1. Ford Fiesta ST
With a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm, what’s not to love? While some might frown at the idea of having a front-wheel drive performance car, the Fiesta ST promises to be what the Civic Si can’t: turbocharged right from the factory.
Ford is already struggling to keep its Focus ST on the shelves, and that car has a higher MSRP. The Fiesta ST doesn’t have as much power, but then again it’s also much lighter.
Sold exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, even a fool can tell that Ford has the young performance market pegged like a Navy Seal sniper.