1. Mazdaspeed3 $24,000
When a car is equipped with Y-rated tires, like the 2012 Mazdaspeed3 is, it means serious business. Of course, the Mazdaspeed3’s tires will not experience their speed rating of 186 mph, thanks to an electronic limitation at 155 mph. Even with the limitation, the ‘speed3 is a track ready car right off the lot. A turbocharged 2.3L engine puts out 263-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and a special torque-sensing conical limited-slip differential helps get all the power to the front-wheels.
Mazdaspeed products always feature functional exterior touches, like the hood-scoop on the ‘speed3, which helps with the turbo’s intercooler. The Mazdaspeed3 is also the most affordable choices on this list with a price starting at $24,000.
Our review of the Mazdaspeed3 is a pretty telling story of how impressive the little Mazda is, so be sure to check it out.