2. Mazda Millenia
If you owned a Millenia in the early ‘90s, you had something special. As a remnant of Mazda’s plan to build a luxury brand, the car came with a higher level fit and finish than anything else in the product line.
The secret luxury bargain didn’t last very long, though. Mazda gave the car a facelift in 1997 and cost saving measures as well. For example, its aluminum hood was replaced with a steel version.
Production ended in 2002 without a direct successor. Instead, the Mazda6 filled the gap.
One of the few models on this list we actually miss, we’re more saddened by the fact the luxury division never got took off. Just think of how good a Mazda premium brand would be.