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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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  • MSRP: $38,400 - $62,750
  • MPG: N/A

#1
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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With an elegant interior design and a composed ride, critics agree that the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan stacks up quite well against the competition. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:9.2
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Lexus RC

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Automotive journalists report that the 2015 Lexus RC has a good balance of luxury and performance. Standout features include excellent handling, a smooth ride and a high-quality ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 BMW 2-Series

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With its powerful engine options and excellent handling, the 2015 BMW 2-Series impresses automotive journalists as one of the most dynamic small cars on the market. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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2015 Audi A4

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The 2015 Audi A4’s attractive interior, nimble handling and comfortable ride make it a favorite in its class among critics. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2015 BMW 3-Series

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The 2015 BMW 3-Series delivers a near-perfect mix of extraordinary handling, powerful acceleration and luxurious comfort, according to auto writers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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2015 Cadillac ATS

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Whether you choose the sedan or all-new coupe, test drivers agree that the 2015 Cadillac ATS is one of the sharpest-handling cars in its class. Read full review»

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

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The 2015 Lexus IS appeals to critics thanks to its stylish interior and superb build quality, though it can’t quite match the performance of some competitors. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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2015 Audi A5

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The 2015 Audi A5’s complicated infotainment system frustrates some test drivers, but they say the A5 has poised handling and an eye-catching interior. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
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»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
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  • MSRP: $33,300 - $46,950
  • MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy

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2015 Volvo S60

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The 2015 Volvo S60 offers superb fuel economy, and critics like its robust engine lineup and extraordinarily comfortable front seats. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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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:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
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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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid

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While the 2015 Lexus CT 200h gets great fuel economy, some critics note that it has poor acceleration and tech features that are difficult to use. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Acura ILX

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While the 2015 Acura ILX is priced lower than many competitors, reviewers are let down by its uninspiring performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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