18 Great Driver's Sedans You Totally Forgot About

You need to remember.

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Volvo

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. Here are some great driver's sedans people always forget about, according to you.

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Subaru
Subaru Legacy GT

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.

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Acura
Acura Integra

People idolize the Integra coupe from the 1990s, but often forget 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.

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R&T
Nissan Maxima

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.

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Mazdaspeed6

While most Mazda fans are begging for the return of the Mazdaspeed3 hatch, we'd like to see the Mazdaspeed6 sedan make a comeback. Unassuming yet capable, it packs a 274-horsepower turbocharged inline-four sending power to all four wheels.

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Ford
Ford Taurus SHO

The original SHO was actually really cool. Though it didn't look like much from the outside, it packed a Yamaha-designed V6 connected to a five-speed manual transmission. It was pretty quick for the period, making it a wonderful sleeper.

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Honda
Honda Accord V6

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.

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Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo 164

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.

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Lexus
Lexus IS300

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.

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Nissan Altima SE-R

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.

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Ford SVT Contour

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.

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Mazda Millennia S

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.

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Acura TSX

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.

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BMW 330i ZHP

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.

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Mazdaspeed Protege

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.

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Mitsubishi Galant VR4

A little bit on the older side, but the Galant VR4 is a rally machine in street clothes. Look how cool it is.

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Saab 9-3 Turbo X

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.

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Volvo 850 T5 R

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.

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup

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.

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