The Honda Civic Type R was a strong candidate for Performance Car of the Year last year

 and rightfully so. One of the best front-wheel-drive vehicles ever offered

it overachieves on the track, is a fantastic performance value, and has a back seat large 

A little softer, somewhat more opulent version of the same fundamental package, 

 the Acura Integra Type S addressed everything I didn't like about the Civic Type R

and by everything, I mean "both things." It still has the greatest shifter available for less than six figures