2005 Lotus Elise List
Price: $40,780 Used Price: $28,000
1.8-liter I4, 190 hp. That
such a polemic car has been savaged by depreciation much less
fiercely than many of its contemporaries should tell you something
about its appeal. Put it this way: If you love cars, you might not
necessarily love the Elise--but if you love driving, you will.
Your Walter Mitty race-car fantasies come alive every time you
squeeze down into the driver's seat and fire up that screaming
midmounted engine. The high-strung nature of the Elise means that
it's not typically used as an everyday car, so babied low-mileage
examples are common.