20: Mercury Cougar
Mercury was on the verge of obscurity by the dawn of the new millennium, and Ford execs were attempting to rebrand the company. The new Mercury was going to target young professional women, and the company first started this campaign with the Cougar. The “Cat Eye” Cougar as it was called was a departure from the outgoing model. The car was part of Ford’s New Edge design philosophy and featured a lot of sharp lines and curves.
Performance was naturally aspirated as the car wasn’t marketed as a hardcore performance car. Nevertheless, it received a fair amount of praise from the automotive press for natural handling and a comfortable interior. Sadly, the Cougar is a relic of the early 2000s and you don’t see very many of these models on the road anymore.