2. 2012 Mini Cooper Hardtop
This is how you make Americans love a compact car: Give them some room to breathe, some power under the hood and some space to drive it. The Mini's 1.6-liter, 121-horsepower engine sounds a bit wimpy, but that's a lot of power pushing a car that's almost half the weight of a base-model Mustang. It's also one of the most efficient cars on the list, at a combined 33 miles per gallon.