8: 2002 Subaru WRX
Known affectionately as the “bug eye”, the 2002 Subaru WRX is an unqualified value. The AWD design separates the WRX from the competition. The boxer engine is world-renowned for its quality and off-the-line performance. The reliability of this generation of the WRX is among the best in its class. Whether you buy the WRX to compete with a Z or you are simply an enthusiast, this car is as solid as it gets (via Auto Evolution).
Subaru has come a long way in design since the WRX hit the streets. But the 2002 model is among the most coveted by collectors. The interior is cheap, but the performance you get for the price is unparalleled. The WRX is by far one of the best competitors for the Nissan Z, especially for the inexpensive price.