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Jeep Wrangler

#13 in Affordable Compact SUVs

While the 2015 Jeep Wrangler performs well off road, it has a rough ride and not many standard features, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:7.4
Reliability: 2_5
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Kia Forte

#8 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Kia Forte offers great value because of its abundant tech features, roomy trunk and cabin and comfortable seating, according to reviewers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Optima

#10 in Affordable Midsize Cars

The 2015 Kia Optima boasts potent engine options and quality features, but critics suggest checking out some class rivals before purchasing. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Optima Hybrid

#17 in Affordable Midsize Cars

The Kia Optima Hybrid falls behind its hybrid rivals with worse fuel economy and uneven power delivery, reviewers say, though they praise its luxurious, roomy interior. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Sorento

#4 in Affordable Midsize SUVs

The fully redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento is a great value in its class, auto writers say, and they like its agreeable ride and premium interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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Kia Soul

#4 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers praise the 2015 Kia Soul for its quality cabin materials and long list of standard and available features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Sportage

#9 in Affordable Compact SUVs

Thanks to its athletic handling and spirited optional turbocharged engine, the 2015 Kia Sportage is fun to drive, auto critics write, though some think it has a stiff ride and a smaller cargo ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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Mazda CX-5

#3 in Affordable Compact SUVs

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 earns great fuel economy, and reviewers say its nimble handling makes it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Mazda CX-9

#10 in Affordable Large SUVs

Though they're disappointed in its outdated infotainment system, test drivers praise the 2015 Mazda CX-9 for its athletic handling and potent V6 engine. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.5
Safety:7.2
Reliability: 2_5
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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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Mazda Mazda5

#4 in Minivans

The 2015 Mazda5's outstanding fuel economy and responsive handling earn critics' accolades, but its cargo space doesn't measure up to competitors.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.0
Safety:7.1
Reliability: 3_0
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Mazda Mazda6

#8 in Affordable Midsize Cars

The refreshed 2016 Mazda6 remains one of the best-handling, most fuel-efficient cars in its class, critics say, though it has a firmer, noisier ride than many rivals. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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MINI Cooper

#6 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Mini Cooper is especially fun to drive, according to critics, and it is now available in a four-door model featuring roomier rear seats and extra cargo space. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.5
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Coupe

#11 in Affordable Sports Cars

Reviewers find the 2015 Mini Coupe a joy to drive thanks to its nimble handling, but they say confusing interior controls and poor visibility diminish its practicality. Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:6.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#11 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Critics say the base engine in the 2015 Mini Paceman is underpowered and the car has a harsh ride, but they appreciate its nimble handling and powerful lineup of available engines.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Roadster

#9 in Affordable Sports Cars

Despite nimble handling and open-air fun, the 2015 Mini Roadster delivers a stiff ride, loud interior and perplexing cabin controls that take away from its appeal, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:8.6
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
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 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 370Z

#8 in Affordable Sports Cars

The 2016 Nissan 370Z has agile handling, a smooth ride and an engaging manual transmission, reviewers say, but many rivals are less expensive, roomier and get better gas mileage. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Nissan Altima

#3 in Affordable Midsize Cars

The 2015 Nissan Altima delivers excellent fuel efficiency, according to reviewers, and they note that its nimble handling adds to a more fun driving experience than a typical affordable midsize car offers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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