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2011 Lotus Evora

$34,156 — $53,784 USED
Coupe
2-4 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 5 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

What to Know

about the 2011 Lotus Evora
  • Model unrelated to Exige or Elise siblings
  • Seats up to four
  • Mid-engine layout
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed manual

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2011 Lotus Evora. It competes with the Audi S5, BMW M3, Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Shelby GT500.

Vehicle Overview

In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in Lotus' flyweight Elise, the Evora has a Toyota-sourced, 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than the Elise, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance with the Porsche 911. The Evora is Lotus' first modern attempt at a daily driver, with options such as a two-passenger backseat, a navigation system and a backup camera.

New for 2011
Non-S models gain an available automatic transmission.

Exterior
Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora weighs 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 doorsills 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 rear wheels 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 engine, mounted 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 the front wheels measure 18 inches.


Interior
In contrast to the sparse cabin in the 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 ...

Vehicle Overview

In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in Lotus' flyweight Elise, the Evora has a Toyota-sourced, 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than the Elise, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance with the Porsche 911. The Evora is Lotus' first modern attempt at a daily driver, with options such as a two-passenger backseat, a navigation system and a backup camera.

New for 2011
Non-S models gain an available automatic transmission.

Exterior
Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora weighs 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 doorsills 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 rear wheels 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 engine, mounted 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 the front wheels measure 18 inches.


Interior
In contrast to the sparse cabin in the 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. 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 and 258 pounds-feet of torque. It is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Lotus says the Evora hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 162 mph.


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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
5 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(4.0)

Time to move on, but I'll miss the Evora

by CMolnar from Fishers, In on August 25, 2017

The Lotus Evora is a gorgeous car that handles sublimely. Lotus prices they have a unique ability to make a car that drives like it's on rails without being you up in the process. It almost makes it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Unbelievable performance + comfort

by Lov2bugu from alexandria on October 16, 2015

It is by far one of the best cars i have ever owned, incredibly amazing, soft on bumps, competitive as other serious performance cars on the track... My only issue with this car, it turns waaaaaay too ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Lotus Evora currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Lotus Evora has not been tested.

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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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