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 |  Jun 18 2013, 4:30 PM

8. Ford Escort

2000 Ford Escort-5

Didn’t expect to see a Ford here? Look closely and you’ll see a lot of the familiar Mazda Protégé sitting beneath the sheetmetal of that Ford.

In an era when domestic automakers couldn’t build a compact car any more than they could turn down a pay raise for unionized labor, the Ford took the “if you can’t beam ‘em join ‘em” approach. Or to be more precise, if you can’t beat ‘em, invest heavily in them and tell them what to do.

A followup to the Pinto (a car so bad it could literally kill you), the Escort was a solid product and a genuine rival to offerings from Honda and Toyota. To date, it’s the best selling Ford car of all time with 20 million units sold throughout the world.

  • Transpower

    Oh, come on. The RX-7 or RX-8 is the number one Mazda for sure….

  • ColumWood

    RX-8? No way. A great car… but for it’s time it was nowhere near the level of the RX-7.

  • Mark Yuri Stephens

    I agree with the Mazda 323 GTX. Could you imagine a Mazdaspeed 3 GTX? AWD? Damn….

  • Hermann

    No B Series?!

  • Kinetis

    The RX-7 was a great car, but it wasn’t a game changer. The Miata changed how the game was played in the small roadster class and dominates it to this day. When there are entire race series’ dedicated to the car and it holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular roadster ever, no question it is Mazda’s shining beacon.

  • UncleB

    Looking for an all electric.

  • Tommy samual

    I can’t see the 929 -1993 up models

  • Murta

    Where is the Cosmo ?