In these days of extremely capable hot hatchbacks and sporty SUVs, performance sedans are a forgotten car class. But in the ’90s and early 2000s, they were popular among family-oriented car enthusiasts. However, today only a few have survived. Yes, you can still buy a BMW M3, Mercedes C63 AMG or Cadillac CTS-V, but that’s it.
During the ’90s and early 2000s, there were many ordinary family models with powerful engines and performance-oriented suspension setups that could provide a thrilling ride yet were dependable everyday cars. But most performance sedan fans feel they deserve a second chance.
You can’t expect Ferrari-beating performances from 20-year-old sedans, but these cars will surprise you with their power. But the best news of all is that most of them are now inexpensive second-hand models that can provide lots of fun for low prices. So here are 20 performance sedans you probably forgot.
Subaru Legacy GT
Because Subaru produced them for a short period of time, the Legacy GT was always in the shadow of its more popular sibling, the Impreza STI. However, the Legacy GT offered more refinement, interior space and comfort. Thanks to its stealth looks, the GT part of the name suggested this car was no ordinary Legacy.
The 2.5-liter flat four engine could deliver 250 HP and 240 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. And that is what makes this ordinary sedan quite capable in the right hands. It may look like a family sedan, but the Legacy GT is as fast as the Impreza STI.