6. Honda Civic Type R – $33,200
The latest addition to the powerful four-cylinder car club is the fifth generation Honda Civic Type R. The new performance Civic looks like every racer’s dream with numerous spoilers, scoops and air vents all over the body. The aggressive design, great performance and JDM appeal make this Civic a valuable, desirable addition to the hot hatch class.
Honda has always resisted the temptation to turbocharge its performance engines, but the Civic Type R has exactly that under the hood, like other competitors in its class. The 2.0-liter turbo four delivers 306 HP and can propel the Civic Type R to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, topping 170 mph. The acceleration times are somewhat slower than its competitors.
The reason is that the Civic is a front-wheel drive and not AWD as most other models in class. On the other hand, the absence of that heavy all-wheel-drive hardware makes the Civic Type R a light, nimble car that hardcore performance driving enthusiasts will appreciate.