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Kia Soul

#7 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 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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MINI Cooper

#19 in Affordable Small Cars

The all-new 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop has nimble handling that makes it a lot of fun to drive, as well as a classy cabin, test drivers say, but rivals offer more passenger and ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.6
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MINI Cooper Clubman

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman is brimming with character and delivers a fun ride with room for four, reviewers say. However, many rivals are cheaper, have more cargo space and friendlier tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#11 in Upscale Small Cars

Reviewers say that agile handling and unique interior styling make the 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman a fun choice, but its harsh ride and small cargo area limit its appeal. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.2
Safety:N/A
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Mitsubishi Lancer

#38 in Affordable Small Cars

Though its higher trims are racetrack-ready, class rivals surpass the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer with more cargo space, better fuel economy and more refined interiors, critics say. Read full review»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
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Nissan Leaf

#8 in Upscale 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:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.0
Reliability: NA
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Scion tC

#32 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Scion tC offers good cabin space, sporty looks and high-tech audio at a nice price, but automotive critics say rival coupes are more fun to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
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Subaru Impreza

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive journalists love the 2014 Subaru Impreza’s roomy cabin and standard all-wheel drive, but also wish it had a bit more power on the highway. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.6
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Subaru WRX

#3 in Upscale 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:8.4
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Toyota Corolla

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

After a complete overhaul, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Corolla still caters to those who value simplicity and dependability over sporty handling and flashy looks. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.2
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Toyota Prius c

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Toyota Prius c offers class-leading fuel economy and reviewers praise its roomy cabin and low base price, but say rival cars offer sportier handling and a more comfortable ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.3
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  • MSRP: $20,295 - $34,895
  • MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy

Volkswagen Beetle

#31 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle provides a distinctive blend of nostalgia and performance, though some rivals offer better fuel economy and a lower base price. Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.8
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Volkswagen Golf

#1 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:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Volkswagen GTI

#1 in Upscale Small Cars

Reviewers say the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen GTI offers curve-hugging thrills, a potent powertrain and a roomy cargo hold.  Read full review»

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Overall:9.3
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:9.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Volkswagen Jetta

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Automotive journalists are pleased with the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta’s spacious cabin and new turbocharged engine, but they say the base model lags behind rivals with poor fuel economy and a spartan interior.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.8
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  • MSRP: $25,560 - $31,895
  • MPG: 42 (Est) City / 48 (Est) Hwy

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

#18 in Affordable Small Cars

Other hybrids may be cheaper, but the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid’s peppy turbocharged engine and sporty handling make it worth consideration for spirited drivers, test drivers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.8
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