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Chevrolet Cruze

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze delivers strong performance and a high-quality, roomy interior for a compact car. Reviewers also like its new fuel-efficient diesel engine option.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.2
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Chevrolet Sonic

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic’s smooth ride, spacious cabin and great handling make it a standout in the subcompact class, test drivers say.   Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.2
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Chevrolet Spark

#25 in Affordable Small Cars

Though rivals offer more power, reviewers say that the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious, attractive interior and a low starting price. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.0
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Dodge Dart

#18 in Affordable Small Cars

Most auto reviewers like the 2014 Dodge Dart’s sporty handling, user-friendly tech features and comfortable cabin, but they say rival compacts are faster and get better gas mileage. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
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FIAT 500

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Fiat 500 is undeniably chic and fun to drive, reviewers say, but its modestly powered base engine and cramped rear seats make rival subcompacts more attractive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.4
Safety:8.5
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Fiat 500L

#3 in Upscale Small Cars

Reviewers say that the all-new Fiat 500L combines ample cargo space, hip styling and user-friendly tech features, all at a competitive price point.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Ford Fiesta

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics say the 2014 Ford Fiesta excels where many subcompact cars fall flat with its nimble handling, great fuel economy and an impressive list of optional features. Because it has the best combination ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.0
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Ford Focus

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Nimble handling, good fuel economy and an upscale interior are just a few of the reasons why the 2014 Ford Focus ranks a notch above most other compact cars. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
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Honda Civic

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the Honda Civic’s smooth powertrain, strong resale value and wealth of standard features make it a solid contender in an increasingly crowded field. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
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Honda CR-Z

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say that while the 2014 Honda CR-Z is one of the sharpest-handling hybrids on the market, it’s far from a sports car and its two-seat interior makes it less practical than other ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.1
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Honda Fit

#3 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2013 Honda Fit offers cargo space and ample passenger  for such a small car, but critics wish it had a more powerful engine, more optional features and a quieter cabin. An above-average reliability ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.8
Safety:8.3
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Honda Insight

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

Though it costs less than other hybrids, the 2014 Honda Insight is outshined by rivals offering more features, better fuel economy and more refined powertrains. Read full review»

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Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.7
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Hyundai Accent

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Accent has a comfortable ride, an attractive interior and ample cargo space, but it doesn’t offer as many tech features as rivals. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.0
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Hyundai Elantra

#16 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers praise the 2014 Hyundai Elantra for its ample cargo space, generous amount of legroom and nimble handling. They also say its price and warranty make it a good value. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
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Hyundai Veloster

#32 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics say that the 2013 Hyundai Veloster looks sporty, but its performance is disappointing. A cramped rear seat keep the Veloster from being as practical as other cars in the class.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:N/A
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Kia Forte

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers recommend the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte, saying it is comfortable, has a spacious interior and trunk and has lots of easy-to-use tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.1
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Kia Rio

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

A peppy engine, roomy cabin and lots of available features make the 2014 Kia Rio a worthy competitor in a crowded field, reviewers say. It also has one of the longest warranties in ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:8.5
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Kia Soul

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers 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:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
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Mazda Mazda2

#25 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 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:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.2
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Mazda Mazda3

#1 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, reviewers say. The Mazda3 won our 2014 Best Compact Car for the ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
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