Nominated by: Matt (BBC Autos)
Why it's a steal: The i3 is among the most hard-to-define cars on the market, and it’s kinda great. It’s quick off the line, but it’s not a performance car. It’s a BMW, but it’s not a luxury car. It’s supremely environmentally friendly, but it’s also fun to drive. The astute among you will notice its price is above this category's $40,000 limit, but the i3 qualifies for a $7,500 income-tax credit, hence the inclusion.
Chevrolet Malibu, Sharon (Yahoo Autos)
Chevrolet Camaro SS, Aaron (Thrillist)
BMW 3 Series, Bob (R&T)