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2015 Honda Fit

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The 2015 Honda Fit has exceptional fuel economy and impresses critics with generous cargo room, a spacious back seat and pleasant ride, making it a standout among ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 3_5

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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»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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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»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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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»

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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 Subaru WRX

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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:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Ford Fiesta

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The 2015 Ford Fiesta delivers agile handling and a first-rate cabin, but reviewers are dissatisfied with its perplexing tech features and cramped rear seats. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 2_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 Kia Rio

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Critics like the 2015 Kia Rio's spry engine, generous warranty, and well-made interior in its higher trims, but some complain the car’s ride is too stiff.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Toyota Prius

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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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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Hyundai Accent

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The 2015 Hyundai Accent delivers a smooth ride and provides plenty of cargo space, critics say, but they point out that the car doesn't have a number ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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With a large rear seat, numerous available features and agile handling, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic earns reviewers' appreciation. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_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»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 MINI Cooper

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The 2015 Mini Cooper now has a four-door model with expanded cargo space and a more spacious back seat, and reviewers find the car exceptionally fun to ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.5
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Nissan Leaf

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The all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf earns reviewers' praise for its roomy interior and poised handling, though they wish it delivered more highway passing power. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 4_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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
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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  • MSRP: $16,215 - $31,120
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

#20
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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_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 Volkswagen Eos

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

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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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»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Ford Focus Electric

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The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has an upscale interior and agile handling for an EV, but its confusing infotainment system and reduced cargo capacity may limit its ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Honda CR-Z

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Critics say the 2015 Honda CR-Z is more agile than most hybrids, but note it seats only two people and the cabin could be more practical. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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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:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Chevrolet Spark

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Reviewers say the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good choice for urban commuters who desire a contemporary cabin and low base price, but it lacks the power ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Toyota Prius c

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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 MINI Cooper Paceman

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Critics say the base engine in the 2015 Mini Paceman is underpowered and the car has a harsh ride, but they appreciate its nimble handling and powerful ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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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:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Volkswagen Beetle

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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 ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_0
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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:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In

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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 ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 FIAT 500

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The base 2015 Fiat 500's lackluster engine and economical cabin materials fail to impress reviewers, but they are thrilled with the higher-trim 500 Abarth's exhilarating performance.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Toyota Yaris

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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 ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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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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2015 Scion iQ

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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 ... 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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2015 Nissan Versa

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The 2015 Nissan Versa has a bare-bones interior and delivers a dull performance, but critics say it provides a spacious cabin and decent fuel economy for a ... Read full review»

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Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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A mundane interior, sloppy handling and a loud, weak engine overshadow the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage's outstanding fuel economy, test drivers say. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.0
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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