The Ford Fiesta's base 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with its 120 horsepower is a muscle car compared to the other vehicles on this list. However, compared to its direct competitors like the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio, it's working at a slight power disadvantage.
To make the most out of the Fiesta's 120 horsepower, a five-speed manual transmission is standard, letting you run it all the way to redline when you really need to get going. Or you can solve the power problem by springing for the more powerful and altogether wonderful Fiesta ST.
An electric car is about torque, which the Fiat 500e has more than enough of to make it feel very quick off the line. It's a wonderful city car. But this is a low-horsepower list, which is why the electric Fiat finds itself here with its 111-hp rating.
The silent Kia Soul EV is a Roadshow favorite, but its 109-horsepower rating lands it on our list all the same. And that's OK, because its ample 210 pound-feet of torque and 93 miles of real-world range help make up for its horsepower deficiencies.
The EPA gives theKia Soul EV a fuel economy rating of 120 miles per gallon equivalent (mpg-e) city and 92 mpg-e highway. If an electric car isn't quite your style, then there's always the excellent gas-powered Soul.
The second Nissan on the list is the Leaf electric car, which comes to the table with 107 horsepower. However, a recent battery boost keeps this aging EV relevant with up to 107 miles of electric range on a single charge -- that's more than key rivals.
There are two transmission choices when it comes to routing all of the Yaris' 106 horsepower to the front wheels: a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. It would be wise to go with the manual for maximum entertainment.
The stylish Fiat 500 is available in a performance-oriented Abarth version with 160 horsepower, but the standard 500 doesn't get a turbo for its 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead, it's just naturally aspirated and pumps out only 101 ponies.
The only hybrid on our low-horsepower list, Toyota's Prius C works with a net horsepower output of 99 from its hybrid powertrain. Maybe now that the regular Prius has received some substantial updates, the Prius C will get some updates that include a power bump, too.
The new-generation Smart Fortwo is much improved with better transmissions and handling capabilities, but it still employs a small turbocharged three-cylinder engine, this one registering a scant 89 horsepower.
The second Mitsubishi entry on our low-horsepower new car list is the i-Miev. The full electric bubble has just 66 horsepower coming from its motor. However, there is a respectable 145 pound-feet of torque available to help it feel more powerful in the city.