The Fast and the Furious is undoubtedly one of the most iconic films in automotive film history, and the franchise it spawned led an entire generation to discover the wonders of the tuner car world. Throughout the course of the first film, a plethora of iconic cars are showcased and raced by the characters, all of which have their own unique characteristics and have become synonymous with the film itself.
Aside from this, each is vastly different in terms of robustness and reliability, leaving a vast array of durable and not so durable rides. Here are the ten iconic vehicles associated with the movie, ranked by their durability.
10 Ferrari F355 Spider
A minor vehicle in the scheme of the overall film, but necessary to introducing the characters, the Ferarri F355 Spyder is the vehicle that Brian O'Conner and Dominic Toretto pull up next to at a light during their test drive of the Toyota Supra. When Brian compliments the driver's car, he asked how much the retail for the car ran. The man responded that the car was a Ferrari and more than Brian could afford, leading Brian to then beat him in a race. The F355, despite being expensive and fast, is the least reliable vehicle showcased in the film, being that it is a specialty made exotic, and therefore receives the position it is in on this list.
9 1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning is the shop truck Brian O'Conner drives while working at a parts shop at the beginning of the film. Another minor car in terms of the overall film, but iconic in that it was the vehicle Brian was driving in his first sociable interactions with Toretto's gang, outside of a racing environment. The Lightning, however, is also not a notoriously reliable vehicle, and later models with forced induction can most definitely run into issues.
8 1993 Mazda RX-7
Dominic Toretto manned the Mazda RX-7 in his first race against Brian O'Conner, who opposed him in the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The RX-7 in the film sported a twin turbo setup with a rotary engine, and in the application of the film, was able to accelerate way quicker than actual factory RX-7's could. However, the RX-7 still is a rotary engine vehicle, and a piston-less engine is a novel idea but comes with its own set of issues that knocks it seriously down in terms of reliability.
7 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is the vehicle that Brian O'Conner drives in his race against Dominic Toretto. He practiced street racing in the Eclipse at the parking lot of Dodger Stadium but wasn't able to keep the car from consistently spinning out of control. With these complications aside, Brian ended up participating in the street race to win the favor of Dominic Toretto. His participation in the race, of course, came with his flagrant overexertion of the car's NOS, leaving the intake manifold to virtually melt mid-race. Although this problem rendered the movie car useless, the Mitsubishi Eclipse itself is a solid, reliable import car that can still be seen on the roads today.
6 1994 Toyota Supra MK IV
The iconic Supra MK IV is the car driven by Brian O'Conner in the first F&F film that came to define him. The legendary JZ engine configuration in the Supra made it an absolute beast on the streets, and O'Conner most certainly used that to his advantage in the film.
Despite being done up in the loudest color scheme possible, the real strength of the car comes from its engine, which is one of the most legendary Japanese engines in the history of automotive design.
5 2000 Honda S2000
The S2000 was driven by Johnny Tran in the film and occupies a major role in the story. The car first appears in Johnny's garage, where Dominic noticed that the car at the time lacked an engine. Later in the film during Race Wars, Johnny wagered the pink slip of the Honda against Jesse to try to claim his Volkswagen Jetta. Brian guessed at the time that the S2000 must have a solid $100,000 worth of aftermarket parts under the hood while he tried to get Jesse to back down from the race. The S2000 inevitably was able to beat Jesse's Jetta with the use of NOS.
4 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33
Although a minor car in terms of the film itself, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 is a major car in terms of automotive history. Iconic in its own right, the car was driven in the film by Leon, who took it to Toretto's cafe as well as doing reconnaissance from it later in the film. The engine in the GT-R, like the Supra, is legendarily reliable and wickedly fast.
3 1999 Nissan Maxima
The 1999 Nissan Maxima was driven by Vince in the first film and then ceased to appear in any film after that. Although not much is known about the car after that first film, it still stood out for its bright blue paint job and body kit parked sweetly at the foot of the Toretto household.
Being a Nissan, it is a standout vehicle in terms of reliability and would most likely stand up to one of the hardest beatings out of any of the vehicles listed here.
2 1993 Honda Civic EJ1
The Civics of the film occupy a special role as they are the introductory cars to the Toretto gang. A group of black early 90's Civics with under glow commandeered by the gang sliding effortlessly under trucks and weaving thanks to a bountiful amount of upgrades to the reputedly reliable engine in the Civic. Given the fact that cared for examples can still run today, they most certainly stand the test of time and exemplify durability.
1 1994 Acura Integra
The Acura Integra, like its Civic counterpart, is ridiculously reliable. Driven by Edwin and loaded with aftermarket parts, the 1994 example in the film is what happens when you fully retrofit the Integra, however it isn't necessary. Hailed today as one of the purest Japanese driving cars of the late 20th and early 21st century, the Integra is a light perfectly balanced vehicle with a buttery transmission and the capability to handle so much more than what it was initially prescribed at the factory. It occupies the number one spot on the list due to this reliability, ruggedness, durability under all circumstances, and time-transcendent looks