2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 New Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I've had a number of sports cars over the years, including Corvettes, M3s and others. This thing is in a class by itself in terms of the cost/benefit equation. For street driving, it will do 95% of what those other cars will do, and at half the price. It gives me a big smile each time I drive it, and think about how little money I paid for the performance I'm getting. Highly recommended.
Engine, handling, very reasonable fuel mileage (23 average)
Not much; get rid of the torque steer, but that's darn near physically impossible.