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Best Import Cars Of All Time

Updated on May 18, 2009

10. NSX

The Honda NSX (branded as the Acura NSX in North America and Hong Kong) was a sports car produced between 1990 and 2005 by the Japanese automaker Honda. It used a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and was powered by an all-aluminum V6 gasoline
The Honda NSX (branded as the Acura NSX in North America and Hong Kong) was a sports car produced between 1990 and 2005 by the Japanese automaker Honda. It used a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and was powered by an all-aluminum V6 gasoline

9. Miata

The Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata (pronounced /miːˈɑːɾə/) in North America and Roadster (pronounced [ɺ̠oːdosɯtaː]) in Japan, is a two-seater roadster sports car built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan – introduced in 1989 and now in its third generation
The Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata (pronounced /miːˈɑːɾə/) in North America and Roadster (pronounced [ɺ̠oːdosɯtaː]) in Japan, is a two-seater roadster sports car built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan – introduced in 1989 and now in its third generation

8. S2000

The Honda S2000 is a roadster manufactured by the Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. It was launched in April 1999 and was created to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.
The Honda S2000 is a roadster manufactured by the Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. It was launched in April 1999 and was created to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

7. 240sx

The Nissan 240SX was a car introduced to the North American market by Nissan in 1989. It replaced the 200SX (RWD) in 1989. The 240SX was equipped with a 2.4-litre inline 4 engine, rear wheel drive. (KA24E from 1989–1990 and KA24DE from 1991–1998). Tw
The Nissan 240SX was a car introduced to the North American market by Nissan in 1989. It replaced the 200SX (RWD) in 1989. The 240SX was equipped with a 2.4-litre inline 4 engine, rear wheel drive. (KA24E from 1989–1990 and KA24DE from 1991–1998). Tw

6. RX-7

The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car produced by the Japanese automaker Mazda from 1978 to 2002. The original RX-7 featured a 1146cc twin-rotor Wankel rotary engine and a sporty front-midship, rear-wheel drive layout.
The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car produced by the Japanese automaker Mazda from 1978 to 2002. The original RX-7 featured a 1146cc twin-rotor Wankel rotary engine and a sporty front-midship, rear-wheel drive layout.

5. Corolla GT-S

The Toyota Corolla GT-S is now a classic, a highly tossable, fun-to-drive vehicle that has attracted a cult following of "drifters" who slide their vehicles through corners as a motorsport form in Japan.
The Toyota Corolla GT-S is now a classic, a highly tossable, fun-to-drive vehicle that has attracted a cult following of "drifters" who slide their vehicles through corners as a motorsport form in Japan.

4. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, colloquially known as the Lancer Evo or Evo, is a car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. There have been ten official versions to date, and the designation of each model is most commonly a roman numeral. All of them s
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, colloquially known as the Lancer Evo or Evo, is a car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. There have been ten official versions to date, and the designation of each model is most commonly a roman numeral. All of them s

3. WRX STi

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru Impreza compact car line, produced by Japanese automaker Subaru.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru Impreza compact car line, produced by Japanese automaker Subaru.

2. Supra

An iconic sports car, the Supra has appeared in numerous video games, movies, music videos and TV shows.
An iconic sports car, the Supra has appeared in numerous video games, movies, music videos and TV shows.

1. GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is a sports car created by Nissan, released in Japan on 6 December 2007, and the United States July 7, 2008. The Nissan GT-R is powered by the VR38DETT engine, a 3.8L DOHC V6 producing 480hp.
The Nissan GT-R is a sports car created by Nissan, released in Japan on 6 December 2007, and the United States July 7, 2008. The Nissan GT-R is powered by the VR38DETT engine, a 3.8L DOHC V6 producing 480hp.

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      Pimpmaster flex 

      6 years ago

      yeah 300zx tt won more awards then i can think of

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      charlieee 

      6 years ago

      as always there are many opinions and that is what makes this world great

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      The Drifter 

      6 years ago

      in some ways i agree with dyno... but to believe any of those cars he listed out performs the supra or the GT-R is an outrage to anyone passionate about cars... especially when you realize the GT-R dates back farther then this article posts as the skyline and skyline GT-R

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      Car Donations 

      7 years ago

      Good list. I am glad I see the rx-7 on there. It is too bad the Rx-8 was a step in the wrong direction for Mazda.

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      gtrvr4 

      8 years ago

      this is plain wrong...where are these cars 300zx, 3000gt, mr2??,,these are top dogs actually five of them, 3000gt, 300zx, nsx, mr2, supra

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      dcasas 

      8 years ago

      I agree with dyno here, the nsx definitely shouldn't be placed so low. Its mid-engine RWD layout make it a supercar of its time and it out perform plenty of these other cars on the list. However I did enjoy reading this hub a lot! All great cars that I would love to own at one point or another in my life.

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      Dyno 

      8 years ago

      "The best Import car of all time" is a pretty vague question.

      I don't really get what this list is based on. Part of it looks like performance factor, but then the Miata wouldn't have ranked higher then the NSX. So this list is just random and really bias. The rules to say how good an import car is is always a balance of price, performance stock and potential,and reliability. In that regards My Personal list would look more like...

      10. Nissan GTR

      9. NSX

      8. Lancer Evo

      7. WRX STI

      6. Supra

      5. RX-7

      4. Honda Civic

      3. 240sx

      2. MR2 Turbo (91-98)

      1. Eclipse GSX

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      Paul 

      8 years ago

      Hands down for the Skyline GTR or "Nissan GTR" in this case to be the greatest of all time!!!.

      Yet, I cant believe they forgot the ever popular cult classic Honda Integra TYPE-R

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      kennethyou 

      8 years ago

      WRX should be no. 2, not no. 3. ;p

      I agree GTR is the best import car of all time... it's not the fastest, but has the balance of comfort and performance. You get both world at price lower than most super car (and GTR is not even considered as one)

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      glassvisage 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Well, these are the times that I realize I don't know anything about cars :( These are beautiful, though... They almost don't look real!

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