30: Mazda 626 Coupe
You don’t often think of Mazda when it comes to any sports car other than the RX-7. But during the eighties, the Mazda compact cars were also fun to drive. The 626 Coupe was especially impressive at a time when compact cars were quite generic. The huge interior volume made the car a pleasant driving experience, and the front-wheel-drive design was nimble. The car had that lightweight and fun to drive design that made Mazda a sales success with car shoppers.
These cars are fairly hard to come to buy nowadays but you can find a clean example. The Mazda 626 Coupe won’t win any beauty contests, but the car stands out from the crowded array of affordable eighties coupes. A great design and relatively easy maintenance make the 626 worth considering.