Lexus IS 300
The first generation IS 300 was a true driver’s car especially if you ordered it with the manual transmission and limited-slip differential. That combo turned the Lexus IS 300 into a true BMW fighter. The 3.0-liter straight six delivered 217 HP, which was more than enough for a thrilling ride. Today, those 1998 to 2003 IS models are inexpensive, but you should go for the manual with the LSD version.