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#1
2015 Volkswagen Golf

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

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Mazda Mazda3

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Rated a 2015 compact car top choice, the Mazda Mazda3 impresses reviewers with its responsive handling, sophisticated interior and reliable engines. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Honda Civic

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An upscale and roomy interior, silky transmission and solid fuel economy win over critics and help the 2015 Honda Civic shine in a crowded segment. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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2015 Buick Verano

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Critics find the 2015 Buick Verano's base engine lacking power and its handling less nimble than some competitors’, but they love its high-end and nearly silent interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze

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Reviewers like the pleasant ride, even handling, powerful available diesel engine and spacious trunk for the class that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze delivers.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Kia Soul

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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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2015 Ford Focus

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Lively handling, first-rate interior materials and a sophisticated cabin are hallmarks of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus that win reviewers over. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Kia Forte

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Chevrolet Volt

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The 2015 Chevrolet Volt disappoints reviewers with its undersized cargo area and cramped rear seats, but they like its strong electric powertrain. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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  • MSRP: $16,215 - $31,120
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

#10
2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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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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2016 Hyundai Elantra

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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 ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Subaru Impreza

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Toyota Corolla

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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 ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_5
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2015 Dodge Dart

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Though some test drivers complain about the 2015 Dodge Dart's uncomfortable front seats and weak base engine, they appreciate its nimble handling and user-friendly tech features. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Honda Civic Hybrid

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The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid has dull handling, sluggish acceleration and a small trunk, according to reviewers. However, they also note it has a spacious back seat ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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2015 Scion tC

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Nissan Sentra

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Critics don't think the 2015 Nissan Sentra is particularly powerful or entertaining to drive, but they note that its high fuel economy and large interior make it ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Scion xB

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Though the 2015 Scion xB accelerates slowly at highway speeds and delivers disappointing fuel economy, it offers an impressive amount of space for passengers and cargo, according ... 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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2015 MINI Cooper Roadster

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Despite nimble handling and open-air fun, the 2015 Mini Roadster delivers a stiff ride, loud interior and perplexing cabin controls that take away from its appeal, reviewers ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:8.6
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Hyundai Veloster

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The 2015 Hyundai Veloster's contemporary interior earns critics' appreciation, but not its sluggish base engine and harsh ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

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

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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