As unbelievable as it may sound, the Ford Taurus sedan was one of America's best-selling cars in the late 1980s. From 1992 to 1996, it was the country's most popular new car outright. Other manufacturers wanted in on this booming mid-size sedan segment, which gave us cars like the lovely 90's Honda Accord, and this car, the 1989 Nissan Maxima.
Totally redesigned for 1989, the Maxima was ripped away from its '80s boxy design and molded into a sleek, understated look with some great lines. In terms of looks, I think it's one of Nissan's best four-door designs ever (though the Japan-only President still takes the crown). Paired with the 3.0-liter V6 from the company's 300ZX sports car and a five-speed manual transmission, it helped usher in a new era of fun-to-drive sport sedans normal people could afford.
Motorweek got their hands on it back when it was new, complimenting its excellent grip and much-improved feel. Nowadays, they're pretty hard to find for sale, but when they are listed, it's . I'd have a hard time deciding between one of these and an original Taurus SHO, that's for sure.