The 5 Best Two-Seater Cars

Many of us have responsibilities that require more than two doors. Fortunately, not all of us have to get a minivan or a quiet sedan to get things done.

Look no further than these five cars; some of the zippiest and most fun on the road.

1. 2013 Smart Fortwo 
OK, OK, so the Smart doesn’t necessarily generate the image of a powerful convertible ripping down the highway. But to be fair, not everybody wants that, and some prize small size and maneuverability over power, and some just want to dump the gas-guzzling minivan for something that sips. If that’s you, the Fortwo is right up your alley: the 70-horsepower engine won’t be setting any speed records, but it’s got great fuel efficiency, it’s incredibly light and surprisingly roomy, it’s dirt cheap — starting at below $13,000 — and above all, you will never, ever, ever have to worry about fitting in a parking space again.

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If you want something small, maneuverable, and with a nice convertible top, look no further than the Miata. True, the Miata is not the most powerful of the two-seaters, coming in at only 167 horsepower, but it does offer a neat retractable hardtop as well as the classic ragtop. It’s also hard to argue with the price: Unlike many two-seaters, the Miata comes in at under $25,000 for the base model. So if you want the fun and zip without too much cost, it’s a good choice.

3. 2013 Nissan 370Z

If you want to strike a balance between fiscal responsibility and owning a fast car .. well, you are kind of missing the point of the exercise. But if that’s the case, look no further than the 370Z. It’s got a lot of power under the hood, with up to 350 horsepower, depending on the model you choose. It’s also pricey enough to feel like a luxury without ruining your vacation fund.

4. 2013 Chevrolet Corvette

No list of two-seaters is complete without mentioning the Corvette. Available in a hardtop or, of course, as a convertible, it starts at a 6.2 liter V8 engine putting out 430 horsepower, and it only goes up from there. If you want more speed and power, the Z06 steps it up to 7.0 liters and 505 horsepower. Still not enough? The ZR1 puts a supercharger onto the 6.2 liter V8, bringing it up to 638 horsepower. Needless to say, automatic fans need not apply: The Corvette is proudly manual only.

5. 2013 BMW Z4

BMW as a name is synonymous with roadsters, and the Z4 lives up to the legacy admirably. The Z4 is the high end of BMW’s roadsters, although convertible fans might also want to look into the 1 series of vehicles. The key thing about the BMW is the sheer luxury on display. It’s got a decent amount of power at between 240 and 335 horsepower, but this is a car that’s all about the little things: The comfort of the seats, the ease of use of the car, and the sheer engineering glory make it a car perfectly suited to get on the road.

And hey, if all else fails to impress, it is a BMW.

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