1. 2012 Hyundai Veloster
Much like the Mini, the Veloster's a light little speedster whose 1.6-liter engine and 138 horsepower are more than adequate for its needs. Unlike the Mini, however, the Veloster's sleek little body is more sexy than cute and signals more sports car than subcompact. Hyundai's had a bit of trouble keeping them in stock recently, as evidenced by customers shelling out beyond the MSRP. Given the state of gas prices, the Veloster popularity is likely based more on its combined 34 miles per gallon than its looks.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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