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Third Place: 2007 MazdaSpeed 3 (12.0 lb/hp)When the engineers program the engine computer to reduce power output in a car's first three gears, you know it has too much power for its own good. The 263-hp, 3153-lb MazdaSpeed 3 is a fast little car - but driving it hard, your hands had better be even quicker. See, because of its massive torque steer, the MS3 darts in every direction but forward as it scrambles for traction. Most of us really like this little car, but I bet we'd love it if it had a little less power.

Fourth Place: 2007 Acura TL (12.8 lb/hp)One of the most amusing autocross runs I ever witnessed was in an Acura TL. The crowd was roaring with laughter, because the TL literally spun its front tires every single second that it wasn't under braking. The stunningly beautiful TL looks on paper to be a worthy contender to its rear-drive competition, but that impression goes up in a cloud of tire smoke when you push it. 286 horsepower is just too much for a front-driver, even if it's saddled with 3674 pounds of well-engineered Honda parts.

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