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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Sporty Compact Car

2015 Honda Civic Si

Best Sporty Compact Car:
2015 Honda Civic Si

For the entry-level enthusiast, the 2015 Honda Civic Si remains the gold standard in terms of performance bang for the buck, good looks and an affordable sticker that contributes to its class leading 5-year Cost to Own. Available in both coupe and sedan versions (the 4-door is only a $200 walk-up from the base MSRP of $22,890 excluding $820 destination), the Civic Si exhibits a more sporty flair thanks to the rear decklid spoiler and more aggressive front fascia.

Inside, the performance cues extend to the aluminum shifter with a leather-wrapped knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel and pedals trimmed in aluminum. Two-tone upholstery and sport instrumentation add to the performance looks. The dash features the standard Civic's two-tier instrumental panel layout with a center-mounted touch screen.

Aesthetics aside, the heart of the 2015 Civic Si is found beneath the hood where a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine cranks out 245 horsepower, which is delivered to the front wheels. To keep torque steer in check, the Civic Si also benefits from a limited-slip differential. Both the Si coupe and sedan come with only one transmission choice, a 6-speed manual.

Beyond spirited performance, the 2015 Civic offers a fairly long list of standard features such as a back-up camera, push-button start and the Honda-exclusive Lane Watch system that projects a view of the right side of the car when the right turn signal is activated. With its low cost to own, two bodystyles and plenty of power, the 2015 Honda Civic Si is not just an obvious but fun choice as well.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$35,716
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Ford Focus ST

2015 Ford Focus ST

Available only as a 5-door hatch, the Ford Focus ST offers 252 horsepower. This best-in-class output comes in a package that is both aggressive-looking and easy on the pocketbook.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,813
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo/R-Spec/RE:FLEX

2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo/R-Spec/RE:FLEX

If you can't decide between a 2- or 4-door with a hatch, why not settle on the Hyundai Veloster, which has three regular doors plus the liftgate? This 4-seater offers 201 turbo horsepower plus a 6-speed manual.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,850
as of December 31, 2014

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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