8. 2013 Acura ILX
It might be based on the new Honda Civic, but you’d never know it. After killing off the RSX years ago Acura is back in the premium compact game with the all-new ILX. A smart-looking sedan, it will be available in several flavors, including a budget-minded 2.0-liter 150 hp model, a efficiency-minded 35/38 mpg hybrid model and a performance-focused 201 hp model, borrowing the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder from the Civic Si.