15 Sports Cars That Are Great Daily Drivers

Want to spice up your commute? Consider these cars.


Most people think sports cars don't make great commuter cars. Here are some that break the mold, according to you.

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Lotus Evora 400

If our torture test of the new Evora 400 taught us anything, it's that Lotus sure knows how to build a versatile car. The car took on two track days, hundreds of highway miles, and tons of abuse without issue, all within a 30-hour window. If that doesn't convince you, we're not sure what will.

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The BMW M2 is arguably the best M car BMW currently makes. It's the smallest, which means it's also the lightest. Also, it can be had with a manual transmission. The new M2 Competition, shown above, is just as luxurious as the normal M2, but it's powered by the engine from the M3 and M4. Seems like a win-win to us.

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Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type's crackle-filled soundtrack and drop-dead gorgeous looks aren't the only things it's known for. It's also supremely luxurious inside, and plenty fast.

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Porsche Cayman

Can't afford a 911? Looking for a properly tuned mid-engine experience? The Porsche Cayman is the car for you. It's just as nice as the 911 inside, and whether you get a turbocharged 718 model or an older flat-six powered car, you'll be having the time of your life behind the wheel.

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Ford Mustang GT

The new Mustang makes a great all-rounder, with plenty of modern tech and comfort-minded features. We'd recommend going for the Performance Pack 1—it has enough capability for track use, and isn't as hardcore as the more expensive Performance Pack 2.

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Brian Silvestro
Acura NSX

The entire R&T staff can attest to the NSX's ability as a great daily driver. We had a long-term tester for more than 20,000 miles in 2017, and can confidently say you'll have no issue commuting to work everyday in one.

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Chris Cantle
Nissan GT-R

The R35-generation GT-R was one of the first totally digital sports car experiences you could buy, and includes a bunch of different features to make sure you're comfortable behind the wheel. It even has four seats, so you can take the whole family along, if you desire.

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Max Earey
Aston Martin Vantage

The newest entry-level Aston Vantage is a wonderful 500-horsepower sports car with a twin-turbo V8 heart from AMG. It's as capable at commuting as it is on the track.

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Mercedes-AMG GT

AMG's newest flagship is a hit among enthusiasts everywhere, and it's easy to see why. The comfort and poise of a Mercedes combined with that fantastic 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and stunning looks make for one hell of a car—one you can start up a drive to work in without any sort of fuss.

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Honda S2000

While the S2000 is known mainly as a great sports car, it makes for a great daily too. That Honda reliability and great visibility mean an easy care-free drive to work, the fun of driving one of Honda's greatest cars.

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Reasonably priced sports cars are rare these days. The Subaru BRZ and its twin, the Scion FR-S, both start at just over $25,000 and offer an engaging drive. Like the Miata, they are lightweight (around 2800 pounds) and rear-wheel drive. These twins pack 200-hp four-cylinder engines and come standard with a six-speed manual (automatic is optional).

 Of course, the engineers were tempted to design a heavier and more expensive twin-clutch, paddle-shift transmission instead of a manual. But we're sure glad they didn't. Subaru wanted to provide the same level of driving involvement as a Porsche Cayman, and after logging hours on canyon roads in a BRZ, we can confidently say this is one enjoyable ride.

 Base Price: $25,395
Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S / Toyota 86

The Subaru-Toyota sports car trio is a popular choice among enthusiasts looking for a fun ride they can also use everyday. With four seats, a sizable trunk, and a gas-sipping boxer-four, the BRZ, FR-S, and Toyota 86 check all the boxes necessary for a fun daily.

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Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevy Corvette is a beast of a car no matter what trim you get, but thanks to a big trunk, tons of convenience features, and solid GM reliability, it makes for a solid daily as well.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

There's no arguing the versatility of the Mazda Miata. It's one of the greatest sports cars on the planet, but also does well as a daily driver. The simplicity, good gas mileage, and small costs the Miata has to offer mean people will be commuting in them for years to come.

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Porsche 911

There isn't much the Porsche 911 can't do. Any trim in the 911 range can be abused on the track, then turn around and bring you to work with no issue whatsoever. Visibility is great, as is interior comfort. If you need a fun daily, the 911 is the way to go.

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Audi R8

The R8 is for those looking for the daily-driving capabilities of a 911, but want something more outrageous. The car's Audi roots mean it's a great place to spend time in, that that Lamborghini V10 makes for a great substitute for your morning coffee.

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