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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 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:9.2
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:9.1
Interior:8.1
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2014 BMW 2-Series

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Test drivers agree that the 2014 BMW 2-Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class thanks to its agile handling and powerful engine options. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
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2015 Subaru WRX

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Reviewers say the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is incredibly fun to drive thanks to its robust engine, nimble handling and standard all-wheel drive. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2014 BMW i3

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With a fun interior design and entertaining driving dynamics, reviewers say the 2014 BMW i3 is a great upscale EV for eco-conscious drivers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
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2015 Audi A3

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The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 earns praise for its peppy turbocharged engines, sporty handling and long list of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2014 Acura TSX

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With its well-appointed interior and balanced handling, automotive critics say the 2014 Acura TSX is an intelligent, fun-to-drive option among upscale small cars. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
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2014 Buick Verano

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The 2014 Buick Verano delivers a cushy ride, luxurious interior finishes and a good amount of cargo space, test drivers say. For having the best combination of factors ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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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
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2014 Nissan Leaf

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Reviewers like that the all-electric 2014 Nissan Leaf has agile handling and intuitive tech features, but they note that it takes a long time to charge. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.0
Reliability: NA
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2014 Lexus CT Hybrid

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Though the 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid is meant to be a sporty upscale car with great fuel economy, reviewers note that most upscale small cars are faster ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.6
Safety:10.0
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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

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Despite offering a smooth, luxurious ride, test drivers say the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid’s fuel economy doesn’t measure up to that of rival hybrids. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:9.3
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2014 MINI Cooper Paceman

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Reviewers say that agile handling and unique interior styling make the 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman a fun choice, but its harsh ride and small cargo area limit ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.2
Safety:N/A
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2014 Acura ILX

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Reviewers say the 2014 Acura ILX has a number of high-tech features, but that it’s not as luxurious, nimble or powerful as other cars in its class. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.3
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