11: BMW Z3
You just can’t argue with BMW engineering. The Z3 is the hidden gem of the sports car segment. The design was top-notch at the time it hit the market. BMW has a long history of performance and racing heritage. This technology and development went into the Z3. The compact roadster took all the fun elements of the M-Series. Combined with a luxurious interior, the Z3 performs well (via Motor Trend).
The Z3 has a zippy engine and a refined suspension. The depreciation of the Z3 means you can get an excellent price on one. The reliability is well-received and there weren’t many recalls with this model. There is also a rare M-Series model of the Z3 that’s worth considering if you have a little extra to spend.