Performance sedans are kind of a secret weapon in the car world. You get huge driving enjoyment without the negative attention that comes with a traditional sports car. Some of them were instant legends, but a lot of them have been overlooked. Here are some great driver's sedans that people always seem to forget about.
The Pontiac G8 never really took off sales-wise, which wasn't helped by the demise of the brand, but it remains a solid choice for those looking for a fun rear-wheel drive V-8-powered sedan. You could even get it with a manual in GXP trim—though those cars are rare .
Ford is killing off all of its sedans in the US, and that includes the Fusion. The Sport is actually pretty fun to drive, with good looks and a 325-horsepower twin-turbo engine. It's a shame it's going away. brand-new, and you can own it right now.
The E39-generation M5 is one of the greatest sport sedans on earth. But if you can't afford an M5, the 540i is the next best thing. It's nearly as nice behind the wheel, and could be had with a manual transmission. for sale on eBay.
The IS F was never as popular as the M3 or C63 of its time, but considering it had a naturally aspirated V-8 under the hood and bulletproof reliability, it shouldn't be forgotten. can be yours for under $20,000.
Subaru's performance world has always focused around the Impreza, but its bigger sibling, the Legacy, has received go-fast upgrades from the factory, too. If you want the capability of a WRX in a bigger, more comfortable package, it's a no-brainer. up for sale on eBay right now.
People idolize the Integra coupe from the 1990s, but often forget that Acura offered a four-door version as well. It doesn't look as sporty, but it provides the same fun factor you get from the two-door. can be yours today.
The Maxima is probably the most "normal" car on this list, but with a manual transmission, it's anything but. Combined with a 3.5 liter V6, it makes for a serious smile machine, one that'll fly under the radar if you get it in a color other than the orange shown here. up for bidding now.
The original SHO was actually really cool. Though it didn't look like much from the outside, it packed a Yamaha-designed V-6 connected to a five-speed manual transmission. It was pretty quick for the period, making it a wonderful sleeper. in good condition up for grabs now.
We here at Road & Track have a fondness for the V-6 Accord. It's unassuming yet surprisingly capable and direct. Plus, there's no beating that Honda reliability. Our tip? Go for a 2007 , the final year you could pair the V-6 sedan with a manual gearbox.
Sure, it was front-wheel drive, but the 164 still came with a fantastic-sounding V-6, a sweet interior, and some seriously cool '90s looks. in good condition, and you can own it today.
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. listed on eBay right now.
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 unassuming looks of the Ford Contour with serious 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. you can own today for $8200.
It's like an E46 M3, just with a little less power. It's also one of the most-sought after performance sedans on the used market. up for bidding on eBay now.
Mazdaspeed usually fettles a car in the last year or two of its production cycle. That's the case here: Mazda 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 its turbo V-6 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.