Since the BMW M3 came around in the 1980s, manufacturers from Mitsubishi to Saab have started to offer their own performance variants of sedans. Some of them were instant legends, a lot of them were great but instantly overlooked. If you want a great driver's sedan but don't want the typical choice, look no further than these 13 options that you probably forgot exist.
We here at Road & Track have a fondness for the V6 Accord. It's unassuming yet surprisingly capable and direct. Plus, there's no beating that Honda reliability. Our tip? Go for the 2007, the final year you could pair the V6 sedan with a manual gearbox.
Sure, it was front-wheel drive, but the 164 still came with a fantastic-sounding V6, a sweet interior, and some seriously cool '90s looks.
People often forget you could spec the IS300 with a manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Combine those with the car's standard 2JZ straight-six, and you've got yourself a bulletproof four-door fun machine.
Yep, Nissan made a performance Altima in 2005. Not many were sold, but it has a stiffened suspension, 10 more horsepower, and forged wheels. Worth a look.
The SVT Contour combines the sleeper looks of the Ford Contour with some power and handling chops. A fun sleeper that didn't get its due.
The Millennia S is never mentioned, but it's a comfortable, fast car for people that wanted a BMW but couldn't quite swing the payments.
Great handling, fun car. And as reliable as a Honda. No matter what you think of Acura, the TSX is worth considering if just for the six speed manual transmission.
It's like an E46 M3, just with less power and more doors. It's also one of the most sought after performance sedans you can buy today.
Mazdaspeed usually fettles a car in the last year or two of its production cycle. That's the case here too, as they took the already great handling Protege MP3 and added some actual power.
A little bit on the older side, but the Galant VR4 is a rally machine in street clothes. Look how cool it is.
Before Saab disappeared, they were making some really cool cars. The all-wheel drive Turbo X made 280 horsepower from it's turbo V6 and had a manual transmission. Awesome.
The 850 T5 R came in a sedan and a wagon. We chose to show you the wagon because that's like a sedan, but better.
Yes, it's powered by a diesel engine, but this is basically a homologation special for the TDI Cup race series. And it's all sorts of cool.