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2010 Lotus Evora

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$35,248 — $46,744 USED
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Coupe
4 Seats
22 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.4) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Performance heritage
  • Less sparse cabin than Exige or Elise
  • Available backseat, usable trunk
  • Handling potential

The Bad

  • Cockpit still difficult to enter/exit
  • No dual-clutch transmission available

What to Know

about the 2010 Lotus Evora
  • All-new model unrelated to Exige or Elise siblings
  • Seats up to four
  • Mid-engine layout
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed manual

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2010 Lotus Evora Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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Vehicle Overview
Lotus says the new Evora is the world’s first four-seat, mid-engine car. Its engine placement is one that’s been used in two-seat cars to ensure optimal weight distribution and better cornering control.

In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in the flyweight Elise and Exige, the Evora has a Toyota-sourced, 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than either sibling, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance to the Porsche 911. It is Lotus’ first modern attempt at a daily driver, too, with options such as a two-passenger backseat, a navigation system and a backup camera. A few years down the road, the automaker says to expect a convertible variant.

Exterior
Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora weighs 3,046 pounds, about 1,000 pounds more than either sibling. Lotus says the car was designed to be a better daily driver than the Exige or Elise, with larger doors, narrower door sills and a 2.5-inch higher seating position. Still, the Evora looks like a racecar. A low, broad nose extends far beyond the front wheels, while the rears sit comparatively closer to the rear bumper. In back, a spoiler joins the taillights, though it’s far smaller than the Exige’s massive wing.

The mid-mounted engine, located behind the backseat, sends exhaust out two central pipes directly below the license plate. The Evora’s rear wheels measure 19 inches in diameter and wear Pire...

Vehicle Overview
Lotus says the new Evora is the world’s first four-seat, mid-engine car. Its engine placement is one that’s been used in two-seat cars to ensure optimal weight distribution and better cornering control.

In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in the flyweight Elise and Exige, the Evora has a Toyota-sourced, 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than either sibling, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance to the Porsche 911. It is Lotus’ first modern attempt at a daily driver, too, with options such as a two-passenger backseat, a navigation system and a backup camera. A few years down the road, the automaker says to expect a convertible variant.

Exterior
Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora weighs 3,046 pounds, about 1,000 pounds more than either sibling. Lotus says the car was designed to be a better daily driver than the Exige or Elise, with larger doors, narrower door sills and a 2.5-inch higher seating position. Still, the Evora looks like a racecar. A low, broad nose extends far beyond the front wheels, while the rears sit comparatively closer to the rear bumper. In back, a spoiler joins the taillights, though it’s far smaller than the Exige’s massive wing.

The mid-mounted engine, located behind the backseat, sends exhaust out two central pipes directly below the license plate. The Evora’s rear wheels measure 19 inches in diameter and wear Pirelli P-Zero high-performance P255/35ZR19 tires. The front wheels measure 18 inches and wear P225/40ZR18 P-Zeros.

Interior
In contrast to the sparse cabins in the Exige and Elise, the Evora’s cabin offers a leather-covered dashboard with genuine aluminum accents. Front and center is an Alpine 7-inch touch-screen, which controls the iPod-compatible stereo, navigation system and optional backup camera. A full-leather interior, with cowhide spanning more surfaces, is optional. Luxury shoppers should note, however, that the Evora is no Mercedes SL or Jaguar XK: Heated power seats and automatic climate control are unavailable, as those features would add weight and diminish the Evora’s performance, Lotus says.

The automaker says the Evora’s front seats can accommodate two 6-foot-6-inch adults, and the 5.7-cubic-foot trunk can hold a full set of golf clubs. The rear seats, however, are intended for kids.

Under the Hood
Technically behind the backseat rather than under the hood, the Evora’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine comes from Toyota. It makes 276 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm. The sole transmission is a six-speed manual.

Lotus says the Evora hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 162 mph. As to be expected of a car significantly larger than the Exige or Elise, the Evora uses hydraulic power steering — neither sibling has power steering at all — and its front disc brakes measure a relatively massive 13.8 inches in diameter. The rear discs are 13.1 inches.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system come standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

Beautiful, reliable performance

by M. Richard from North Palm Beach, Florida on January 4, 2020

Owning this car has been a pleasure. Gets compliments all around town and drives like a dream. Extremely sure footed and balanced, enabling the driver to fully and confidently connect with the road. 0... Read full review

(5.0)

Under Appreciated Exotic Car Masterpiece

by dallasracer from Dallas, TX on November 23, 2019

This exotic has flown under the radar for years. Excellent alternative to the common 911, which is what I was originally shopping for. This is far more unique and drives much better imo. Easily one of... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Evora received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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