Hyundai Veloster N
3-door, 5-seat, sporty compact hatchback. Front-wheel drive. PRICE: $34,999 ENGINE: 2.0-litre inline four cylinder, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, variable valve timing, direct injection, turbocharged. COMPETITORS: Honda Civic Type R; Volkswagen Golf R; not much else.
WHAT’S HOT: Strong performance; thousands cheaper than anything remotely close.
WHAT’S NOT: Exterior styling may be challenging for some; single rear door will take some explaining.
WHAT’S INTERESTING: Probably the best dualpurpose road/track car you can reasonably afford.