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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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2014 Volkswagen GTI

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With athletic handling and a spacious, high-quality interior, test drivers say the 2014 Volkswagen GTI continues to provide great driving dynamics in a practical package. Because it has ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.9
Interior:9.1
Safety:9.7
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  • MSRP: $41,350 - $45,200
  • MPG: N/A

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2014 BMW i3

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

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
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2014 Acura TSX

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With its well-appointed interior and balanced handling, test drivers 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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  • MSRP: $27,270 - $30,850
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy

#3
2013 Audi A3

Though the 2013 Audi A3 has cramped rear seats, auto reviewers still think its ample cargo space and fuel-efficient diesel engine make it one of the more ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.9
Safety:10.0
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  • MSRP: $31,500 - $48,250
  • MPG: - TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy

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2013 BMW 1-Series

Auto reviewers like the 2013 BMW 1-Series’ s smooth transmissions, powerful engine and easy-to-use features, but its small cargo space is a drawbacks. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.0
Safety:N/A
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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, reviewers say. For having the best combination of factors that ... 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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Reviewers 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»

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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, reviewers say the 2014 Ford Focus Electric delivers strong acceleration and a quiet, ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:10.0
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2013 Nissan Leaf

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Auto writers agree that if you can live with its limited driving range, the all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf has a spacious interior and drives like a gas-only ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.0
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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, critics note that most upscale small cars are faster ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.7
Safety:10.0
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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

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

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.5
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2014 MINI Cooper Paceman

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

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.3
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