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Sporty car: Volkswagen GTI
Price: $23,465-$24,070
Mileage: 31 Hwy, 21 City

The GTI is an tuned-up version of the VW Golf hatchback. It's got a turbocharged 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine in place of the 170-horsepower five-cylinder engine in the standard Golf, as well as more performance-oriented suspension.

Consumer Reports calls the GTI "exhilarating to drive and easy live with."

NEXT: Small SUV: Subaru Forester

Last updated March 02 2010: 4:40 PM ET
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