7 sports cars you can drive every day

Mercedes-Benz SLK250 Roadster

Price: $49,335
Mileage: 23 mpg city/33 highway/26 combined

Another one some purists might argue isn't really a sports car, the SLK250 admittedly is as elegant as it is sporty. We included it because, in addition to its nicely sculpted sheet metal and two-seat configuration, it has a peppy 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder percolating under its hood. As priced here, a seven-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission hustles power to the rear wheels. Need more get-up-and-go? For another $25,000 or so, you can opt for the 415-horsepower SLK55 AMG. The SLK250's retractable hardtop makes a terrific year-round drive, even in colder climates. Don't let its luxury pedigree fool you; it is quite competent when attacking the corners. Taller drivers may find its tidy cabin a bit confining, but otherwise it is well-appointed, with comfortable seats and a pliant ride.