#21 Volkswagen GTI
PRICE (BASE): $23,644
SPECS: 2.0L 200hp turbocharged inline four; MPG: 21 hwy/31 city
• The hot hatch king kept its crown last year as almost every car magazine placed it atop their "car of the year" lists. It's easy to see why. The turbocharged engine is high-revving and awesome while the DSG transmission gives you the best of both worlds—sporty and civilized. It's all brought together by the best exterior design the GTI has seen in ages. You just have to make sure your rim selection is on point to really make it sure it sits right.