382 for the first quarter of 2017. Those numbers are really surprising, considering the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one U.S. News & World Report's #1 Sports cars and it's on Car and Driver's 10 Best and Editors' Choice lists. It's also one of the most budget-friendly sports cars on the market. MSRP starts at $25,295 for the base Sport trim. The top trim level, the MX-5 RF Grand Touring, starts out at $32,750. This sports car is also fuel efficient. It gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Does Dodge sell very many Challengers?
Yes, they do. The Challenger is the third top-selling sports car as of the end of 2017. Dodge sold 64,537 of them in 2017, and the numbers are up. During the first quarter of 2018, they sold 17,648 Challengers. They sold 15,725 in the first quarter of 2017. Improvements to the Challenger for 2018 include the addition of the SRT Demon trim and SRT Hellcat Widebody. Dodge also made a bigger touch screen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity standard in all Challengers. MSRP for the lowest trim, the Challenger SXT, is $27,000. The price goes up to $84,995 for the SRT Demon.
Is the Corvette one of Chevy's top sellers?
No, the Chevrolet Corvette isn't quite as popular as the Camaro. There were only 25,079 sold in 2017, which lands it firmly in fourth place after the Challenger. For the first quarter of 2018, Corvette sales are down to just 4,457 sold. That's 1,347 fewer than the first quarter of 2017. The Corvette didn't get any big changes for 2018. HD Radio is standard now on all trims, and the base trim has been given bigger tires. Starting MSRP for the 2018 Corvette ranges from $55,495 for the base Stingray to $92,440 for the top-of-the-line Z06.Chevy sold 67,940 Camaros in 2017. That makes it the second top-selling 2018 sports car. Sales are down for the first quarter of 2018. So far, Chevrolet has sold 11,792. They had sold 15,298 during the first quarter of 2017. The 2018 Camaro is a great sports car; it's just not quite as great as the number one. Chevy didn't make any changes to the Camaro for 2018. They did add the new 1LI Performance Package option for the ZL1. Starting MSRP for the 2018 Chevy Camaro ranges from $25,905 for the base 1LS trim to $61,500 for the ZL1. The Track Performance Package will cost another $7,500.
Is the Ford Mustang a top-selling sports car?
Ford sold a total of 81,855 Mustangs in 2017 which makes it the number one top-selling sports car in the United States. 2018 first-quarter sales are down slightly from 22,464 in 2017 to 19,164. The Mustang got a light refresh for 2018 along with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a stronger V8 engine in the Mustang GT. The price tag on this sports car ranges from $25,585 for the base EcoBoost Fastback model to $64,645 for the Shelby GT350R.