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Practical Sports Cars

Not all sports cars are stripped-down two-seaters that can only hold minimal cargo. Some of the best-performing cars also have roomy and comfortable interiors, plenty of high-tech gadgets and useable cargo space.

Good Sports Cars for Families

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t drive a sports car. However, you will have to make some compromises. Obviously, two-seat sports cars are unrealistic for most families. And in cases where a sports car has seating for four, getting a kid in and out of a car seat in the rear can be challenging, since most sports cars only have two doors. 

The best sports cars for families, from a practicality standpoint, are muscle cars. Unlike tiny traditional sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, muscle cars have large interiors that can seat four or five. The Dodge Challenger even has a large trunk for bringing along kid-friendly gear you might need.

While a sports car like the Ford Mustang can handle kids in the back just fine, cars like the Porsche 911 and Audi TT will probably be a tight squeeze. In both the 911 and TT, the back seats are very small, and in the TT, the steep roofline means the window openings are small and the headliner is low, even for kids.

If you have older kids who need legroom or toddlers in car seats, your best bet is to skip a typical sports car and go for a performance car. Performance cars are versions of regular cars and SUVs (and even some station wagons) that use high-performance parts and engineering to give them sports car-like performance, but maintain the usability of the regular model.

By going for a performance car like the Cadillac CTS-V sedan or wagon, you get a 556-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, nimble handling and enough passenger and cargo space to take the whole family to grandma’s house in record time. Another option is the performance-oriented Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, which combines all of the utility of an SUV with a 470-horsepower V8 engine and high-performance Brembo brakes. The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is another example of a family-friendly sports car. It has features like all-wheel drive and an available hatchback body style, and it’s also one of the most fun-to-drive and affordably priced sports cars on the market.

Sports Cars with Good Cargo Space

Sometimes you don’t need a lot of passenger space, but you do want enough cargo room to hold your golf clubs and luggage for a weekend getaway. While most sports cars have tiny trunks, there are a few that can handle carrying more stuff. The Chevrolet Corvette coupe has one of the roomiest cargo holds available in a sports car.

Both the Porsche Cayman and Boxster have two trunks, thanks to their mid-mounted engines. Both cargo holds are deep enough for a couple carry-on suitcases, and while it can be a challenge to fit the golf clubs, it’s possible. The more affordable Hyundai Genesis Coupe has 10 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk, which is more than almost any other affordable sports car. If you’re looking for an affordable sports car with seating for five plus a roomy trunk, check out the Dodge Charger SRT8. Its 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space is larger than most other sports cars.

Sports Cars with Great Features

Many sports car purists will tell you that you don’t need a lot of high-tech interior features in a sports car because the drive should be entertaining enough. But many sports car shoppers want a few bells and whistles. Most sports cars offer the same entertainment features as other cars do. The downside is that while other cars may offer those features as standard equipment, sports cars are more likely to charge extra for them.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has standard Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, and the Chevrolet Corvette has standard satellite radio. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has standard features like HD radio, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Bluetooth and an auxiliary audio input. The Nissan GT-R has lots of great features, including standard push-button start, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, USB port and navigation with voice recognition.

It’s true that some sports cars are not the most ideal option for the practical needs of family duty, daily commuting or hauling lots of cargo, but it’s not hard to find a sports car that can do all of these jobs fairly well without sacrificing performance.

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