Nissan Juke

Consider this feisty hatch the "cute ute" evolved: Just as its exaggerated styling makes its competitors look staid, its punchy performance, courtesy of a 188-horsepower turbo 4, delivers more thrills. A new nISMo version features a bump of 10 horsepower, a stiffened suspension, and a revised exterior that brings a nearly 40 percent boost in downforce. [$18,990 (Juke)/$22,990 (NISMO Juke); nissanusa.com]