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View the best upscale small cars, generally priced over $20,000. Then read reviews and compare small luxury cars to find one that’s right for you. Learn more about our rankings.

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2015 Lexus RC

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The 2015 Lexus RC has a good balance of luxury and performance, according to reviewers who especially appreciate its outstanding handling, smooth ride and premium cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:9.1
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class compares favorably with its competitors, according to reviewers who single out its luxurious interior and composed ride.  Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 BMW 2-Series

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The 2015 BMW 2-Series is among the most exciting small cars on the market, according to reviewers, who are impressed with its powerful engine options and outstanding ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Audi A5

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Automotive journalists report the 2015 Audi A5 has nimble handling and an eye-catching cabin, but some say the infotainment system is perplexing and frustrating to operate. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 BMW 3-Series

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The 2015 BMW 3-Series has a great mix of outstanding handling, powerful acceleration and top-flight comfort, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Cadillac ATS

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Automotive writers agree that the 2015 Cadillac ATS is among the best-handling cars in the class, regardless of whether you choose the sedan or all-new coupe. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Lexus IS

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Test drivers report that the 2015 Lexus IS' performance can't equal some of its rivals, but they appreciate the IS' attractive interior and top-notch construction.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Audi A4

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Reviewers say that the 2015 Audi A4 is a favorite in its class because of its handsome interior, sporty handling and comfortable ride. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 BMW i3

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Reviewers are impressed by the 2015 BMW i3's engaging electric powertrain, agile handling and high-quality interior. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Audi A3

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With spirited turbocharged engines, agile handling and numerous standard and available features, the redesigned 2015 Audi A3 earns critics' praise. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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  • MSRP: $33,300 - $47,200
  • MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy

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2015 Volvo S60

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Outstanding fuel economy, powerful engines and exceptionally supportive front seats in the 2015 Volvo S60 earn test drivers' praise. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has sporty handling and a stylish interior, according to test drivers, but its small rear seat and rough ride keep them from considering ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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2016 Acura ILX

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Despite improvements to the 2016 Acura ILX's powertrain and cabin, reviewers agree that rivals offer better-quality interiors and more impressive performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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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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