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Honda CR-Z

#8 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The two-seat 2015 Honda CR-Z impresses test drivers with its agility, though they note that the interior layout is somewhat awkward. 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 Subcompact Cars

Reviewers write that the 2016 Honda Fit outshines much of the competition with its versatile cargo area, spacious cabin and excellent fuel economy. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.6
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Accent

#4 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Reviewers praise the 2015 Hyundai Accent for its ample cargo space and smooth ride, though they note that it offers few tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Hyundai Elantra

#14 in Affordable Compact 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

#25 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers enjoy the 2015 Hyundai Veloster's modern interior, though they dislike its rough ride and lethargic base engine. 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

#8 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Kia Forte offers great value because of its abundant tech features, roomy trunk and cabin and comfortable seating, according to reviewers. 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 Rio

#2 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Kia Rio features a lively engine and a solid warranty, as well as a quality cabin in its higher trims, reviewers say, but some think it offers a stiff ride. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Soul

#4 in Affordable Compact Cars

Reviewers praise the 2015 Kia Soul for its quality cabin materials and long list of standard and available features. 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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Lexus CT Hybrid

#13 in Upscale Small Cars

Test drivers find that the 2015 Lexus CT 200h has inadequate acceleration and technology features that can be hard to use, but its fuel economy is outstanding.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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Lexus IS

#7 in Upscale Small Cars

Test drivers report that the 2015 Lexus IS' performance can't equal some of its rivals, but they appreciate the IS' attractive interior and top-notch construction.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_5
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Lexus RC

#1 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Lexus RC has a good balance of luxury and performance, according to reviewers who especially appreciate its outstanding handling, smooth ride and premium cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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Mazda Mazda3

#1 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Mazda3 offers robust engines, engaging handling and an elegant interior, critics say, making it a top choice in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

#2 in Upscale Small Cars

The redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class compares favorably with its competitors, according to reviewers who single out its luxurious interior and composed ride.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

#12 in Upscale Small Cars

According to auto writers, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has a stiff ride and a cramped back seat, though they find its chic interior and responsive handling appealing. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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MINI Cooper Paceman

#11 in Affordable Subcompact 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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Mitsubishi Lancer

#27 in Affordable Compact Cars

Critics say the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer handles adeptly but that the interior is noisy and uses low-grade materials. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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Mitsubishi Mirage

#17 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage offers excellent fuel economy, but reviewers dislike its noisy, underpowered engine, drab interior and shoddy handling. Read full review»

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Overall:6.0
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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Nissan Leaf

#11 in Affordable Compact Cars

The all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf earns reviewers' praise for its roomy interior and poised handling, though they wish it delivered more highway passing power. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 4_0
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Nissan Sentra

#22 in Affordable Compact Cars

The 2015 Nissan Sentra provides a spacious interior and good fuel efficiency, reviewers say, although they add that it lacks for power and isn't especially fun to drive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Nissan Versa

#16 in Affordable Subcompact Cars

Though it features a spartan interior and uninspiring performance, reviewers say the 2015 Nissan Versa offers good fuel economy and a roomy interior for an incredibly low price. Read full review»

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Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_0
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