MAZDA3 SP25 2011-14
Mazda’s sporty hatch doesn’t have the looks, but it’s a sound choice. Pay $12,500-$28,500 MINI COOPER S 2011-14
Retro appeal in a modern package, never seems to grow old.
Pay $19,500-$31,500 VW POLO GTI 2011-14
Highly rated, goes hard and handles well, but be wary of DSG gearbox. Pay $11,500-$22,500