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Written By: Laura BerryReviewed By: Melanie MussonUPDATED: Mar 13, 2020Fact Checked

There are several amazing sports cars on the market for 2012. While sleek designs, powerful engines and overall handling are important to car buyers many are looking to get the best bang for their buck. The hum of the engine, raw horsepower, unbelievable handling around even the smallest corners, and well integrated curves are qualities in all these top 10 sports cars.

#1 – 2012 Ford Mustang

The 2012 Ford Mustang has made some major improvements this year making it not only pleasing for the eyes, but for the hands as well. One of the best features of the 2012 Ford Mustang is how great it handles on the road. Its fast acceleration is something to be reckoned with!

The Mustang comes with several different engine options, starting with a powerful 307hp 3.7L V6 engine. For those looking for ultimate horsepower, the Shelby GT500 delivers 550 horses from a 5.4L supercharged V8. This marks the eighth year since the most recent redesign of the aggressive, classic looking Mustang. The base price for the V6 is $22,310 and it gets 19 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

#2 – 2012 Audi TTS

The 2012 Audi TTS is popular both in terms of performance and efficiency. It comes with a 2.0 liter TFSI in-line four front engines with 265hp. This powerful engine also delivers 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The 2012 Audi TTS has a sleek convertible design and is reasonably priced between $47,000 and $50,000. Going from zero to 60 miles an hour takes a mere 4.7 seconds in this sports car. For those who want more out of a sports car than speed this 2012 Audi TTS also comes with two back seats that are best served for extra storage, luggage or even young children.

#3 – 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro disappeared for a few years, but is back and near the top of the list. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro comes standard with a 323hp V6 engine which can be upgraded to a 6.2L V8 that puts out 426hp. For those who want even more power, the Z1 model features a supercharged V8 that delivers 580 horses.

The Chevrolet Camaro rates higher in safety than the Mustang with its extra weight, 112.3 wheel base and 190.4 overall length contributing to the safety rating. The weight of the Chevrolet Camaro ranges from 3700 and 3900 pounds, which is heavier than the 2012 Mustang for those who are looking to take their car to the racetrack. The MSRP on the V6 is $23,280; it gets 18 mpg in the city and an economical 29 mpg on the highway.

#4 – 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

While not as powerful as other sports cars, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 certainly makes up for it in both exterior and interior looks and overall handling. The driving dynamics of the Mazda Miata puts it in competition with other sports cars. The engine is a 2.0 L, 167 hp 4 cylinder with 140 pounds of torque. It gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most attractive designs on the market which is why millions buy this sports car every year nationwide. The excellent driving dynamics are in large part due to its mid-ship mounted engine and rear driving layout. The suspension and rigid chassis also had to the excellent driving capabilities of the sports car. The MSRP is $23,470.

# 5 – 2012 BMW Z4

The 2012 BMW Z4 has a 2.0 liter turbocharged I-4 power in its sDrive28i version. This model of BMW sports car has scored high mostly on its stylish good looks, but has only received mediocre reviews on its overall performance. The sDrive35i version has a more potent 3.0 liter turbo charged I-6 engine for those who want more power.

The interior of the car is just as classy and appealing as the exterior and has many enticing features such as a power retractable hardtop, two toned treatment, center console, and door insert tops, six way adjustable seats and all leather upholstery. The BMW Z4 gets an estimated 17 mpg in the city and a very nice 34 mpg on the highway. The MSRP of $48,650 is consistent with the BMW name and quality.

#6 – 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette has been improved upon again in 2012. There are two body styles available for the 2012 Corvette, the coupe and convertible. There is a smaller version engine which is the 6.2L V-8, a middle version which is 7.-L V-8, and a supercharged version which is a 6.2L V-8 engine.

The Corvette transmission comes in both the six speed manual and the six speed automatic. There are four different models which are the following: Base, Grand Sport, Z06 and the ZR1. The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette has improved steering compared to last year’s model along with some new bells and whistles added to the interior.

Seats come with an optional microfiber insert and contrasting stitching. Customers can also specify their brake caliper color and also have two new choices for exterior color on this year’s Corvette. Its fuel efficiency is not so impressive at a mere 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Corvette retails for a base price of $49,600.

#7 – 2012 Dodge Challenger

The 2012 Dodge Challenger’s aggressive design along with its power and performance has made it a favorite sports car in 2012. The new 2012 Dodge Challenger offer something new this year! There are optional steering wheel mounted paddle shifters on both the SCT Plus and R/T designs. It gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, and retails for $24,995.

The Challenger is a true muscle car with one of the best high performance audio systems that has more than 900 watts of power. The body style is still a classic coupe, with a retro 1960s feel. There are three variations in engines: 3.6L V-6, 5.7L V-8 and the 6.4L V-8. The Challenger also has two transmissions to choose from, a six speed manual or a five speed automatic.

#8 – 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

This peppy sports car is a favorite among sports car lovers, but most of this is based on its style and luxurious extras. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has a 2.4 liter four in line front engine with 3.41in bore. It’s also equipped with 3.94in stroke, nine compression ratio, overhead cam, and has four valves per cylinder.

The price of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder ranges from a reasonable base price of 19,499 up to almost $30,000. It gets 27 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.

#9 – 2012 Lexus IS350

The 2012 Lexus is one of the more expensive sports cars with prices ranging from $40,000 to almost $47,000. There are two models which are the IS350 and the IS350C. The 2012 Lexus IS350 is the same in size, wheelbase, width and length to the 250 but there’s a big difference in the engine. The Lexus IS350 has a 3.5L V-6 with more than 304 hp.

The Lexus IS350 comes in either a sedan or a convertible model, both with a six speed automatic transmission. There are several updates in the 2012 Lexus IS350 model. There an improved front grill and bumper, tail light covers, a 17 in wheel design, and new and improved exhaust tip. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

#10 – 2012 Nissan 370Z

The 2012 Nissan 370Z has been ranked well this year for its sporty exterior design, overall performance and safety. Its base price is $31,910 and can easily stack up to $43,500 with options. The body of the coupe and convertible is very lightweight, but with a powerful engine with more than 300 hp. It’s got a six cylinder engine with a six speed manual transmission and rear wheel drive.

The Nissan 370Z also has proven to be a safe choice in sports car, known for its reliability and overall handling. While the price of the 2012 Nissan 370Z is more expensive than the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, it has much to offer. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Affordability, performance, and good looks – these top ten sports cars have something for everyone!

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