25. Toyota MR2
Back in the mid-1980s, Toyota shocked the automotive world by introducing the MR2. It’s a small mid-engine sports car with great performance, superb road holding, and an affordable price. But people have always considered Toyota to be a manufacturer of boring, economy models without any interesting cars for enthusiasts. However, the MR2 changed all that since it was different from other Toyota models. And it appealed to all fans of spirited driving and dynamic handling. They presented the first-generation MR2 in 1984. It featured 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines mounted centrally behind the driver and between the cabin and rear axle. This gave this little car great handling.
But the version you should look for is the 1.6-liter supercharged model Toyota called the SC, which is short for “supercharger.” It delivers 145 HP and 140 lb-ft of torque. But even though those power output figures don’t sound like a lot, the MR2 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just seven seconds, which is respectable. Also, the prices for well-preserved MR2s are still affordable and the MR2 is tons of fun to drive. So, if you’re looking for a small and nimble sports car from Japan with sublime handling, this is the model to do it.