A two-door RWD sports car, the 2010 Lotus Elise doesn't change much from its 2009 model. Its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine releases 189 hp from the 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is decently rated at 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock breaking system, daytime running lights along with driver and passenger airbags. Other features include keyless entry, an LCD message panel and air conditioning.Read more Read less
There are no changes of note for the 2010 Lotus Elise, other than the availability of a new Elise Performance Package. It includes 2009's Touring Package options plus sport seats, Alcantara upholstery, traction control, dual oil coolers, removable hard top, sport dampers, sport springs, performance tires and harness bar, all for about $3,600.
Distinctive roadster styling; lightweight with no-frills; excellent fuel economy; a fun weekend racer
The Lotus Elise has been available in Europe for more than a decade, while the U.S. had to wait until 2005 for the roadster to hit American shores. In the years since, little has changed for the Elise racer. People who buy the Elise are interested in a track car that can occasionally be driven in town. It is lightweight outside and in, and is not intended for casual use. But, when used properly, the Elise provides intense handling and super-car responsiveness. The 4-cylinder Toyota-sourced engine inside the 2010 Elise provides reliability and surprising fuel economy at 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. All this performance comes at a modest starting price of $47,250.