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Kia Soul

#6 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers say that the redesigned 2014 Kia Soul delivers spunk, space and oodles of features at a low price point, though it lacks the refined handling of some of its rivals. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
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Mazda Mazda2

#22 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive reviewers say the 2014 Mazda Mazda2 is a sprightly car that’s fun to drive, but it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more tech features, roomier interiors and more powerful engines. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.2
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Mazda Mazda3

#3 in Affordable Small Cars

With a powerful engine, upscale cabin and sporty handling, the redesigned 2014 Mazda Mazda3 competes with cars at much higher price points, test drivers say. The Mazda3 won our 2014 Best Compact Car for ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
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MINI Cooper

#20 in Affordable Small Cars

The all-new 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop has nimble handling that makes it a lot of fun to drive, as well as a classy cabin, test drivers say, but rivals offer more passenger and ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.6
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Mitsubishi Lancer

#38 in Affordable Small Cars

Though its higher trims are racetrack-ready, class rivals surpass the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer with more cargo space, better fuel economy and more refined interiors, critics say. Read full review»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
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Mitsubishi Mirage

#40 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive journalists say the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has some practical appeal because of its low price and long warranty, but rivals have better handling, more power and a lot more style. Read full review»

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Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.2
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

#20 in Affordable Compact SUVs

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets good fuel economy for the class, and auto writers like its roomy seats. However, they’re disappointed with its poor performance and uninspiring interior design.  Read full review»

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Overall:6.7
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.8
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Nissan Cube

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say the 2014 Nissan Cube offers a comfortable ride and a roomy cabin, and is easy to maneuver in tight spaces, but its unique interior styling isn’t for everyone and rival ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
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Nissan Frontier

#5 in Compact Pickup Trucks

Test drivers say the 2014 Nissan Frontier offers a comfortable ride and a powerful V6 engine option, though some competing crew cab trucks offer more back-seat passenger space. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.9
Interior:6.7
Safety:9.3
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Nissan Juke

#14 in Affordable Compact SUVs

The Nissan Juke turns heads with its unique styling and sporty dynamics, but rival crossovers offer roomier cabins and more cargo space, critics say.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.1
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Nissan Sentra

#34 in Affordable Small Cars

Though test drivers say the 2014 Nissan Sentra has a roomy back seat and plenty of cargo space, it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more powerful engines and snappier handling. Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
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Nissan Versa

#38 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2015 Nissan Versa offers a roomy cabin and good gas mileage at a rock-bottom price, but they dislike its no-frills interior and lackluster performance. Read full review»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.1
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Scion iQ

#37 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive writers say the 2014 Scion iQ sips gas and is a cinch to park, but rival cars are cheaper, more spacious and more refined. Read full review»

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

#32 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers think the 2015 Scion tC is appealing as an affordable coupe with ample cabin space, but that rival coupes offer better performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
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Scion xB

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Scion xB has a roomy cabin, lots of cargo space and a tempting price, auto writers say, but its lackluster fuel economy makes rival cars more appealing. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.7
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Scion xD

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say the 2014 Scion xD is a peppy commuter car with a nice price, but rivals offer better fuel economy, roomier cabins and sportier handling. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.0
Safety:10.0
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Subaru Impreza

#10 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive journalists love the 2014 Subaru Impreza’s roomy cabin and standard all-wheel drive, but also wish it had a bit more power on the highway. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.6
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  • MSRP: $16,800 - $21,300
  • MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy

Toyota Corolla

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

After a complete overhaul, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Corolla still caters to those who value simplicity and dependability over sporty handling and flashy looks. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.2
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Toyota Prius c

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Toyota Prius c offers class-leading fuel economy and reviewers praise its roomy cabin and low base price, but say rival cars offer sportier handling and a more comfortable ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.3
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  • MSRP: $18,125 - $28,385
  • MPG: 21 City / 25 Hwy

Toyota Tacoma

#3 in Compact Pickup Trucks

Test drivers praise the 2014 Toyota Tacoma for its straightforward cabin design, spacious Double Cab seating and tidy dimensions, which make it more maneuverable than a full-size truck. Because it has the best combination ... Read full review»

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U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:8.1
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