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Nissan Leaf

#13 in Affordable Small Cars

While some say it could use more highway passing power, the all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf pleases critics with a spacious cabin and controlled handling. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Nissan Sentra

#28 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Nissan Sentra's spacious cabin and good fuel economy make it a decent choice for everyday commuting, reviewers say, but it isn't very fun to drive and could use more power. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_0
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Scion tC

#26 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:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Subaru Impreza

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers like that the 2015 Subaru Impreza has standard all-wheel drive and spacious seating, but they say it could use more power at highway speeds. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_0
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Subaru WRX

#5 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is incredibly fun to drive thanks to its robust engine, nimble handling and standard all-wheel drive. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Toyota Corolla

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Toyota Corolla should satisfy if you’re looking for a commuter car with a spacious back seat, reviewers say, but many rivals are more fun to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_5
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Toyota Prius

#13 in Affordable Small Cars

The Toyota Prius is a dull performer, according to critics, with lethargic acceleration and bland handling, but they like its excellent fuel economy and spacious cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Toyota Prius c

#28 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Toyota Prius c gets outstanding fuel economy, but auto writers say it has sluggish highway acceleration and an uncomfortable ride on bumpy roads. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota Prius Plug-In

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in may get great fuel economy, but it has a shorter electric-only driving range than its plug-in hybrid rivals, and test drivers say it has lackluster handling. Read full review»

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Volkswagen Beetle

#28 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle has a stylish retro look, but many rivals offer better handling, higher fuel economy and more cargo space for a lower price, according to reviewers. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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Volkswagen Golf

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf wows the automotive press with agile handling, exceptional cargo space and remarkable interior quality.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Volkswagen Jetta

#19 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics like the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta's generous interior space and high-performing engine lineup, though some say its technology features could be better. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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