As a whole, today’s cars are safer, more reliable, and faster than they’ve ever been before. So while we may roll our eyes at Toyota’s latest attempt to make the Camry sporty, or Dodge’s latest performance trim for the Journey, the truth is some of the most boring cars on the road today could roast the Ferraris, Corvettes, and Porsche 911s of 25 years ago.
Of course, that doesn’t make today’s boring cars any less boring. There are still plenty of models that you could lose in a parking lot. In a world where the 1,500-horsepower barrier has been broken, self-driving cars are almost a reality, and EVs are earning a place alongside gas-powered models, it turns out that most people just want more of what they’re used to.
That’s what makes these cars so surprising. From everyday commuters to opulent dream machines, these models are likely to surprise and thrill you once you stomp the gas. Here are ten cars that are way faster than you’d expect them to be.
Buick hasn’t had a true performance car since the Grand National left showrooms 30 years ago. But it’s quietly keeping the flame alive with the Regal GS, a bold little sport sedan that can almost compete with some of the best Germany has to offer. The GS puts its 259 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque to good use, taking the car from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds, which complements its world-class handling. It may not set any speed records, and the six-speed manual transmission option unfortunately disappeared after 2016, but the quick and agile GS still makes for one lively commute.