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Acura ILX

#14 in Upscale Small Cars

Though the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX has a nicer cabin and an improved powertrain, it still can't match the performance or interior quality of its competitors, according to test drivers. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Buick Verano

#4 in Affordable Compact Cars

Critics find the 2015 Buick Verano's base engine lacking power and its handling less nimble than some competitors’, but they love its high-end and nearly silent interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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Chevrolet Cruze

#4 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze offers steady handling, a smooth ride, a roomy trunk for the class and a potent available diesel engine, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Chevrolet Sonic

#6 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Critics praise the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic for its athletic handling, spacious backseat and abundance of available features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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Chevrolet Spark

#10 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark will delight frequent city drivers, critics say, thanks to its low starting price and modern interior, although critics point out that many class rivals offer more power. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Dodge Dart

#18 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Dodge Dart earns reviewer praise for is easy-to-use tech features and agile handling, although some dislike the underpowered base engine and complain that the seats provide too little comfort. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_5
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FIAT 500

#13 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Critics find the 2015 Fiat 500's engine capabilities and interior styling lacking, but they enjoy the energetic performance of the higher-trim 500 Abarth. Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Fiesta

#2 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Critics praise the 2015 Ford Fiesta's high-quality interior and nimble handling, but they complain about the constricting rear seats and that its tech features are confusing. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Ford Focus

#8 in Affordable Compact Cars

Critics praise the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus for its athletic handling, elegant interior and top-quality materials. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Focus Electric

#22 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has an upscale interior and agile handling for an EV, but its confusing infotainment system and reduced cargo capacity may limit its appeal, according to test drivers. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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Honda Civic

#3 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers say the 2015 Honda Civic stands apart in its class thanks to excellent fuel efficiency, smooth transmission and classy and spacious interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Honda Civic Hybrid

#20 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid has dull handling, sluggish acceleration and a small trunk, according to reviewers. However, they also note it has a spacious back seat and gets excellent fuel economy for ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Honda CR-Z

#8 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The two-seat 2015 Honda CR-Z impresses test drivers with its agility, though they note that the interior layout is somewhat awkward. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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Honda Fit

#1 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Reviewers write that the 2016 Honda Fit outshines much of the competition with its versatile cargo area, spacious cabin and excellent fuel economy. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Elantra

#14 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a spacious cabin and gets good fuel economy with its base engine, but that engine isn't especially powerful and ride quality is poor over rough roads, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Veloster

#25 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers enjoy the 2015 Hyundai Veloster's modern interior, though they dislike its rough ride and lethargic base engine. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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Kia Forte

#8 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Kia Forte offers great value because of its abundant tech features, roomy trunk and cabin and comfortable seating, according to reviewers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Soul

#4 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers praise the 2015 Kia Soul for its quality cabin materials and long list of standard and available features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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Mazda Mazda3

#1 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Mazda3 offers robust engines, engaging handling and an elegant interior, critics say, making it a top choice in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#11 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Critics say the base engine in the 2015 Mini Paceman is underpowered and the car has a harsh ride, but they appreciate its nimble handling and powerful lineup of available engines.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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