2014 Ford Focus
MSRP: $16,605 Again, a car doesn't have to be the best ever made to be named "best" in its category. It just has to be better than its peers. The combined 32 miles per gallon of the standard model, the cooler perks including Microsoft's ( MSFT) Sync system, its bevy of available apps, touchscreens, parking assist and other technology and the high-quality material in the cabin separate it from the small-sedan pack. The big-ticket options including heated leather seats, an all-electric model and a sport-tuned ST make the Focus far more exciting than its value-focused competitors.