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2015 Honda Fit

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Abundant cargo space, a roomy back seat and a comfortable ride make the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit a standout among small hatchbacks, reviewers say. It also has ... Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.5
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: N/A
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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»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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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:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
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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:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
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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 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:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.1
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2014 Ford Fiesta

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Reviewers 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:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.0
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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:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
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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 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, test drivers say. It also ... 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, reviewers 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 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 Hyundai Accent

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Test drivers 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 ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.0
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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV distinguishes itself with a competitive price, peppy acceleration and a smooth ride, reviewers say, but a long charge time may make it ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.5
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  • MSRP: $17,250 - $22,600
  • MPG: N/A

#14
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»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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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:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.2
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2014 Toyota Prius c

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The 2014 Toyota Prius c offers class-leading fuel economy and reviewers praise its roomy cabin and low base price, but say rival cars offer sportier handling and ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.3
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  • MSRP: $25,560 - $31,895
  • MPG: 42 (Est) City / 48 (Est) Hwy

#18
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 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, test drivers say, ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.6
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2014 Mazda Mazda2

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

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.2
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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman

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

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
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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 FIAT 500

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The 2014 Fiat 500 is undeniably chic and fun to drive, auto writers say, but its modestly powered base engine and cramped rear seats make rival subcompacts ... 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 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 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:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.7
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2014 Chevrolet Spark

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Though rivals offer more power, test drivers 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:7.2
Safety:9.0
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2014 Honda CR-Z

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Auto writers 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 ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.1
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2014 Nissan Cube

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Auto writers 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 ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
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2014 Scion xD

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Auto writers 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:7.3
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.0
Safety:10.0
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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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Reviewers say 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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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:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
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2014 Toyota Yaris

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Reviewers 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 fun ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
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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:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.7
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2014 Scion iQ

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Automotive writers 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 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»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
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2015 Nissan Versa

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Reviewers say the 2015 Nissan Versa offers a roomy cabin and good gas mileage at a rock-bottom price, but they dislike its no-frills interior and lackluster performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.1
Reliability: NA
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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Automotive journalists 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 ... 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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