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Mazda Mazda3

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

With terrific handling, a high-quality interior and strong engine options, reviewers say the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 is a top choice among compact cars. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#30 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Mini Paceman has nimble handling and strong engine options, according to reviewers, but they think the base engine isn’t very powerful, and that the Paceman has a harsh ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.0
Safety:N/A
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Mitsubishi Lancer

#40 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers agree that although the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has nimble handling, it stumbles with low-rent cabin materials and a noisy ride. Read full review»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
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Nissan Leaf

#22 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:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
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Scion tC

#34 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:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
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Subaru Impreza

#17 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:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
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Subaru WRX

#6 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
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Toyota Corolla

#22 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:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.4
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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
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Volkswagen Beetle

#32 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:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
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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:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
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Volkswagen Jetta

#17 in Affordable Small Cars

While some say its tech features could be improved, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta pleases reviewers with a spacious cabin and a range of responsive engine choices.  Read full review»

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