The majority of the population cares less about acceleration or handling and more about gas mileage and stupidly overly complicated infotainment systems. Hence why more people drive about in Honda Civics and Toyota Priuses than cars that are somewhat interesting, such as the BMW 3 Series or a Saab of some sort. As a result, many exciting cars are overlooked by the majority of the population, even by us car enthusiasts. So, here is a list of 10 superb cars that time has forgotten.
10. Lexus SC300/Toyota Soarer
Known to some as the “Poor Man’s Supra,” the Lexus SC300 shares much of its platform with the MKIV Supra that Fast and Furious fans have come to love. The SC300 shares the same naturally aspirated 2JZ-GE as the base model Supra . While a 2JZ without a turbo is a bit like a hamburger without the beef, many car enthusiasts have converted it to turbo, or just swapped in a JDM 2JZ-GTE. Though it’s not the same car, it’s very similar, and it is arguably better looking than the Supra, though not nearly as exclusive or as popular.
9. Saab 9-3
While classic Saabs such as the 900 Turbo and the 99 Turbo are beginning to gain well-deserved popularity, many overlook the more modern 9-3. It was one of the first Saabs that was entirely developed under the watchful eye of General Motors, hence its lack of love in car enthusiast circles. During its first generation (when it was a rehashed 900), it sat on the GM2900 platform which was shared by many mundane cars such as the Vauxhall Cavalier, the Vauxhall Vectra, and the Saturn L-Series.
During its second generation, it was built on GM’s Epsilon platform, which is shared with the Chevrolet Malibu and the Vauxhall Insignia. It also shares fettled versions of GM’s Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and their “High Feature” 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 with your choice of front-wheel drive or all wheel drive, depending on the trim level. Yes, it isn’t as fast to 60 mph as a Mercedes C350 or a BMW 335i, nor is it as comfortable or as well equipped, hence its lack of popularity. But it is a fantastic car that is worth giving a chance. They are no longer made, as Saab is now being repurposed for the manufacturing of electric vehicles (ugh), so snatch one up soon.