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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:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Audi A3

#4 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:8.8
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Audi A4

#4 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:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Audi A5

#9 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:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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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:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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BMW 3-Series

#6 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:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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BMW i3

#9 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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Buick Verano

#11 in Affordable 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:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Cadillac ATS

#6 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
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Cruze

#7 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze has a comfortable ride, balanced handling, a potent diesel engine option and a large trunk for the class, test drivers say. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Sonic

#13 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

#30 in Affordable Small Cars

While it isn’t the most powerful car in the class, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good option for city commuters seeking a modern interior and a low base price, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Spark EV

#18 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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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:9.1
Reliability: NA
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Dodge Dart

#25 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

#27 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

#12 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

#13 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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  • MSRP: $17,170 - $24,370
  • MPG: 26 (Est) City / 36 (Est) Hwy

Ford Focus

#7 in Affordable Small Cars

The refreshed 2015 Ford Focus wins reviewers over with nimble handling and a classy cabin that features premium materials. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Ford Focus Electric

#13 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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