When it comes to performance-oriented cars, these vehicles are usually as low to the ground as possible for sharper handling and better aerodynamics.
This, however, makes them less optimal for road humps, potholes, or even just bumpy roads in general.
Fortunately, there are a number of sports cars that are actually quite good on unforgiving roads, we’ve detailed them below…
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1. Hyundai Elantra N
The Hyundai Elantra N, fitted with a sporty four-wheel independent suspension setup and a 5.5-inch ground clearance, which makes it the best sports car for bumpy roads.
This model, currently with a base price of $33,245, is an impressive sport sedan that provides the practicality of traditional cars.
Underneath the hood is a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (201 horsepower) mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2. Subaru WRX
The Subaru WRX has a composed suspension system that can get even better with an upgrade to the available adaptive suspension system. Combining this with a 5.4-inch ground clearance makes this one of the most stable, secure, and comfortable sports cars in today’s market.
When it comes to performance and rally racing, this model is top of mind.
There are 4 available trims: Base, Premium, Limited, and GT. Base pricing ranges from around $32,000 to $44,000.
The Premium trim level is the most popular. It has a starting price of $34,125.
3. Ford Mustang
The advanced integral-link independent rear suspension of the Ford Mustang, in addition to a respectable 5.4-inch ground clearance, makes the Mustang a strong and reliable pick for imperfect roads.
There are 5 main trim levels: EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium, and Mach 1. Base pricing ranges from around $29,000 to $57,965.
The most popular variant is the high-end GT Premium which has a starting price tag of $44,760.
There are 2 engine options: a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (310 horsepower) and a 5-liter V8 engine (450 horsepower).
These are mated to either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic transmission.
4. Toyota GR Corolla
The Toyota GR Corolla’s patented GR circuit-tuned suspension gives a sportier and slightly stiffer ride but also works well on standard open roads. Fusing this with a 5.3-inch ground clearance makes it one of the best candidates on this list.
Based on the modest Corolla, the GR Corolla is an all-wheel-drive performance car that gives out 300 horsepower, thanks to its turbocharged 1.6-liter 3-cylinder engine.
There are a total of 2 primary trim levels: Core and Circuit. A third trim is available, but in limited quantities. It is known as the Morizo Edition.
If it were up to us, going for the entry-level Core (priced at $36,995) is more than enough.
Regardless of which trim you go with, the EPA claims that you can get about 24 MPG for combined city and highway driving.
5. Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette has constantly refined its tried-and-tested suspension system. An optional MagneRide adaptive suspension, which increases responsiveness to different road conditions, makes this sports car all the more comfortable to drive. By the way, a ground clearance of 5.3 inches helps, too.
Considered to be the most popular sports car in all of history, this model continues to impress with its stellar handling, standout design, and fantastic performance.
There are a total of 3 trim levels: Stingray, E-Ray, and Z06. Base pricing ranges from around $68,000 to $112,000.
6. Acura TLX Type S
Alongside a performance-oriented, specially tuned suspension system with adaptive dampers, the Acura TLX Type S boasts a ground clearance of 5.3 inches, which makes the vehicle just as good as a standard sedan.
Priced at $63,995 (base pricing), this model is considered to be one of the best in today’s market largely due to its robust all-wheel-drive system, comfortable interior, and numerous standard features.
Not only is this car fantastic in terms of performance, pricing, and comfort but it also holds its own in the fuel efficiency department, with the EPA stating that it can achieve up to 21 MPG for combined city and highway driving.
Other comfort-related features include the following:
- GPS-linked climate control
- Heated seating
- Heated steering wheel
- Leather upholstery
- Faux suede seat inserts
7. Audi TT
While it may not look like it, the Audi TT has an impressive ground clearance of 5.3 inches and a refined Quattro suspension system that is well-adapted to regular roads and highways.
This sports car is known for its sporty handling, Quatro all-wheel drive, and respectable fuel efficiency.
The most recent model year comes in a single well-equipped trim level. It has a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine (228 horsepower), a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the reputable Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Pricing starts at $57,395.
8. Dodge Challenger (5.2 inches)
The muscular Dodge Challenger utilizes a high-performance strut-and-shock suspension combo that is well-suited for roads and highways alike. Combining this with a 5.2-inch ground clearance makes it a spectacularly good choice for countless reasons.
If you value comfort, utility, and practicality, the Challenger is king of the hill in the sports car segment.
There are 4 main trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, and SRT. Base pricing ranges from around $33,000 to $90,000.
According to reviews, the Challenger is a great performer on both open and curvy roads, thanks to balanced weight distribution and adaptive suspension, upping the comfort factor of the vehicle even further.
9. Audi S8 (5.2 inches)
The luxurious, business-like Audi S8 has a 5.2-inch ground clearance and a genius predictive active suspension system that is considered by many to be one of the best in its class, making it a dependable daily driver, bumpy road or otherwise.
This model is powerful, intimidating, and built with premium materials, inside and out.
The most recent model year only offers a single trim. It is powered by a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine (563 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque) paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission on an all-wheel-drive.