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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. Test drivers also like its new fuel-efficient diesel engine option.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
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Chevrolet Sonic

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers say the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is quite nimble, and they like its spacious rear seat and generous list of available features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Spark

#30 in Affordable Small Cars

While it isn’t the most powerful car in the class, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good option for city commuters seeking a modern interior and a low base price, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Dodge Dart

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers like the 2015 Dodge Dart’s agile handling and easy-to-use tech features, but some take issue with its uncomfortable front seats and underpowered base engine. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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FIAT 500

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers write that the base Fiat 500 falls short with an underpowered engine and cheap interior materials, though they love the Fiat 500 Abarth’s thrilling performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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FIAT 500L

#6 in Upscale Small Cars

Test drivers 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:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Ford Fiesta

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

Though some are let down by its confusing tech features and small back seat, critics agree that the 2015 Ford Fiesta offers nimble driving dynamics and a high-quality interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:7.0
Reliability: NA
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Ford Focus

#7 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, test drivers say. 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

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say the 2014 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

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers 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 ... Read full review»

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

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

Abundant cargo space, a roomy back seat and a comfortable ride make the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit a standout among small hatchbacks, reviewers say. It also has superb fuel economy ratings. Read full review»

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Overall:9.1
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.5
Reliability: NA
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Honda Insight

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

Though it costs less than other hybrids, test drivers say 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:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.7
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Hyundai Accent

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers 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:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.0
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Hyundai Elantra

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

Though critics say the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers ample cargo space, good fuel economy and user-friendly tech features, some are let down by its sluggish base engine and jarring ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Veloster

#32 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a well-equipped cabin, good gas mileage and a composed ride, but may disappoint drivers who put a premium on performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
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Kia Forte

#7 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive journalists say the 2015 Kia Forte is a good value that offers comfortable seating, a roomy cabin and trunk as well as an abundance of tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: $13,900 - $18,090
  • MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy

Kia Rio

#7 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, test drivers say. It also has one of the longest warranties ... 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

#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

#21 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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