If you were to go on a long road trip, what kind of car would you take? A minivan? Or perhaps a large sedan? A hybrid car? Any of those choices would be great but, believe it or not, a sports car would do just as well. Sure, a sportscar might not be as practical as a sedan or minivan, but it can be comfortable and fuel-efficient enough for the long haul. Here are five of the best sports cars to take on a road trip, according to Carvana.
The Ford Mustang has power and fuel efficiency
The Ford Mustang might not have the largest trunk or back seat area, but it’s easy to drive and has plenty of power to boot. The base Mustang EcoBoost comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that puts out over 300 hp and is able to achieve up to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg. But if you need even more power for your trip, then the venerable Mustang GT is equipped with a 460-hp, 5.0-liter V8 that should give you the thrust you crave.
The Fiat 124 Spyder adds a little class
If you are a fan of the Mazda MX-5 Miata but want something with a classier look, the Fiat 124 Spyder might work for you. The Fiat 124 is built on the same chassis as the Miata, but it features a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine instead. This engine is good for 160 hp and can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, so it can definitely go the distance and get you there in style.
The Dodge Challenger doubles as a large cruiser
While the Dodge Challenger is a considered a muscle car, it can do double duty as a comfortable cruiser as well. The Challenger is a little larger than its rivals, which means that it has plenty of room for four adults and a large enough trunk for most of their stuff. Practicality aside, the Challenger also comes standard with a 305-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine that can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the freeway and run on 87-octane fuel. Who says that a muscle car can’t be a practical road trip car?
The Porsche Cayman is more practical than you think
If you would rather have a German sports car to command the road with, the Porsche Cayman provides surprising practicality and power. The 718 Cayman comes with a potent turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine that pushes out 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It’s a fuel-sipper, too, as it’s able to achieve up to 27 mpg on the highway according to Fueleconomy.gov.
In addition to its power and efficiency, the 718 Cayman also has two trunks; one in the front and one in the back. Thanks to its mid-engine layout, the Cayman’s rear trunk offers 9.7 cubic feet of space while the front trunk – or “frunk” – has 5.2 cubic feet under the hood.
The Chevrolet Corvette offers a lot of muscle and a large trunk
Lastly, a Chevrolet Corvette can give you what you need if you want power and practicality on your long road trip. The Corvette has a 6.2-liter, V8 engine that produces up to 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. That massive engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and it’s not a gas-guzzler either. The EPA estimates that the Corvette can achieve up to 27 mpg on the highway.
But what’s even more impressive is that the Corvette has ample room for two adults and provides plenty of support with its sport seats. The trunk is large, too, as it provides 15 cubic feet of storage space, which is large enough for a couple of carry-on bags.
Sports cars are road trip cars too
As we can see, there are definitely some fine options to choose from if you want to take a sports car on a long trip. Sure, none of these are as comfortable as a minivan or hybrid car. But they will definitely get you to your long-awaited destination with a huge smile on your face.