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Scion iQ

#39 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Scion iQ may be easy to park and get excellent fuel economy, but its rivals cost less, are more spacious and a lot more fun to drive, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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Scion tC

#26 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Scion tC earns critics' appreciation for its spacious interior and economical price tag, though they say competitors' coupes perform better.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Scion xB

#29 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Scion xB has a remarkable amount of passenger and cargo space, test drivers say, but it has poor fuel economy and slow highway acceleration. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_5
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Subaru Impreza

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics say the 2015 Subaru Impreza needs more punch at highway speeds, but they appreciate the standard all-wheel drive and ample seating.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_0
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Subaru WRX

#5 in Affordable Small Cars

With a powerful engine, agile handing and standard all-wheel drive, critics report that the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is exceptionally fun to drive.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Toyota Corolla

#21 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers say if you need a commuter car with a roomy back seat, the 2015 Toyota Corolla is good, but many competitors deliver a more enjoyable ride.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_5
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Toyota Prius

#13 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Toyota Prius gets outstanding fuel economy and has a roomy interior, automotive writers say, but its lackluster acceleration and drab handling contribute to dull performance. Read full review»

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U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Toyota Prius c

#29 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Toyota Prius c gets outstanding fuel economy, but auto writers say it has sluggish highway acceleration and an uncomfortable ride on bumpy roads. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota Prius Plug-In

#37 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in may get great fuel economy, but it has a shorter electric-only driving range than its plug-in hybrid rivals, and test drivers say it has lackluster handling. Read full review»

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Toyota Yaris

#35 in Affordable Small Cars

Many competitors in the same price range perform better than the 2015 Toyota Yaris, automotive writers say, but they note it delivers a premium interior and solid fuel economy.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 4_0
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Volkswagen Beetle

#29 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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U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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Volkswagen Eos

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

Quality cabin materials and an inventive convertible top earn critics' praise, but not the small trunk and rear seat. Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Volkswagen Golf

#2 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics love the 2015 redesigned Volkswagen Golf's nimble handling, large cargo space and superior cabin quality. Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Volkswagen Jetta

#19 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics like the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta's generous interior space and high-performing engine lineup, though some say its technology features could be better. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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  • MSRP: $33,300 - $47,200
  • MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy

Volvo S60

#11 in Upscale Small Cars

Outstanding fuel economy, powerful engines and exceptionally supportive front seats in the 2015 Volvo S60 earn test drivers' praise. Read full review»

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U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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