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Honda CR-Z

#26 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:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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Hyundai Accent

#15 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Hyundai Accent delivers a smooth ride and provides plenty of cargo space, critics say, but they point out that the car doesn't have a number of tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Hyundai Elantra

#19 in Affordable Small Cars

Although the 2015 Hyundai Elantra's base engine is underpowered and its ride can be rough at times, according to reviewers, they appreciate its large cargo space, solid fuel economy and easy-to-use tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Hyundai Veloster

#37 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:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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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 Rio

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics like the 2015 Kia Rio's spry engine, generous warranty, and well-made interior in its higher trims, but some complain the car’s ride is too stiff.  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

#6 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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Lexus CT Hybrid

#14 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:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Lexus IS

#4 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:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 4_0
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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:9.1
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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Mazda Mazda3

#3 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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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:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

#12 in Upscale Small Cars

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has sporty handling and a stylish interior, according to test drivers, but its small rear seat and rough ride keep them from considering it a top choice in the ... 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

#34 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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Mitsubishi Lancer

#39 in Affordable Small Cars

Low-quality cabin materials and a loud ride detract from the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer's agile handling, reviewers say.  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

#42 in Affordable Small Cars

A mundane interior, sloppy handling and a loud, weak engine overshadow the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage's outstanding fuel economy, test drivers say. Read full review»

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Overall:6.1
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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Nissan Leaf

#13 in Affordable Small 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:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Nissan Sentra

#29 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Nissan Sentra's spacious cabin and good fuel economy make it a decent choice for everyday commuting, reviewers say, but it isn't very fun to drive and could use more power. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Nissan Versa

#41 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Nissan Versa has a bare-bones interior and delivers a dull performance, but critics say it provides a spacious cabin and decent fuel economy for a bargain-basement price. Read full review»

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Overall:6.7
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_5
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