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2010 Lotus Exige Review

Review Last Updated: 4/13/10

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

The 2010 Lotus Exige is a rocket on the track, combining mind-blowing speeds with superb handling dynamics. It isn’t, however, suitable for daily use. Its stiff suspension and lack of luxury and convenience features make sure of that. "If you're looking for a car whose sole purpose is to dominate the racetrack or canyon roads, look no farther than the 2010 Lotus Exige," writes Edmunds.

First and foremost, the 2010 Lotus Exige is engineered to perform. Everything else caters to that purpose, or comes second. For instance, superb aerodynamics are to thank for the 2010 Lotus Exige’s wild style. The fact that its interior is devoid of most of the creature comforts its rivals offer as standard equipment has more to do with keeping weight down than saving shoppers a few bucks. If you can’t see the logic in that, the 2010 Lotus Exige isn’t for you.

Forbes puts it best: "Some car guys know the price of everything and the value of nothing, as car guy Oscar Wilde put it. Others value efficiency and purity at any price; size doesn't matter. The Exige--the best-handling, purest, most entertaining production sports car on the road--is for them."

But to merely state that the 2010 Lotus Exige delivers would be a gross understatement. Test drivers report that this machine blasts across straight-aways and through twists and turns like few others can. Reviewers, however, warn that its stiff suspension, low slung cabin and lack of adequate cargo room make it unsuitable for sporty jaunts around town. Still, the 2010 Lotus Exige is wild fire on the track.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

Shoppers interested in the 2010 Lotus Exige should also check out the Porsche Cayman. It doesn’t accelerate as quickly as the 2010 Lotus Exige, but provides more horsepower, has a higher top speed and handles just as marvelously. It's also a lot more luxurious and starts at nearly $14K less.

Those looking to save even more should consider the Mazda Miata. It's not as eye-catching as the 2010 Lotus Exige, but offers mind-blowing performance for an affordable price. Plus, it features a convertible hardtop -- which offers relief on hot days at the track.

Details: 2010 Lotus Exige

For 2010, the Lotus Exige received an exterior refresh. It’s available in two trims, S and S 240.

  • "This is a track-ready missile that shares its chassis and interior with the Elise. The Exige S, however, doesn't have a removable top, and it has different body panels and a rear wing, the latter to increase downforce. For those interested in an all-out track toy, the Exige is an excellent choice." -- Car and Driver
  • "[T]his compact little collection of wings, vents, spoilers, handling, oomph, and grip was built to order from the happiest days of your childhood." -- Jalopnik

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