The 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman is nearly without true rival on the American market, with its mixture of sport, design, and all-wheel-drive availability.
Nonetheless, some front-drive hatchbacks and Subaru's all-wheel-drive Impreza can offer much of the same features, if in more ordinary packaging.
The Ford Fiesta is even more compact than the Paceman in most respects, but it offers taut handling, its own take on quirky styling, and a premium feature set--but a more competitive price structure.
The Focus is even more price-competitive than the Fiesta, as well as roomier, and in gutsy Focus ST guise, even higher performance than the Paceman.
The Mazda3 fits in much the same mold as the Focus, including the fast-and-fun turbocharged Mazdaspeed3.
The Subaru Impreza is the only one of these alternatives to offer all-wheel drive, and while the new Impreza is restyled, it's somewhat more homely than any of the others--particularly in boy-racer WRX trim.
If the looks don't put you off, however, Subaru's all-wheel-drive Impreza and WRX can make strong value propositions for the cash-conscious buyer in need of foul-weather capability.
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