In the realm of Best Sports Cars to Lease, there are affordable, luxury and super luxury (also exotics, but those are out of reach for most consumers). Choices include sports cars that are thrilling and incomparable with blistering speed, performance and handling, but are difficult as daily drivers, to smoother, more refined versions that blend form with function, and those that combine the best of all these traits. These three picks for Best Sports Cars to Lease offer consumers the chance to experience what exhilarating driving is all about – without breaking the bank.

  • 2010 Chevrolet CorvetteConsumer Guide gives Corvette a Best Buy accolade, saying, “These are reasonably practical sports cars that cost thousands less than rivals with similar performance…That also goes for the Z06 and ZR1 versions, which are among the fastest cars in the world.” U.S. News and World Report lists Corvette as #1 in Luxury Sports Cars, generally priced $35,000 and above. Corvette is available as coupe and convertible in base, Z06 and ZR1 models, with base prices ranging from $48,930 to $106,880. Edmunds calls the base Corvette “one of the world’s best performance bargains,” while “Z06 has one of the world’s best motors,” and “ZR1 is one of the world’s best, period.” Plusses include performance, sporty handling, styling and large-capacity cargo hold. Negatives include difficult entry/exit, competitors offering more interior refinement.
  • 2010 Porsche 911With 2010 Porsche base prices ranging from $77,800 (911 Carrera Coupe) to $143,800 (911 Turbo Convertible), this luxury sports car is a good candidate for lease. Motor Trend calls the 5-star rated Porsche 911 line “the antidote of dull drives,” and says of GT3 coupe, “Updated model is fastest, most powerful GT3 to date.”  Various sites show lease rates of 7.4 percent per month for 24-, 36-, and 48-month terms. Edmunds comments, “although other sports cars have been able to outperform the 911…nothing has yet to match Porsche’s overall blend of performance, practicality and that endearing connection between car and driver.”
  • 2010 Nissan GT-REdmunds says Nissan GT-R, now in its second year of production is “still the baddest supercar bargain on the block.” Plusses include “heart-stopping acceleration, immensely capable handling,” high-quality interior, bargain price,” while negatives include no manual transmission, big and bulky, and “back-breaking ride.” U.S. News and World Report hails GT-R as “fast, powerful and agile…at this price point, [it’s] a no-brainer.” Car and Driver says “GT-R is a successful attempt to create a Ferrari rival with a Porsche price tag.” Base prices range from $80,790 to $83,040, and, per Motor Trend, “godzilla rules.”

Other Best Sports Cars to Lease: Audi R8 and TT, BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Porsche Boxster and Cayman.

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