The Everyday Hero
2016 Volkswagen GTI
Honestly, you can’t run out of positive things to say about the Volkswagen GTI ($25,595), the hatchback that’s exceptional to drive and easy to own. With 210 turbocharged horsepower on tap, it’s not slow. Equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, it’s a joy on backroads. All of these statements also apply to VW’s super-GTI, the more expensive Golf R.
Also consider: Mini is proud of the fact that it offers a manual transmission across its entire lineup. The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Hardtop ($30,600) is a slick execution of the theme, although the manual transmissions in the non-JCW Minis are also top-rate.