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Acura ILX

#15 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:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.3
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Audi A3

#10 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:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
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Audi A4

#6 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Audi A4’s attractive interior, nimble handling and comfortable ride make it a favorite in its class among critics. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
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Audi A5

#6 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Audi A5’s complicated infotainment system frustrates some test drivers, but they say the A5 has poised handling and an eye-catching interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
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BMW 2-Series

#3 in Upscale Small Cars

With its powerful engine options and excellent handling, the 2015 BMW 2-Series impresses automotive journalists as one of the most dynamic small cars on the market. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
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BMW 3-Series

#8 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 BMW 3-Series delivers a near-perfect mix of extraordinary handling, powerful acceleration and luxurious comfort, according to auto writers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.1
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BMW i3

#8 in Upscale Small Cars

With a fun interior design and entertaining driving dynamics, reviewers say the 2014 BMW i3 is a great upscale EV for eco-conscious drivers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
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Cadillac ATS

#4 in Upscale Small Cars

Whether you choose the sedan or all-new coupe, test drivers agree that the 2015 Cadillac ATS is one of the sharpest-handling cars in its class. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
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Chevrolet Volt

#13 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers like the 2015 Chevrolet Volt’s strong electric powertrain, but they’re disappointed with its small cargo area and tight rear seats. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.3
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Kia Soul

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Kia Soul impresses reviewers with upscale cabin materials and an abundance of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
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Lexus CT Hybrid

#14 in Upscale Small Cars

While the 2015 Lexus CT 200h gets great fuel economy, some critics note that it has poor acceleration and tech features that are difficult to use. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:10.0
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Lexus IS

#4 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Lexus IS appeals to critics thanks to its stylish interior and superb build quality, though it can’t quite match the performance of some competitors. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
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Lexus RC

#1 in Upscale Small Cars

Automotive journalists report that the 2015 Lexus RC has a good balance of luxury and performance. Standout features include excellent handling, a smooth ride and a high-quality interior. Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

#2 in Upscale Small Cars

With an elegant interior design and a composed ride, critics agree that the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan stacks up quite well against the competition. Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:N/A
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#30 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Mini Paceman has nimble handling and strong engine options, according to reviewers, but they think the base engine isn’t very powerful, and that the Paceman has a harsh ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.0
Safety:N/A
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Mitsubishi Lancer

#40 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers agree that although the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has nimble handling, it stumbles with low-rent cabin materials and a noisy ride. Read full review»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
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Nissan Leaf

#22 in Affordable 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:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
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Subaru WRX

#6 in Affordable 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:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
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Toyota Prius

#13 in Affordable Small Cars

The Toyota Prius is a dull performer, according to critics, with lethargic acceleration and bland handling, but they like its excellent fuel economy and spacious cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
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Volkswagen Beetle

#32 in Affordable Small 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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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
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