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: $35,900 - $50,200
  • MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Audi A4

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The Audi A4 fits neatly in the center of the compact luxury market. It isn’t as firm and sporty as BMW’s 3-Series, but it ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 4_0
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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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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Image
  • MSRP: $38,950 - $73,250
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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So long as you're looking for posh comfort and not canyon-carving performance, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is an excellent option in the luxury small ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.8
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5

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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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The 2016 BMW 3-Series is one of our highest-ranking luxury small cars. Our analysis of professional reviews and data shows that critics like the ... 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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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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Though the 2016 Audi A3 sits in the middle of our luxury small car rankings, its starting price of $30,900 makes it an attractive ... 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:8.5
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

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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: $40,500 - $61,100
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

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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 ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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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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The 2016 Volvo S60 is available with four powertrains, all providing strong acceleration. Our research shows that the base model is one of the ... 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»

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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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