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#1
2015 Volkswagen Golf

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The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf wows the automotive press with agile handling, exceptional cargo space and remarkable interior quality.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:9.3
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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#2
2015 Mazda Mazda3

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With terrific handling, a high-quality interior and strong engine options, reviewers say the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 is a top choice among compact cars. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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#3
2015 Honda Civic

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The 2015 Honda Civic stands out in a competitive segment with a classy and spacious cabin, a smooth transmission and good fuel economy for the class, reviewers ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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#3
2015 Kia Soul

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The 2015 Kia Soul impresses reviewers with upscale cabin materials and an abundance of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: $17,170 - $24,370
  • MPG: 26 (Est) City / 36 (Est) Hwy

#5
2015 Ford Focus

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

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Kia Forte

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Automotive journalists say the 2015 Kia Forte is a good value that offers comfortable seating, a roomy cabin and trunk as well as an abundance of tech ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: NA
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#8
2015 Buick Verano

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Chevrolet Volt

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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2015 Hyundai Elantra

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Though critics say the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers ample cargo space, good fuel economy and user-friendly tech features, some are let down by its sluggish base engine ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Subaru Impreza

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Reviewers like that the 2015 Subaru Impreza has standard all-wheel drive and spacious seating, but they say it could use more power at highway speeds. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: NA
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2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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While some say its tech features could be improved, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta pleases reviewers with a spacious cabin and a range of responsive engine choices.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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2015 Toyota Corolla

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The 2015 Toyota Corolla should satisfy if you’re looking for a commuter car with a spacious back seat, reviewers say, but many rivals are more fun to ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Dodge Dart

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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#15
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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.3
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.7
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2015 Hyundai Veloster

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Reviewers like the 2015 Hyundai Veloster’s modern cabin design, but say its base engine is underpowered and that it has an uncomfortable ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 MINI Cooper Roadster

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The 2015 Mini Roadster delivers engaging handling and open-air fun, but its rough ride, noisy cabin and confusing interior controls lessen its appeal, according to critics. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:8.6
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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#19
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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
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#19
2015 Scion tC

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Reviewers think the 2015 Scion tC is appealing as an affordable coupe with ample cabin space, but that rival coupes offer better performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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#21
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Test drivers agree that although the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has nimble handling, it stumbles with low-rent cabin materials and a noisy ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.0
Reliability: NA
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