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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Audi A4

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The 2016 Audi A4 delivers an attractive, spacious cabin, athletic handling and a comfortable ride, according to auto journalists. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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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»

U.S.News Scores
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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2016 Audi A5

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The 2016 Audi A5 gets excellent fuel economy and reviewers like its top-notch cabin and composed handling, but say it lacks the agility of some rivals and ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_5
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  • MSRP: $33,300 - $47,200
  • MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy

#10
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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2016 Audi A3

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The 2016 Audi A3 has a potent engine lineup, is fun to drive and has an opulent interior, auto writers report, but they add that the seats ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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According to auto writers, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has a stiff ride and a cramped back seat, though they find its chic interior and responsive handling appealing. 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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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:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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2016 Acura ILX

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Though the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX has a nicer cabin and an improved powertrain, it still can't match the performance or interior quality of its competitors, according ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA

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2015 Lexus RC

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$42,790 - $62,400
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5

#2
2015 BMW 2-Series

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$32,100 - $47,700
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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$38,400 - $63,000
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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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U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Audi A4

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$35,900 - $50,200
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The 2016 Audi A4 delivers an attractive, spacious cabin, athletic handling and a comfortable ride, according to auto journalists. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA

#5
2015 BMW 3-Series

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$32,950 - $62,000
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.1
Reliability: 3_5

#5
2015 Cadillac ATS

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$33,215 - $51,435
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5

#7
2016 Audi A5

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$40,500 - $61,100
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The 2016 Audi A5 gets excellent fuel economy and reviewers like its top-notch cabin and composed handling, but say it lacks the agility of some rivals and ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA

#7
2015 BMW i3

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$42,400 - $46,250
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Lexus IS

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$36,550 - $47,640
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 Volvo S60

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$33,300 - $47,200
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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

#11
2016 Audi A3

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$30,900 - $42,500
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The 2016 Audi A3 has a potent engine lineup, is fun to drive and has an opulent interior, auto writers report, but they add that the seats ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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$31,500 - $48,500
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According to auto writers, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has a stiff ride and a cramped back seat, though they find its chic interior and responsive handling appealing. 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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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid

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$32,200 - $32,200
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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:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5

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2016 Acura ILX

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$27,900 - $34,890
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Though the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX has a nicer cabin and an improved powertrain, it still can't match the performance or interior quality of its competitors, according ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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