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Mazda Mazda3

#1 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Mazda3 offers robust engines, engaging handling and an elegant interior, critics say, making it a top choice in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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Mitsubishi Lancer

#27 in Affordable Compact Cars

Critics say the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer handles adeptly but that the interior is noisy and uses low-grade materials. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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Mitsubishi Mirage

#17 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage offers excellent fuel economy, but reviewers dislike its noisy, underpowered engine, drab interior and shoddy handling. Read full review»

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Overall:6.0
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

#9 in Affordable Subcompact SUVs

Test drivers say the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport falls behind its rivals when it comes to interior styling and performance, though some say it rides smoothly. Read full review»

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Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Nissan Frontier

#4 in Compact Pickup Trucks

According to test drivers, the 2015 Nissan Frontier falls short of rivals that have a more spacious back seat, nicer cabin materials and a smoother ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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Nissan Sentra

#22 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Nissan Sentra provides a spacious interior and good fuel efficiency, reviewers say, although they add that it lacks for power and isn't especially fun to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Nissan Versa

#16 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Though it features a spartan interior and uninspiring performance, reviewers say the 2015 Nissan Versa offers good fuel economy and a roomy interior for an incredibly low price. Read full review»

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Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_0
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Scion iQ

#15 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Scion iQ may be easy to park and get excellent fuel economy, but its rivals cost less, are more spacious and a lot more fun to drive, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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Scion tC

#20 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers praise the 2015 Scion tC for its affordable price and roomy cabin, though they note that rival coupes outperform the tC. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Scion xB

#24 in Affordable Compact Cars

Critics say the 2015 Scion xB offers underwhelming fuel economy and lazy acceleration at higher speeds but add that it boasts a generous amount of cargo and passenger space. Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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Subaru Impreza

#15 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Subaru Impreza fails to impress test drivers on the highway, but they praise the roomy seating and standard all-wheel drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_0
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Toyota Corolla

#15 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Toyota Corolla handles everyday driving well and provides a spacious rear seat, critics say, but it is less enjoyable to drive than the competition. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_5
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Toyota Prius c

#8 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Toyota Prius c gets outstanding fuel economy, but auto writers say it has sluggish highway acceleration and an uncomfortable ride on bumpy roads. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota Yaris

#13 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Toyota Yaris is outperformed by similarly-priced rivals but still delivers decent fuel efficiency and a quality interior, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Volkswagen Golf

#1 in Affordable Compact Cars

The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf delights test drivers with its high-end interior, agile handling and abundant cargo space. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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  • MSRP: $16,215 - $31,120
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

Volkswagen Jetta

#15 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta offers plenty of cabin space and several engine choices that perform well, reviewers say, but some find it lacking with respect to technology features. Read full review»

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U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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