8. 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
It looked like a Chevrolet Caprice that was the police car and cab of choice for much of the mid-’90s. But the exterior is where this sedan’s similarities to its low-rent sibling ended. The Impala’s 5.7-liter, 280-horsepower V8 engine was a Corvette engine in a rear-wheel-drive sedan’s body. Oh, and all of those toys that police departments got in their Caprice packages, including the suspension and wide, sticky tires? Those were standard on the SS.
7. 1993-1996 Mazda RX-7
In the mid-90s, tuners had a few choices: They could drop more than $30,000 on a Toyota Supra, Nissan 300ZX or Mitsubishi 3000GT and get more than 300 horsepower, or they could spend far less on the third-generation RX-7 and its 255-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 1.3-liter rotary engine. This smaller, lighter sports car won a whole lot of hearts, but it took even more heats.