There is still something about the 2-seater car that just screams driving enthusiast. Though the number of 2-seat models has declined over the years, there are still several sports models available to tear through the twists and turns of the winding road. These are the cars which appeal only to true driving enthusiasts. They exhibit very little cargo space, even less versatility, and are often hard on fuel. However, they provide a one-in-a-lifetime driving thrill that is very hard to pass up. For those searching for that lifelong thrill, here are the best 2-seater cars for 2012 (researched at Consumer Reports, Edmunds, Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and J.D. Power & Associates).
Thanks to an extended wheelbase, the new Porsche 911 Carrera offers more legroom than any of its predecessors. To anyone who has previously owned a 911, the five-circle dash design with the rev counter in the middle will be a thing of familiarity, as will the elegant, plush interior. The audio and navigation system are both well-placed and fairly user-friendly. As usual, expect Porsche’s extravagant and thrilling driving experience. With the hefty MSRP increase, however, expect to put a nice dent in the bank account with this one.
Okay, so very few drivers are going to get the pleasure of enjoying the curves and plunders of the road in the R8, thanks to its price tag being in the same neighborhood as a house, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t earned a spot here. For anyone who can afford to splurge, the R8 will provide an unforgettable driving experience that is likely to last for several years. Think of Porsche 911 Turbo power with Corvette handling. A shorter nose does provide for a bit more exhilaration from the R8 though.
The epitome of the classic 2-seat roadster, the MX-5 Miata doesn’t seem to be losing any of its flare in either performance or style. A soft top convertible comes standard, but the hardtop is still available as an option. No matter which style you choose, the driving experience is the same. The feel between driver and road is one of the best you’ll find anywhere. “There are few cars today – and virtually none in the U.S. market – that better combine fun, efficiency and affordability.”
“Maybe 26 mpg isn’t fuel efficient to Vespa jockeys, but for a car with the Vette’s speed and fun potential, it’s untouchable.” The price tag is high, and the styling hasn’t changed drastically in quite a few years, but it is the exterior and the rocket performance that land the Corvette on this list. The usual flaws still mar the Vette, the most obvious being the dull, bland interior. Material quality is poor, and the design remains unremarkable. Thanks to the fact of it being a true 2-seater, however, leg room is ample.
“Draw up the criteria for an ideal sports car and you’ll find that the … Nissan 370Z covers nearly all the bases: two seats, lightweight coupe body, more than 300 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, big wheels and tires, and curves for days.” It is not performance that brings the Nissan to the bottom of the list, like the Corvette it is the absence of any high quality in the interior. Cabin noise can be an issue, especially at highway speeds, and the presence of only one cup holder suggests the passenger hold his/her drink in the lap.