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2014 Mazda Mazda3

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With a powerful engine, upscale cabin and sporty handling, the redesigned 2014 Mazda Mazda3 competes with cars at much higher price points, test drivers say. The Mazda3 won ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
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2014 Honda Civic

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Auto writers say the 2014 Honda Civic’s smooth powertrain, strong resale value and wealth of standard features make it a solid contender in an increasingly crowded field. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
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2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze delivers strong performance and a high-quality, roomy interior for a compact car. Test drivers also like its new fuel-efficient diesel engine option.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
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2014 Ford Focus

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Nimble handling, good fuel economy and an upscale interior are just a few of the reasons why the 2014 Ford Focus ranks a notch above most other ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
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2014 Kia Forte

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Test drivers recommend the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte, saying it is comfortable, has a spacious interior and trunk and has lots of easy-to-use tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.1
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2014 Kia Soul

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Test drivers say that the redesigned 2014 Kia Soul delivers spunk, space and oodles of features at a low price point, though it lacks the refined handling ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
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2014 Subaru Impreza

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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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2014 Volkswagen Golf

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Auto writers praise the 2014 Volkswagen Golf for its refined interior, snappy handling and fuel-efficient diesel engine, but they point out that rival cars have lower base ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.6
Safety:9.7
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2014 Toyota Corolla

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After a complete overhaul, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Corolla still caters to those who value simplicity and dependability over sporty handling and flashy looks. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.2
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2014 Hyundai Elantra

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Test drivers praise the 2014 Hyundai Elantra for its ample cargo space, generous amount of legroom and nimble handling. They also say its price and warranty make ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
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  • MSRP: $25,560 - $31,895
  • MPG: 42 (Est) City / 48 (Est) Hwy

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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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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2014 Dodge Dart

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Most reviewers like the 2014 Dodge Dart’s sporty handling, user-friendly tech features and comfortable cabin, but they say rival compacts are faster and get better gas mileage. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
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2014 Scion xB

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The 2014 Scion xB has a roomy cabin, lots of cargo space and a tempting price, auto writers say, but its lackluster fuel economy makes rival cars ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
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2014 Volkswagen Jetta

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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 ... 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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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid

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The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid gets great fuel economy and auto writers praise its spacious cabin, but say rivals simply stand out for their sporty performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.3
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2014 Hyundai Veloster

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Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a well-equipped cabin, good gas mileage and a composed ride, but may disappoint drivers who put a premium on performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
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2014 Scion tC

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The 2014 Scion tC offers good cabin space, sporty looks and high-tech audio at a nice price, but automotive critics say rival coupes are more fun to ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
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2014 Nissan Sentra

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Though test drivers say the 2014 Nissan Sentra has a roomy back seat and plenty of cargo space, it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more powerful engines ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
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2014 Honda Insight

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Though it costs less than other hybrids, test drivers say the 2014 Honda Insight is outshined by rivals offering more features, better fuel economy and more refined ... Read full review»

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Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.7
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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.1
Interior:6.0
Safety:9.0
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