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 |  Aug 02 2013, 10:32 AM

9. Mazdaspeed3

2013-mazdaspeed3

Sit behind the wheel in a Mazdaspeed3 and you’ll be in for a treat. In many ways, things don’t get much better than this for someone in the market to buy a new hot hatch. It’s mechanical limited-slip differential makes fast cornering a lot of fun, and it has the sort of personality the term “hot hatch” implies.

2013 Ford Focus ST VS 2013 Mazdaspeed3: Video

The 2.3-liter four cylinder in Mazda’s turbocharged street machine makes 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. At $24,995, it’s a real bargain too. Still, some people would say you’re better off steering clear of something as aggressive as this.

Loose hands and a lead foot can quickly take you from fun to frightening when the turbocharger’s torque kicks in.

  • Ag3nt007

    Such a biased list, where’s the Genesis Coupe?

  • Honest Abe

    You mean where is the car with one of the worst manual transmissions you can buy?

  • Simon J

    The Veloster Turbo should be here too! What an awesome car!!!

  • Zane

    Long live the Fairlady!

  • red318is

    That is a MINI Cooper Convertible pictured not a Roadster. The Roadster doesn’t have backseats.

  • rebelyell22

    FWD and sloooooooow

  • Joe

    Lol. But the Mini Cooper S is alright for you rebelyell22?

  • reaj

    Genesis coupe should certainly be on this list. Best looking car under 30k and Awesome turbo with easy mods avail to put it over 300 whp 330 wtq

  • reaj

    Also the mini and the fiat are straight ridiculous cars for a man. And the 370z should be on this list at all. Go try to find one at the dealership for less then 30k that is bull and it won’t happen.

  • Mike

    I love the 370z, but saying you can get it under $30k isn’t very realistic. Also, it should be a sin to put a Fiat above the BRZ/FR-S

  • Alfie

    It’s just technically priced at under $30k, meaning it IS possible to get one for that… well… before deliver. So no, it’s not possible.

  • Robby G

    I think the Genesis is more of a chick car than the MINI or Fiat. Every time I see one there’s a girl driving it.

  • yapehrh

    Mini Roadster looks really nice. Neighbors have mulitple minis. Problem is you can tell its them, seconds after they start the car not even looking out the window. Also, the 28k base price for a decent build with the S is just asking to go over 30K. I simply hate when that happens and the monthly payment spikes because of it.

  • Gordon Murray

    McLaren F1!!

  • Gordon Murray

    You can buy an F1 for just $20,000-$25,000.

  • Viva_Astronzo

    Get in one with a 6 speed sometime.

  • Viva_Astronzo

    You just have to know how to use it.