I agree on the mazda but no fucking way with the cobalt. The cobalt is just a rehash of the SRT 4 only under the chevy name.
since the chevy has a 2.0l ecotec engine and the srt4 is a 2.4l engine, how exactly is it a rehash? dodge and are gm different companies, they dont share parts. one could say the cobalt ss is a rehash of the gto's bland styling but thats about it.
A K Series motor with the same modifications the cobalt comes with would smoke the cobalt.
and a modified smart fortwo can smoke a ferrari. but we arent talking modified that would defeat the "for the money" notion. to make the money even, you can take the roughly $1200 savings of the civic si for modifications and the si would still barely keep up with the cobalt ss. the civic si does have a much nicer interior though.