2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
I can not believe that VW can make a car with this much substance and performance and sell it profitably for the $15,500 I paid. This car has a similar driving dynamic to the BMW I used to own (that's a high compliment). You look at this car from the outside and think "nice little economy car" and you drive it and think "holy cow, this is a BMW hatchback."
Power. Handling. Interior design and comfort. Driving dynamics.
Better mpg (as an economy car, the Rabbit's mpg is not so great...as a small sport car it's quite good).