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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:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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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 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 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:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.0
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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:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.3
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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»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.5
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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 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:7.6
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 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:8.1
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
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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 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 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:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.2
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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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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:7.3
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

#15
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 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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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»

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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.0
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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