others to consider
FORD FOCUS XR5 2008-11
Ford’s hottie with turbo Volvo power is more refined than most but still a hot performer. Worth checking. 3.5 stars Pay $28,000-$31,700
VW GOLF GTI2009-11
VW picked up the baton when the original Mini left the scene and has been the benchmark since. Hard to beat but take the manual over the DSG. 3.5 stars Pay $33,000-$37,000.
SUBARU WRX 2009-11
Hard to toss for performance and it is all-wheel drive but a bit ho-hum now everyone’s got one. 3.5 stars Pay $32,000-$33,000