Your generation is different than mine. In the mid 90ís people bought Hondas and that class of car. Kids like you today are more balanced because the offerings of new domestics and imports are different and there are a lot better made domestics out there to pick from. But in my day, the imports were generations ahead of domestics.
Compare apples to apples in price.
The simple fact that if you have money, you can take just about any car and make it fast over stock period. There are simply better platforms to make it happen. For example in my auto enthusiast world, you would never.. ever.. pick a FWD car for any kind of performance with the exceptions of a few gems like say a 99 Integra Type R.