There once was a time when small sports cars were the only sports cars, as larger models simply didn’t have the suspensions or balance required to overcome their hefty mass and perform on a race track like a compact, nimble model.
Technology has largely erased the performance penalties associated with a hefty curb weight, but small sports cars still hold a place near and dear to the hearts of driving enthusiasts. After all, “adding lightness” has always been a tried, tested, and true way to develop a sensational automobile. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best small sports cars available for 2016:
10. Mazda MX-5 Miata:
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost never left off of any list of the best small sports cars, as this compact roadster has enjoyed a staying power in the segment that few other vehicles can match. For this model year, the Miata enjoys a total redesign, but its top-down driving experience is still amongst the most pure one can sample on the modern landscape.
The Miata’s only available engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, which is a slight drop in ponies from the previous year, but an increase in twist helps make up the shortfall. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
9. Subaru WRX:
The 2016 Subaru WRX is still riding high from a recent redesign, and this compact sedan is far more refined than ever before, especially when it comes to daily driving. Of course, performance fans won’t be disappointed with how the 2016 Subaru WRX drives under more track-oriented conditions, either, thanks to its 2.0-liter turbocharged mill, standard all-wheel drive, and choice between six-speed manual and continuously variable automatic transmissions. Power checks in at 268 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque, but those who are hungry for more power can check out the WRX STI, which has 305 ponies on offer.