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Mitsubishi Lancer

#27 in Affordable Compact Cars

Critics say the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer handles adeptly but that the interior is noisy and uses low-grade materials. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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Nissan Leaf

#11 in Affordable Compact Cars

The all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf earns reviewers' praise for its roomy interior and poised handling, though they wish it delivered more highway passing power. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 4_0
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Nissan Sentra

#22 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Nissan Sentra provides a spacious interior and good fuel efficiency, reviewers say, although they add that it lacks for power and isn't especially fun to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Scion tC

#20 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers praise the 2015 Scion tC for its affordable price and roomy cabin, though they note that rival coupes outperform the tC. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Subaru Impreza

#15 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Subaru Impreza fails to impress test drivers on the highway, but they praise the roomy seating and standard all-wheel drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_0
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Subaru WRX

#4 in Affordable Compact Cars

With a powerful engine, agile handing and standard all-wheel drive, critics report that the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is exceptionally fun to drive.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Toyota Corolla

#15 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Toyota Corolla handles everyday driving well and provides a spacious rear seat, critics say, but it is less enjoyable to drive than the competition. 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

#10 in Affordable Compact Cars

Test drivers laud the 2015 Toyota Prius for its spacious cabin and remarkable fuel economy but add that its performance is underwhelming thanks to dull handling and poor acceleration. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota Prius c

#8 in Affordable Subcompact 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:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota Prius Plug-In

#25 in Affordable Compact 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:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_5
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Volkswagen Beetle

#11 in Affordable Subcompact 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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U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_0
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Volkswagen Golf

#1 in Affordable Compact Cars

The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf delights test drivers with its high-end interior, agile handling and abundant cargo space. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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  • MSRP: $16,215 - $31,120
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

Volkswagen Jetta

#15 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta offers plenty of cabin space and several engine choices that perform well, reviewers say, but some find it lacking with respect to technology features. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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