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The 3 Most Reliable Sports Cars of 2021

These sports cars are going the distance (with speed)

Jane Ulitskaya, Digital Content Specialist

"Thrilling, powerful, fast" - these are some of the items you'd expect to find on the checklist of a typical sports car shopper. Reliability, on the other hand, isn't often seen at the top of that list. It may come as a surprise, but buying a sports car is actually a wise decision for shoppers who prioritize reliability. According to Car and Driver, nearly 80% of the sports cars sold in the U.S. since 1993 have above-average reliability which is a record that no other segment can match. The following three sports cars are rated among the most reliable according to the J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. This means that in addition to the driving thrills, these cars will stand up to countless long drives and accompany you to the track for years to come.

2021 Chevy Corvette

Best

for supercar aficionados

  • PROS: Exotic looks, remarkable performance from the small block V8 engine, easy to drive at low speeds.
  • CONS: Overstyling elements in the back, strange climate control center console, difficult visibility, doesn't really look like a Corvette anymore.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette has become one of our favorite sports cars to drive after its shift to a mid-engine design last year. The Corvette Stingray offers exotic stying and supercar performance, all with a reasonable price tag under $80,000. With its 6.2-liter V8, 495-horsepower, and 470 lb-ft or torque, the Corvette reaches a 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds. This sports car is also remarkably easy to drive with responsive steering and balanced handling. The 2021 Corvette's value extends beyond its performance and bargain price. It's also very reliable according to J.D. Power. The 2021 Corvette gets a reliability score of 4/5 which translates to "better than most".

2021 Dodge Challenger

Best

for All-season driving

  • PROS: Powerful V8 engine options, more space than the competition, retro styling, only two-door muscle car with AWD.
  • CONS: Lackluster interior, base V6 engine lacks excitement, competitors offer better handling.

Dodge may have landed right in the middle of the pack for J.D. Power's reliability study for 2021, but its Dodge Challenger coupe came out a winner, claiming a spot in the 'Most Reliable Midsize Sporty Car' category. The 2021 Challenger offers classic American muscle car styling and impressive performance to back it up. Although the Challenger's base 305-horsepower V6 isn't the most thrilling choice, its two Hemi V8 engine options make up for it. The Challenger will satisfy the die-hard muscle car enthusiast with up to 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque with the available 6.4-liter V8. In addition to its reliability, another practical feature of the Challenger is its available AWD, something no other muscle car offers.

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera/ Carrera S

Best

for Track lovers

  • PROS: Potent V8 engine lineup, iconic styling, superb steering and handling make it an enthusiast's dream, premium cabin
  • CONS: Price is out of reach for the average sports car enthusiast

The 2021 Porsche 911 stays true to its iconic heritage with unmistakable styling, unmatched performance, and a comfortable and upscale cabin. Now, the 911 can claim reliability among its long list of accolades. J.D. Power named the Porsche 911 the most dependable overall model for 2021. This means that 911 owners experienced the fewest problems with their vehicles after three years of ownership. One problem that 911 owners definitely won't encounter is boredom behind the wheel. The 911 is offered as a coupe or convertible with 3 engine options including a 640-horsepower twin-turbo 3.8-liter 6-cylinder. The 2021 Porsche 911 offers driving thrills thanks to the quick acceleration, incredibly direct steering, and excellent corning grip.

Why choose one of these reliable sports cars?

  • Balance performance with practicality
  • Above average reliability ratings from J.D. Power
  • A well-cared-for sports car can offer driving thrills for decades