Hyundai Elantra GT
- Price: $18,750
- Gas mileage: 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway
The most affordable of Bankrate's picks, Elantra might not pop into your head when mulling over fun-to-drive cars, but it may surprise you. It cruises effortlessly on the highway, yet it easily masters the twisties. To add to its performance credentials, Bankrate would pony up an additional $2,550 over the price listed here for the "style package" with sport-tuned suspension, leather seating, aluminum pedals, push-button start, and 17-inch tires and alloy wheels.
New for 2014 and more potent, the 173-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine hustles output through a six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels.
A chiseled exterior wrapper provides plenty of appeal for this four-door hatchback. Standard gear includes a six-speaker audio system with iPod interface and Bluetooth connectivity.