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Acura ILX

#13 in Upscale Small Cars

While the 2015 Acura ILX is priced lower than many competitors, reviewers are let down by its uninspiring performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: $28,900 - $34,600
  • MPG: 39 City / 38 Hwy

Acura ILX Hybrid

#11 in Upscale Small Cars

Despite offering a smooth, luxurious ride, test drivers say the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid’s fuel economy doesn’t measure up to that of rival hybrids. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.3
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Audi A3

#3 in Upscale Small Cars

The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 earns praise for its peppy turbocharged engines, sporty handling and long list of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Buick Verano

#7 in Upscale Small Cars

Reviewers praise the Buick Verano’s premium and near-silent cabin, but they say its base engine is underpowered and its handling isn’t as sporty as some rivals’. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Cruze

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze delivers strong performance and a high-quality, roomy interior for a compact car. Test drivers also like its new fuel-efficient diesel engine option.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
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Chevrolet Sonic

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers say the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is quite nimble, and they like its spacious rear seat and generous list of available features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Spark EV

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV distinguishes itself with a competitive price, peppy acceleration and a smooth ride, reviewers say, but a long charge time may make it less practical than other EVs. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.5
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Dodge Dart

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers like the 2015 Dodge Dart’s agile handling and easy-to-use tech features, but some take issue with its uncomfortable front seats and underpowered base engine. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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FIAT 500

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers write that the base Fiat 500 falls short with an underpowered engine and cheap interior materials, though they love the Fiat 500 Abarth’s thrilling performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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FIAT 500L

#6 in Upscale Small Cars

Test drivers say that the all-new Fiat 500L combines ample cargo space, hip styling and user-friendly tech features, all at a competitive price point.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Ford Fiesta

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

Though some are let down by its confusing tech features and small back seat, critics agree that the 2015 Ford Fiesta offers nimble driving dynamics and a high-quality interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:7.0
Reliability: NA
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Ford Focus

#7 in Affordable Small Cars

Nimble handling, good fuel economy and an upscale interior are just a few of the reasons why the 2014 Ford Focus ranks a notch above most other compact cars, test drivers say. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
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Ford Focus Electric

#9 in Upscale Small Cars

If you’re ready to accept the range limitations and extra cost of an EV, test drivers say the 2014 Ford Focus Electric delivers strong acceleration and a quiet, comfortable interior. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
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Honda Civic

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say the 2014 Honda Civic’s smooth powertrain, strong resale value and wealth of standard features make it a solid contender in an increasingly crowded field. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
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Honda Civic Hybrid

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid gets great fuel economy and auto writers praise its spacious cabin, but say rivals simply stand out for their sporty performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.3
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Honda CR-Z

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say that while the 2014 Honda CR-Z is one of the sharpest-handling hybrids on the market, it’s far from a sports car and its two-seat interior makes it less practical than ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.1
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Honda Fit

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

Abundant cargo space, a roomy back seat and a comfortable ride make the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit a standout among small hatchbacks, reviewers say. It also has superb fuel economy ratings. Read full review»

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Overall:9.1
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.5
Reliability: NA
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Honda Insight

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

Though it costs less than other hybrids, test drivers say the 2014 Honda Insight is outshined by rivals offering more features, better fuel economy and more refined powertrains. Read full review»

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.7
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Hyundai Elantra

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

Though critics say the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers ample cargo space, good fuel economy and user-friendly tech features, some are let down by its sluggish base engine and jarring ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Veloster

#32 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a well-equipped cabin, good gas mileage and a composed ride, but may disappoint drivers who put a premium on performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
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