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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:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Buick Verano

#5 in Affordable Small 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

#5 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers like the pleasant ride, even handling, powerful available diesel engine and spacious trunk for the class that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze delivers.  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

#15 in Affordable Small Cars

With a large rear seat, numerous available features and agile handling, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic earns reviewers' appreciation. 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

#30 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good choice for urban commuters who desire a contemporary cabin and low base price, but it lacks the power of other cars in the class. 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

#23 in Affordable Small Cars

Though some test drivers complain about the 2015 Dodge Dart's uncomfortable front seats and weak base engine, they appreciate its nimble handling and user-friendly tech features. 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

#37 in Affordable Small Cars

The base 2015 Fiat 500's lackluster engine and economical cabin materials fail to impress reviewers, but they are thrilled with the higher-trim 500 Abarth's exhilarating performance.  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

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Ford Fiesta delivers agile handling and a first-rate cabin, but reviewers are dissatisfied with its perplexing tech features and cramped rear seats. 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

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Lively handling, first-rate interior materials and a sophisticated cabin are hallmarks of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus that win reviewers over. 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

#27 in Affordable Small 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

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

An upscale and roomy interior, silky transmission and solid fuel economy win over critics and help the 2015 Honda Civic shine in a crowded segment. 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

#25 in Affordable Small 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

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics say the 2015 Honda CR-Z is more agile than most hybrids, but note it seats only two people and the cabin could be more practical. 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 Small Cars

The 2015 Honda Fit has exceptional fuel economy and impresses critics with generous cargo room, a spacious back seat and pleasant ride, making it a standout among small hatchbacks. Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 3_5
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Hyundai Elantra

#19 in Affordable Small 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

#35 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster's contemporary interior earns critics' appreciation, but not its sluggish base engine and harsh ride. 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

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

A spacious interior and trunk, supportive seating and a range of tech features make the 2015 Kia Forte a good value, critics say. 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

#5 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Kia Soul's high-end interior materials, as well as numerous standard and optional features, impress automotive writers. 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

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

Rated a 2015 compact car top choice, the Mazda Mazda3 impresses reviewers with its responsive handling, sophisticated interior and reliable engines. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#32 in Affordable Small 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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