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Acura ILX

#12 in Upscale Small Cars

Despite improvements to the 2016 Acura ILX's powertrain and cabin, reviewers agree that rivals offer better-quality interiors and more impressive performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Audi A3

#9 in Upscale Small Cars

The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 earns praise for its peppy turbocharged engines, sporty handling and long list of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Audi A4

#8 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Audi A4’s attractive interior, nimble handling and comfortable ride make it a favorite in its class among critics. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Audi A5

#4 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Audi A5’s complicated infotainment system frustrates some test drivers, but they say the A5 has poised handling and an eye-catching interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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BMW 2-Series

#3 in Upscale Small Cars

With its powerful engine options and excellent handling, the 2015 BMW 2-Series impresses automotive journalists as one of the most dynamic small cars on the market. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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BMW 3-Series

#4 in Upscale Small Cars

Reviewers find the 2015 BMW 3-Series' exceptional handling, potent acceleration and high-end comfort an ideal mix.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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Buick Verano

#6 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers praise the Buick Verano’s premium and near-silent cabin, but they say its base engine is underpowered and its handling isn’t as sporty as some rivals’. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Cadillac ATS

#4 in Upscale Small Cars

Automotive writers agree that the 2015 Cadillac ATS is among the best-handling cars in the class, regardless of whether you choose the sedan or all-new coupe. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Chevrolet Cruze

#6 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers like the pleasant ride, even handling, powerful available diesel engine and spacious trunk for the class that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze delivers.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Chevrolet Sonic

#15 in Affordable Small Cars

With a large rear seat, numerous available features and agile handling, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic earns reviewers' appreciation. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 2_5
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Chevrolet Spark

#29 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good choice for urban commuters who desire a contemporary cabin and low base price, but it lacks the power of other cars in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Chevrolet Volt

#15 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt disappoints reviewers with its undersized cargo area and cramped rear seats, but they like its strong electric powertrain. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Dodge Dart

#23 in Affordable Small Cars

Though some test drivers complain about the 2015 Dodge Dart's uncomfortable front seats and weak base engine, they appreciate its nimble handling and user-friendly tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_5
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FIAT 500

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

The base 2015 Fiat 500's lackluster engine and economical cabin materials fail to impress reviewers, but they are thrilled with the higher-trim 500 Abarth's exhilarating performance.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Fiesta

#12 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Ford Fiesta delivers agile handling and a first-rate cabin, but reviewers are dissatisfied with its perplexing tech features and cramped rear seats. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Focus

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Lively handling, first-rate interior materials and a sophisticated cabin are hallmarks of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus that win reviewers over. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Focus Electric

#26 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has an upscale interior and agile handling for an EV, but its confusing infotainment system and reduced cargo capacity may limit its appeal, according to test drivers. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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Honda Civic

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

An upscale and roomy interior, silky transmission and solid fuel economy win over critics and help the 2015 Honda Civic shine in a crowded segment. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Honda Civic Hybrid

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid has dull handling, sluggish acceleration and a small trunk, according to reviewers. However, they also note it has a spacious back seat and gets excellent fuel economy for ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Honda CR-Z

#26 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics say the 2015 Honda CR-Z is more agile than most hybrids, but note it seats only two people and the cabin could be more practical. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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