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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 Volkswagen GTI

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With athletic handling and a spacious, high-quality interior, test drivers say the 2014 Volkswagen GTI continues to provide great driving dynamics in a practical package. Because it has ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.9
Interior:9.1
Safety:9.7
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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 BMW 5-Series

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While some rivals may be a bit more agile, critics agree that the 2014 BMW 5-Series offers powerful engine choices and balanced handling. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
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2014 Chevrolet Volt

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Reviewers like the 2014 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid's useful electric-only driving range and composed driving dynamics. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.3
Interior:6.4
Safety:9.6
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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 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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  • MSRP: $27,270 - $30,850
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy

#9
2013 Audi A3

Though the 2013 Audi A3 has cramped rear seats, auto reviewers still think its ample cargo space and fuel-efficient diesel engine make it one of the more ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
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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 Fiat 500L

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Reviewers say that the all-new Fiat 500L combines ample cargo space, hip styling and user-friendly tech features, all at a competitive price point.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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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 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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While it has a small cargo area and a frustrating optional infotainment system, critics say the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid is fun to drive for a hybrid ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.5
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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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2013 Nissan Leaf

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Auto writers agree that if you can live with its limited driving range, the all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf has a spacious interior and drives like a gas-only ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.0
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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 Lexus CT Hybrid

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Though the 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid is meant to be a sporty upscale car with great fuel economy, critics note that most upscale small cars are faster ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.7
Safety:10.0
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2014 Nissan Juke

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The Nissan Juke turns heads with its unique styling and sporty dynamics, but rival crossovers offer roomier cabins and more cargo space, reviewers say.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.9
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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 MINI Cooper Countryman

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Charming style and sharp handling make the Mini Cooper Countryman a compelling choice for those willing to forgo the added cargo space offered by rivals, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
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2014 MINI Cooper Paceman

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Critics say that agile handling and unique interior styling make the 2014 Mini Paceman a fun choice, but its harsh ride and small cargo area limit its ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.2
Safety:N/A
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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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2014 Ford C-Max Energi

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A spacious cabin, agile handling and strong acceleration make the C-Max Energi an appealing pick, but reviewers say the much less expensive C-Max Hybrid is a better ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.5
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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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  • MSRP: $32,000 - $39,525
  • MPG: 51 City / 49 Hwy

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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in

Critics like that the Prius Plug-in can drive in electric-only mode and has great fuel economy, but they’re disappointed with its subpar cabin materials and lackluster performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.3
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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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  • 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 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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