Maybe look at the VW Golf, or for a couple K more you could get a GTI. If you can wait about a year the new Golf is coming out, which was already named World Car of the Year. Alternatively, you could use that as a chance to try and grab the outgoing model cheap. The Mazda 3 redesign is next year too if that's all that's holding you back. Look to the Mazda 6 for an idea of the Kodo style. I think it looks really good. Honda Fit is fun too.