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2010 Lotus Elise Review

This review was written when the 2010 Lotus Elise was new.

The 2010 Lotus Elise is everything you’d want in a performance-tuned track racer, but not a luxury sports car. Drivers of the Lotus Elise buy it for only one reason: to burn rubber. "This roadster is for those who want a street-legal go-kart, as many weight-reducing measures-such as a lack of creature comforts-endow it with rare agility and race-car-like performance," writes Car and Driver

The 2010 Lotus Elise lacks adequate cargo space and much of the safety and convenience technology drivers have to come to expect as standard equipment in the class of luxury sports cars. But real enthusiasts won’t mind one bit because what the 2010 Lotus Elise lacks in creature comforts, it more than makes up for in performance. For instance, the Lotus Elise can blast from 0 to 60 mph in the same amount of time that it takes much more expensive supercars and handles just as marvelously. Just be warned, the 2010 Lotus Elise’s lack of features makes it a great light-weight sports car to burn on the track, but definitely not a comfortable car for everyday driving.

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Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you're in the market for a convertible luxury sports car with more luxury and daily usability than the 2010 Lotus Elise, add the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 to your shortlist. Both provide more horsepower than the Lotus Elise, but neither are as quick off the line. They do, however, feature loads of standard convenience features, premium materials and safety technology that the 2010 Lotus Elise lacks. They're also more comfortable to drive on a daily basis. In addition, their abundant cargo room makes them more practical.

If the 2010 Lotus Elise's performance-first, no-frills design appeals to you, also check out the Chevrolet Corvette. It's similarly priced, but packs a meaner punch with its mighty 430-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine. In production since 1953, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is an all-American icon.

Detatils: 2010 Lotus Elise

To the delight of sports car enthusiasts and the legion of cult followers it’s amassed, the Lotus Elise carries into the 2010 model year unchanged. The 2010 Lotus Elise is available in two trims, the base Elise and supercharged Elise SC.

  • "The Lotus Elise SC is the automotive equivalent of a beautiful but high-maintenance girlfriend -- difficult, but clearly worth the trouble.  ... The Elise might be impractical, but on the right road, it can still deliver like few others." -- Edmunds
  • "Taken in sum, the Lotus Elise is a fantastic car for a comparatively limited audience that gets it and can actually use it. For everyone else, including those specifically interested in high-performance sports cars bordering on supercars, there are other choices in the market likely to be more useful, accommodating and appealing." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The Elise is a compact, lightweight sports car meant for track driving. As such, its competitors, such as the BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster, generally boast more comfort but fewer at-the-limits performance attributes." -- Cars.com
Review Last Updated: 4/12/10

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