Japanese cars have long been the epitome of reliability and trustworthiness, with a couple of hiccups here and there (Nissan Pulsar NX, Toyota Paseo). However, they haven’t always been beautiful to look at, unless you’re talking about the original Acura NSX or the Datsun 280ZX. Things have changed with the current generation of Japanese cars, which boast great design and more personality than ever, along with driving dynamics that can rival (and even best) the Germans in some cases. Their bombproof reliability hasn’t been altered through the generations, either. Here are the ten best rising cars from the land of the rising sun.

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