Top 8 Mid-Engine Cars You Can Count On For Practicality

And We’re Not Just Talking About Mid-Engine Sports Cars Either!

Updated November 16, 2018

When you drive a mid-engine car you don’t go for practicality, but instead opt for better handling and unique style. However, the following eight cars are truly practical for a vehicle with an engine mounted at the back of the driver. The word “practical” can mean many things, but it’s not always about storage space and passenger seating – it can also be about driving comfort, power delivery, weight distribution, and many other factors. So let’s take a look at 8 mid-engine cars that score big on practicality. Even if some of them are mega expensive.

  1. McLaren F1

McLaren F1

The designer of the McLaren F1, Gordon Murray, sought for a small and light design without necessarily sacrificing on usability. This is probably why he set the driver and passengers in a delta position, leaving ample storage compartments on each side of the vehicle. Some may even call the car’s arrangement magical, but it does provide practicality besides having superior handling and performance.


  1. Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

Ferrari Dino

Unlike a similar model, the V8 Porsche 911 Fighter which comes with a 2+2 seating and a sizeable trunk, the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 has the same practical features, although, it is a mid-engine car. It is a 3.0 liter V8, but with plenty of room to accommodate 4 seats and a large trunk in the rear of the car.


  1. Porsche 914

Porsche 914

The Porsche 914 does not only have a boxer engine configuration, but is also extremely compact. It has four seats, two sizeable trunks at the front, and a pack. The car’s layout could potentially be revisited by Porsche in the near future.


  1. Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

For a company that does not show much concern for practical cars, Lotus seems to have caught us by surprise in the Evora. This is quite a usable car which can practically fit two small back seats, preferably for a small child, and a small but practical trunk close to the mid- engine.


  1. McLaren 570 GT

McLaren GT

The 570 GT provides one of the most interesting ideas in the grand tourer concept. Rather than having a second trunk behind the mid-engine, McLaren simply placed the trunk right above the motor. One more thing we can say for McLaren 570 GT is its long-distance driving comfort, not forgetting the fact that it easily gets up to a top speed of 204 mph.


  1. Porsche Cayman GT4

Porsche Cayman GT4

In the Cayman, Porsche seems to have revisited the same layout found in the Porsche 914. The Cayman GT 4 comes with a low mounted flat-4, a large trunk at the back besides the ample front trunk, and spacious room for more cargo above the engine.


  1. Acura NSX

Acura NSX

The Acura NSX is a supercar similar to Honda Accord, but quite powerful. Not even the Ferrari 348 comes close to this supercar. It is also quite practical. The two-seater has a very usable trunk in the rear, and better visibility than the Porsche 911.


  1. Toyota Previa

Toyota Previa - The Most Practical Mid-Engine Cars

The Toyota Previa deserves top accolades for being the most practical car ever designed with an engine behind the driver. Its mid-engine lies right under the passenger compartment. As you can see, the Toyota Previa is not a mid-engine sports car like we’ve listed above, but it is one of the most practical mid engine cars out there, with all the space you would need for a family outing or picnic.






James Murrell
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