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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, reviewers say. The Mazda3 won our ... 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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Reviewers say the 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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2013 Honda Fit

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The 2013 Honda Fit offers cargo space and ample passenger  for such a small car, but critics wish it had a more powerful engine, more optional features and ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.8
Safety:8.3
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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. Reviewers 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:8.3
Safety:9.2
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2014 Ford Fiesta

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Critics say the 2014 Ford Fiesta excels where many subcompact cars fall flat with its nimble handling, great fuel economy and an impressive list of optional features. ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.0
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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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Reviewers 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 Rio

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A peppy engine, roomy cabin and lots of available features make the 2014 Kia Rio a worthy competitor in a crowded field, reviewers say. It also has ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:8.5
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic’s smooth ride, spacious cabin and great handling make it a standout in the subcompact class, test drivers say.   Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.2
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2014 Kia Soul

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Reviewers 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 of ... 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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Reviewers 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:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:10.0
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2013 Toyota Prius c

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The 2013 Toyota Prius c has impressive gas mileage and easy-to-use tech features, makeing it an excellent commuter car. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.3
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2014 Volkswagen Golf

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Test drivers 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:8.1
Interior:8.6
Safety:N/A
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2014 Hyundai Accent

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Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Accent has a comfortable ride, an attractive interior and ample cargo space, but it doesn’t offer as many tech features as rivals. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.0
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2014 Toyota Corolla

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After a complete overhaul, critics 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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Reviewers 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 it ... 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 VW Jetta Hybrid’s peppy turbocharged engine and sporty handling make it worth consideration for spirited drivers, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.5
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2014 Dodge Dart

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Most auto 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 ... 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 MINI Cooper

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The all-new 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop has nimble handling that makes it a lot of fun to drive, as well as a classy cabin, reviewers say, but ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.9
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.6
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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, reviewers say, but its lackluster fuel economy makes rival cars more ... 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 Honda CR-Z

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Reviewers say that while the 2014 Honda CR-Z is one of the sharpest-handling hybrids on the market, it’s far from a sports car and its two-seat interior ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.1
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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman

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The 2014 Mini Clubman is brimming with character and delivers a fun ride with room for four, test drivers say. However, many rivals are cheaper, have more ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
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2014 Volkswagen Jetta

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Test drivers 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 FIAT 500

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The 2014 Fiat 500 is undeniably chic and fun to drive, reviewers say, but its modestly powered base engine and cramped rear seats make rival subcompacts more ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Chevrolet Spark

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Though rivals offer more power, reviewers say that the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious, attractive interior and a low starting price. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.0
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2013 Honda Civic Hybrid

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Honda tweaked the 2013 Honda Civic, improving its interior materials and features, as well as its steering and suspension, but most test drivers say the changes aren't enough to ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.3
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2014 Mazda Mazda2

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Reviewers say the 2014 Mazda2 is a sprightly car that’s fun to drive, but it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more tech features, roomier interiors and more ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.2
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2014 Nissan Cube

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Reviewers say the 2014 Nissan Cube offers a comfortable ride and a roomy cabin, and is easy to maneuver in tight spaces, but its unique interior styling ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.7
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2014 Scion xD

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Reviewers say the 2014 Scion xD is a peppy commuter car with a nice price, but rivals offer better fuel economy, roomier cabins and sportier handling. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.0
Safety:10.0
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2014 Toyota Yaris

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Test drivers agree that the 2014 Toyota Yaris offers a roomy cabin and a very good reliability rating at a nice price. However, rival cars are more ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
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  • MSRP: $20,295 - $34,895
  • MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle

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The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle provides a distinctive blend of nostalgia and performance, though some rivals offer better fuel economy and a lower base price. Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.8
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2013 Hyundai Veloster

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Critics say that the 2013 Hyundai Veloster looks sporty, but its performance is disappointing. A cramped rear seat keep the Veloster from being as practical as other ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:N/A
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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 reviewers say rival coupes are more fun to drive. 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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  • MSRP: $19,275 - $22,415
  • MPG: 26 City / 32 Hwy

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2013 Toyota Matrix

While the 2013 Toyota Matrix’s available all-wheel drive is rare in this class, auto reviewers don’t think it compensates for the Matrix’s mediocre performance and cheap interior. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.6
Interior:6.9
Safety:9.2
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2014 Nissan Sentra

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Though reviewers say the Nissan Sentra has a roomy back seat and plenty of cargo space, it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more powerful engines and snappier ... 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, the 2014 Honda Insight is outshined by rivals offering more features, better fuel economy and more refined powertrains. 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 Scion iQ

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Reviewers say the 2014 Scion iQ sips gas and is a cinch to park, but rival cars are cheaper, more spacious and more refined. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.7
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2014 Nissan Versa

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A spacious cabin and bargain-basement price make the Nissan Versa a tempting choice, reviewers say, yet rival cars outshine the Versa with more standard features, better performance ... Read full review»

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Overall:6.7
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.9
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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, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.1
Interior:6.0
Safety:9.0
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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Reviewers say the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has some practical appeal because of its low price and long warranty, but rivals have better handling, more power and a ... Read full review»

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Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.2
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
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