5. Honda/Acura NSX
Honda planned this model for a long while. The basic idea was to introduce a sports car with the technology, performance, power, and design of a supercar. To say that Honda succeeded in that would be an understatement. The NSX was all-around brilliant. Basically, buyers got Ferrari performance and looks for supermarket prices along with Honda’s signature reliability and low maintenance costs.
The heart of the NSX was a 3.0-liter V6 with 274 hp and later, a 3.2-liter V6 with 290 hp. Since the car was light, its 0 to 60 mph time was five seconds and its top speed was over 170 mph. The introduction of the NSX stunned competitors and the car market. Nobody expected such a bold move from such a complete car. The NSX was not only capable but also extremely balanced thanks to its mid-engined layout and clever engineering.