Ford Fiesta ST

Ford introduced the potent Focus ST last year to great accolades from enthusiasts. The blue-oval brand is now following up that success by doubling the same recipe with its smallest hatch, the Fiesta. Ford has thus crammed a potent turbocharged engine, snug Recaro sport seats, tightened suspension bits, bigger and gummier tires, and all manner of metallic trim into a balanced package that's rumored to be the most fun small car on the market. [Base price: $21,400; ford.com]