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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

#5 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:8.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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BMW 2-Series

#2 in Upscale Small Cars

Test drivers agree that the 2014 BMW 2-Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class thanks to its agile handling and powerful engine options. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
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BMW i3

#4 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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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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Lexus CT Hybrid

#10 in Upscale Small Cars

Though the 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid is meant to be a sporty upscale car with great fuel economy, reviewers note that most upscale small cars are faster and more athletic, and several hybrids ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.6
Safety:10.0
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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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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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  • 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 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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