3. Ford Focus RS
Four driver selected suspension settings, such as “Track” and “Drift,” are the number one choice for rally-driver wannabes. It is also a favorite for hatchback lovers who live for sporty, AWD vehicles with a firm suspension that hugs every crease in the road. Starting at $36,120, the Ford Focus RS comes standard with a 4-cylinder 2.3L EcoBoost engine and 350 HP.
This car doesn’t get the best reviews in regards to maintenance costs and everyday drivability. For one, the high performance tires wrapped around 19” wheels are more expensive to replace. Also, the rough drive caused by performance enhancing features make it less desirable to use as a daily commuter. All that being said, the Ford Focus RS outperformed the Subaru WRX, WRX STI, and VW Golf R. Plus, it’s on the lower end of the pricing spectrum for its class. The Ford Focus RS utilizes standard features such as:
- Aerodynamic design
- Partial leather RECARDO seats stamped with RS logo
- Sony 10 speaker audio system
- Aluminum pedals and shifter
The level of standard driving features is almost as advanced as the VW Golf R. If you need to stop collecting speeding tickets, like yesterday, this might not be the best car for you. While at slower speeds the Ford Focus RS tends to have a vibrating and jerky feel, it delivers a much better ride going twice the speed limit.