What's the deal with the Focus RS? Well, by all outward appearances, it just looks like a normal run-of-the-mill five-door hatchback. But under the skin, it's the epitome of modern performance, with a ruthlessly efficient 2.3-liter engine pumping out 350hp, which then gets transferred to the ground via all four wheels and a set of super-soft tires that guys a generation ago would kill for.
If that sounds like it's not a fair fight, think about the price tag. The Focus RS costs just less than $36,000. On some of the cars you'll see below, that wouldn't even buy one wheel.