Test driving is the only way you can find out what you’ll like. Forget the data. Find something with a good reliability record that leaves you with a smile on your face.
If you do enough reading in magazines like Top Gear, Octane, Road & Track, Motor Trend, etc., one thing you’ll eventulaly realize is that acceleration can be measured and compared but faster doesn;t mean more fun, or even more drivable. Lamborghinis are known to be brutally fast, but ergonomically horrible and almost impossible for the average person to drive. Ferrarri Enzos have the same reputation.
And with a 4 or 6 cylinder sedan, the tranny ratios, number of gears, vehicle weight, and even the rolling stock become a big factor in how well the vehicle accelerates. Realize too that horsepower and torque work in curves. An engine with max horsepower of 160 but a torque curve that keeps it accelerating throughout the RPM range cane accelerate much better than an engine with 200 hprsepower but a sag in the middle of the range and two fewer transmission gears.
Get a Consumer Reports New Car Preview ate th local bookstore, pick out soms that look interesting to you, and plan a weekend or two doing test drives.