7 sports cars you can drive every day

Mini Cooper Roadster

Price: $27,500

Mileage: 27 mpg city/35 highway/30 combined

The least refined of our picks, we still like this Mini enough to include it. Minis by nature are sports, and a big part of that is the spot-on handling that requires a tuned suspension. In the Roadster, though, ride comfort doesn't suffer too much in the name of performance. The convertible top is a bit of a throwback to the days before liners in convertibles were commonplace. This makes the Mini a bit noisier with the top up than others on our list. But we love the way this little car corners; it defines athletic. We also enjoy the retro look and feel of the cabin. The 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission is the least powerful powertrain you'll find here, but that helps the Mini to get the second-best gas mileage.