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: $34,900 - $42,350
  • MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

#1
2017 Audi A4

The redesigned 2017 Audi A4 is among the elite in our luxury small car rankings. According to our analysis of professional reviews and data, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:9.4
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.4
Interior:9.0
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Image
  • MSRP: $37,995 - $72,000
  • MPG: N/A

#2
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia’s sports car performance helps it stand out from the crowd of German sedans in the luxury small car class. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:9.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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BMW 4-Series Image
  • MSRP: $41,850 - $74,200
  • MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy

#2
2016 BMW 4-Series

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The BMW 4 Series has a stylish cabin and handles well, according to critics. Its engine also gives it a powerful ride. Reviewers, however, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:9.0
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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BMW 2-Series Image
  • MSRP: $32,850 - $51,700
  • MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy

#4
2016 BMW 2-Series

* 2017 pricing; 2016 pricing not available

Competitors like the Acura ILX, priced at $27,900 or the Audi A3, priced at $30,900, may be less expensive than the $32,850 BMW 2-Series, but they ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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BMW 3-Series Image
  • MSRP: $33,450 - $64,000
  • MPG: 23 City / 35 Hwy

#5
2017 BMW 3-Series

More than any other model, the 3 Series is the car that BMW has long built its brand and reputation on. With a combination ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Image
  • MSRP: $39,500 - $80,850
  • MPG: 24 City / 34 Hwy

#5
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' combination of performance and luxury places it near the top of our luxury small car rankings, based on our analysis ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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BMW i3 Image
  • MSRP: $42,400 - $46,250
  • MPG: N/A

#7
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»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
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 / 32 Hwy

#7
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»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_5
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Audi A3 Image
  • MSRP: $31,200 - $42,900
  • MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy

#9
2017 Audi A3

If you're looking for a compact luxury car, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better value than the 2017 Audi A3. It offers powerful ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Audi A5 Image
  • MSRP: $41,200 - $61,100
  • MPG: 23 City / 32 Hwy

#9
2017 Audi A5

Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, we put the 2017 Audi A5 in the bottom half of our luxury small car ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Lexus RC Image
  • MSRP: $39,995 - $62,805
  • MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy

#9
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»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Cadillac ATS Image
  • MSRP: $34,595 - $62,895
  • MPG: 22 (2016) City / 31 (2016) Hwy

#12
2017 Cadillac ATS

Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, the 2017 Cadillac ATS finishes in the midrange of our luxury small car rankings. Critics ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.2
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Infiniti Q50 Image
  • MSRP: $33,950 - $49,950
  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy

#13
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»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Volvo S60 Image
  • MSRP: $33,950 - $47,400
  • MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy

#14
2017 Volvo S60

The 2017 Volvo S60 is a reasonably priced luxury small car offering tons of safety features, as well as some of the most comfortable ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Infiniti Q60 Image
  • MSRP: $38,950 - $53,300
  • MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy

#15
2017 Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 may look like a high-performance luxury coupe, but its steering lets down its performance, and its cumbersome infotainment system detracts ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Image
  • MSRP: $32,050 - $49,500
  • MPG: 26 City / 37 Hwy

#15
2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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It’s only been a few years since the Mercedes-Benz CLA debuted, when it joined the all-new BMW 2 Series and later the redesigned Audi ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:8.1
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

#17
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid

Among small luxury cars, the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid stands out for its incredible fuel economy. It yields 43 mpg in the city and ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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Acura ILX Image
  • MSRP: $27,990 - $34,980
  • MPG: 25 City / 35 Hwy

#18
2017 Acura ILX

The 2017 Acura ILX sits near the bottom of our luxury small car rankings. The one thing the ILX has over its class rivals ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Buick Cascada Image
  • MSRP: $33,065 - $37,065
  • MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy

#18
2017 Buick Cascada

There's nothing quite like the 2017 Buick Cascada. Compared to similarly priced competitors, it provides a decent amount of passenger space for a four-seat ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.7
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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