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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:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_0

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2015 Volkswagen GTI

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The 2015 Volkswagen GTI provides engaging handling, a powerful powertrain and a spacious cargo hold, according to test drivers. Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.7
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0

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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:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0

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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 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 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»

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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»

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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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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 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:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 2_0
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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:8.2
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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  • MSRP: $29,010 - $35,120
  • MPG: N/A

#10
2015 Nissan Leaf

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:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.3
Reliability: 4_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:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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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»

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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 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 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 Nissan Juke

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Though test drivers note that the 2015 Nissan Juke has limited cargo and passenger space, they appreciate its superb fuel economy, lively engine and responsive handling. 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 Lexus CT Hybrid

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Test drivers find that the 2015 Lexus CT 200h has inadequate acceleration and technology features that can be hard to use, but its fuel economy is outstanding.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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  • MSRP: $29,170 - $29,170
  • MPG: N/A

#20
2015 Ford Focus Electric

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»

U.S.News Scores
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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman

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Although it has one of the smallest cargo areas in the class, reviewers praise the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman's agile handling, and it gets excellent fuel economy ... 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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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 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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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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:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_5
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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»

U.S.News Scores
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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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 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»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 4_0
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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 FIAT 500L

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The 2015 Fiat 500L has a straightforward infotainment system and an airy cabin, but it's not as fun to drive as some rivals, according to critics. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
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:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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  • MSRP: $29,990 - $34,905
  • MPG: N/A

#32
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 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 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»

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 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:6.1
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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