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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:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 Mazda Mazda3

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With terrific handling, a high-quality interior and strong engine options, reviewers say the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 is a top choice among compact cars. 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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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:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5

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2015 Volkswagen GTI

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Reviewers say the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen GTI offers curve-hugging thrills, a potent powertrain and a roomy cargo hold.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5

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2015 Kia Soul

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The 2015 Kia Soul impresses reviewers with upscale cabin materials and an abundance of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Ford Focus

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The refreshed 2015 Ford Focus wins reviewers over with nimble handling and a classy cabin that features premium materials. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Kia Forte

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Automotive journalists say the 2015 Kia Forte is a good value that offers comfortable seating, a roomy cabin and trunk as well as an abundance of tech ... Read full review»

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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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While some dislike its stiff ride, auto writers praise the 2015 Kia Rio’s lively engine, long warranty and high-quality cabin in higher trims. 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 Ford Fiesta

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Though some are let down by its confusing tech features and small back seat, critics agree that the 2015 Ford Fiesta offers nimble driving dynamics and a ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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Test drivers say the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is quite nimble, and they like its spacious rear seat and generous list of available features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Chevrolet Volt

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Auto writers like the 2015 Chevrolet Volt’s strong electric powertrain, but they’re disappointed with its small cargo area and tight rear seats. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid has agile handling and plenty of passenger space, according to critics, but its appeal is diminished by a frustrating infotainment system and ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius is a dull performer, according to critics, with lethargic acceleration and bland handling, but they like its excellent fuel economy and spacious cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2014 FIAT 500L

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Test drivers 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:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Hyundai Accent

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Though it isn’t available with many tech features, the 2015 Hyundai Accent pleases critics with ample cargo space and a comfortable ride. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 MINI Cooper

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The 2015 Mini Cooper is extremely fun to drive, auto writers say, and now offers a four-door model with a larger back seat and more cargo space. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.5
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Subaru Impreza

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Reviewers like that the 2015 Subaru Impreza has standard all-wheel drive and spacious seating, but they say it could use more power at highway speeds. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 2_5
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2014 Ford Focus Electric

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If you’re ready to accept the range limitations and extra cost of an EV, test drivers say the 2014 Ford Focus Electric delivers strong acceleration and a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid

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While the 2015 Lexus CT 200h gets great fuel economy, some critics note that it has poor acceleration and tech features that are difficult to use. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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2015 Nissan Juke

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The 2015 Nissan Juke’s strong engine, nimble handling and great fuel economy impress reviewers, but they say the tiny cabin and small cargo area limit its practicality. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.1
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Nissan Leaf

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While some say it could use more highway passing power, the all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf pleases critics with a spacious cabin and controlled handling. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 FIAT 500

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Test drivers write that the base Fiat 500 falls short with an underpowered engine and cheap interior materials, though they love the Fiat 500 Abarth’s thrilling performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman

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The Mini Countryman earns excellent fuel economy and reviewers like its sharp handling, but it has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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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
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Chevrolet Spark

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While it isn’t the most powerful car in the class, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good option for city commuters seeking a modern interior and a ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Ford C-Max Energi

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Though it has a tiny cargo hold, critics like the 2015 Ford C-Max Energi’s agile handling and roomy back seat. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Honda CR-Z

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The 2015 Honda CR-Z is more nimble than most hybrids, but limited seating means that its cabin could be more practical, according to auto writers. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.1
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»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 3_5
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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»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 MINI Cooper Paceman

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The 2015 Mini Paceman has nimble handling and strong engine options, according to reviewers, but they think the base engine isn’t very powerful, and that the Paceman ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Hyundai Veloster

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Reviewers like the 2015 Hyundai Veloster’s modern cabin design, but say its base engine is underpowered and that it has an uncomfortable ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Toyota Yaris

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The 2015 Toyota Yaris has a high-quality interior and good fuel economy, according to critics, but many rivals have better performance at a similar price. 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 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:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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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:6.7
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.9
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Test drivers agree that although the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has nimble handling, it stumbles with low-rent cabin materials and a noisy ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage may get superb fuel economy, but critics are disappointed by its dreary cabin, clumsy handling and noisy, underpowered engine. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.1
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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