The first time I drove the Honda HR-V, I knew it needed a more powerful engine. Equipped with Honda’s fantastic short-throw shifter and a decent all-wheel-drive system, something like 200 horsepower would work wonders on the small SUV. But 300? Now we’re talking about a serious hot SUV to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke Nismo RS, the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, and others.

- Jeff Perez