The Elise is like nothing else on the road, superior in its driving/go-kart attributes, but lacks the refinement of other cars mentioned by posters above. Having owned several Miatas (currently own a Monster-Miata - also nothing like it as well), the Miata is stealth on the road and is a nicely balanced car, but in my opinion is under-powered and drives quite ordinary in stock form. The FR-S, is wonderfully balanced, a complete package, but I can't wait until TRD come out with a Supercharger.
The S2000 and NSX, have the refinement that the Elise lacks, and offer performance that the Miata and FR-S lack, but both are still missing the go-kart attributes that can not be replicated in the Elise which is 700 pounds lighter than the S2000 and approximately 1,000 pounds lighter than an NSX.
In the end the driving characteristics of the Elise win many over, despite lacking some of the refinement found in more conventional cars.
Last edited by vincesf; 11-26-2012 at 12:29 PM.