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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Audi A4 Image
  • MSRP: $37,300 - $39,400
  • MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

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2017 Audi A4

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The redesigned 2017 Audi A4 is among the elite in our luxury small car rankings. According to our analysis of professional reviews and data, ... Read full review»

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Overall:9.1
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.4
Interior:9.1
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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BMW 4-Series Image
  • MSRP: $41,850 - $74,200
  • MPG: 22 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 BMW 4-Series

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Critics say the 2016 BMW 4-Series is powerful, handles well and has a handsome cabin, but they add that the infotainment system could be ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:9.0
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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BMW 2-Series Image
  • MSRP: $32,850 - $51,700
  • MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 BMW 2-Series

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The BMW 2-Series has an attractive and upscale cabin, a range of muscular engines, and agile handling, according to the reviews and data that ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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BMW 3-Series Image
  • MSRP: $33,150 - $63,500
  • MPG: 23 City / 35 Hwy

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2016 BMW 3-Series

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Long synonmous with the company slogan "The Ultimate Driving Machine," the 2016 BMW 3 Series has a lot to live up to, but it ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.9
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Image
  • MSRP: $42,650 - $44,650
  • MPG: 23 City / 29 Hwy

#3
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' combination of performance and luxury places it near the top of our luxury small car rankings, based on our analysis ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.7
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Audi A3 Image
  • MSRP: $30,900 - $42,500
  • MPG: 23 (Est) City / 33 (Est) Hwy

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2016 Audi A3

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The 2016 Audi A3 is a solid pick in the competitive luxury small car segment as it brings solid performance, an attractive interior, and high safety ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0

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BMW i3 Image
  • MSRP: $42,400 - $46,250
  • MPG: N/A

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2016 BMW i3

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Critics say the electric 2016 BMW i3 has a comfortable interior, ample power and surprisingly sporty handling. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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Lexus IS Image
  • MSRP: $37,325 - $43,035
  • MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy

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2016 Lexus IS

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The 2016 Lexus IS doesn't quite match the sporty driving dynamics of some rivals, but its upscale interior and comfortable ride are appealing, reviewers ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_5
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Lexus RC Image
  • MSRP: $39,995 - $62,805
  • MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy

#9
2016 Lexus RC

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Reviewers say the 2016 Lexus RC has agile handling and a comfortable ride, but like many coupes, it isn't practical if you need roomy ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Audi A5 Image
  • MSRP: $41,200 - $61,100
  • MPG: 23 City / 32 Hwy

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2017 Audi A5

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Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, we put the 2017 Audi A5 in the bottom half of our luxury small car ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Cadillac ATS Image
  • MSRP: $33,215 - $62,665
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

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2016 Cadillac ATS

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Test drivers like the 2016 Cadillac ATS' potent engine options and agile handling, but they note that rear-seat and truck space are limited. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Volvo S60 Image
  • MSRP: $34,150 - $59,300
  • MPG: 26 City / 38 Hwy

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2016 Volvo S60

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A lineup of four potent engines provides the 2016 Volvo S60 with good power and acceleration. Among those, the base model has more than ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Infiniti Q50 Image
  • MSRP: $33,950 - $49,950
  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Infiniti Q50

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The 2016 Infiniti Q50 places in the bottom half of our luxury small car rankings. Our analysis of professional reviews and data shows that ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.5
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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Buick Cascada Image
  • MSRP: $33,065 - $36,065
  • MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy

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2016 Buick Cascada

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The all-new 2016 Buick Cascada offers a smooth, top-down driving experience, according to reviewers, but it has complicated audio and climate controls and gets ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:6.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Image
  • MSRP: $32,050 - $49,500
  • MPG: 26 City / 38 Hwy

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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a relative newcomer to the competitive class of luxury small cars, where it joins other newcomers, the BMW 2-Series and ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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Lexus CT Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $31,250 - $31,250
  • MPG: 43 City / 40 Hwy

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2016 Lexus CT Hybrid

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While the 2016 Lexus CT 200h earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class, critics are displeased with its underpowered engine ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.0
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Acura ILX Image
  • MSRP: $27,900 - $34,890
  • MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy

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2016 Acura ILX

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Like most Acura models, the Acura ILX straddles the line between luxury and mainstream classes in terms of price, features, and feel. That means ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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