Best small car over $21,000: Volkswagen Beetle TDI
Top pick: Volkswagen Beetle TDI, $25,575
Saddle up a punchy diesel engine, make an elegant, functional interior, and the new VW Beetle TDI is in blast-off mode.
Diesel power rules. The Beetle TDI leaves the start line like the snap from a sling shot. 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque don’t tell the story of how this engine pulls with the determination of a Jack Russell terrier. But there’s no gnashing or banging with the power — the engine is smooth and quiet. Inside, the Beetle bucks the trend of electronic distraction: there are buttons, dials and not too many, but yet you have everything you need. Simple, sporty, solid.
-Sneaky-fast diesel power with fewer fill-ups
-Muscular body bits put bite in bug
-Headlight switch simplicity: they’re on or off
-Engine is quiet but you can make it growl
-Flat-bottomed steering wheel has great grip
-Painted body-colour inserts, flashy style
-Snuggable seats supportive, sporty, superior
Mazda3 Sport SkyActiv, $16,995
Get in and get going. Simple as that. Mazda3 combines a superbly functional interior with on road performance that is sure-footed and fun.
-Athletic on the road
-Tight, responsive, confident
-Logical layout unclutters the interior
Chevrolet Sonic LTZ, $14,155
The Sonic is lean and light, a hatch that celebrates simplicity. It feels young, but drives grownup. Load it up and let it rip.
-Low-slung, beefy hatch with attitude
-Peppy turbo sonic snappy to drive
-1,259 kg makes it tossable
Hyundai Elantra GT, $19,149
The Elantra GT combines zesty driving with features galore. Heated seats, rear-view camera, secret storage, music management. Endless amusement.
-Push-button selectable steering
-Comfort or sport: you choose
-Panoramic sunroof an observatory on wheels
Ford CMAX Hybrid, $27,199
Not a van, not an SUV, just a good choice to move people and things. The CMAX Hybrid is like a tall Ford Focus, and that’s a good thing. It’s multi-use and engaging to drive, you’ll want to take a trip!
-Good power mated with good mileage numbers
-Power liftgate and low floor makes loading easy
-Breathe easy: CMAX has an anti-allergic interior
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