2. 2012 Hyundai Veloster
MSRP: $17,450

Aimed toward the same drivers who loved the Mini's deceptive quickness, 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 styling evokes more of a sports car than a retro subcompact. Hyundai's had a bit of trouble keeping them in stock recently, as evidenced by customers shelling out beyond the MSRP. Given the frugal nature of today's car buyer, the Veloster's popularity is likely based more on its combined 34 miles per gallon and 10-year warranty than its alloy wheels, touchscreen entertainment system or Blue Link telematics and roadside assistance.

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