Fifth Place: 2005 Acura RSX Type-S
Acura has always been known for combining quality with performance, and the RSX Type-S delivers in both categories. But a lack of power in the lower rev range and the need for a styling update prevented the RSX Type-S from placing higher on our list. No doubt though, with 210 horses cranked from a 2.0-liter, i-VTEC four-cylinder engine coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, this car will get you smiling. And with a mileage rating of 23-mpg city and 31-mpg highway, the Acura RSX Type-S will keep that smile on your face between fill-ups. Though one of the pricier cars on our list at $24,240, the RSX, with its reputation for quality and high resale values, make it worth the extra cost.