3. 2014 Mazda3
Voted AutoGuide.com‘s 2014 car of the year, the Mazda3 is a sporty, fuel-efficient car available in both two- and four-door form. Two powerplants are available for the Mazda3: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 hp or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 184 hp. Equipped with a manual transmission, the smaller engine is good for 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway (30 mpg city, 41 mpg highway with automatic) while the 2.5-liter with an automatic gets 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Mazda3 i SV four-door starts from $17,740.