4. Ford Focus ST
The Focus ST belongs on any enthusiast’s short list, combining a high fun-to-drive factor with the every-day versatility of a four-door hatchback. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque is standard, as is a six-speed manual gearbox. The ST shines on a winding road or track and actually offers decent fuel efficiency and value—as long as you avoid the pricey options. Torque steer, however, remains an issue, and the optional MyFord Touch is confusing.