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Used Cars: 2009 Affordable Small Cars

View the best 2009 Affordable Small Cars based on our rankings. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find 2009 Affordable Small Cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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2009 Toyota Matrix

The 2009 Toyota Matrix is a practical choice if you’re looking for a no-hassle car that can haul a lot of stuff and tackle winter weather. Read full review »

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.2
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#22
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer has good safety scores and balanced handling, but subpar interior and reliability scores keep it from being a class leader. Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.1
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#22
2009 Nissan Cube

The 2009 Nissan Cube has bold styling and a spacious interior, but its low reliability diminishes its overall appeal. Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.1
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.9
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2009 Nissan Sentra

Reviewers didn’t find a lot to complain about with the 2009 Nissan Sentra, but others in the class have better performance and more available safety equipment. Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.3
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#24
2009 Pontiac G5

The 2009 Pontiac G5 offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride, but rivals in the class beat it with more interior refinement or better performance. Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.6
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.6
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2009 Smart ForTwo

The 2009 Smart Fortwo’s tiny footprint and outstanding fuel economy make it a tempting choice for city driving, but its sluggish acceleration is impractical for the highway. Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.1
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2009 Chevy Cobalt

The 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt is an adequate performer with good fuel economy and plenty of available cabin tech features, but competitors have similar qualities and better reliability. Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.7
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.6
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2009 Kia Rio

The 2009 Kia Rio is competent around town, but with few standard features and poor safety and reliability scores, the Rio gets trounced by the competition.   Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:7.1
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2009 Kia Spectra

The 2009 Kia Spectra is an adequate commuter car, but others in the class have better performance, safety and reliability scores, as well as nicer interiors.    Read full review »

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:7.8
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#29
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle

The 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle coupe and convertible have playful styling, but below-average safety scores, low fuel economy and a less-than-practical interior push it toward the bottom ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:7.7
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2009 Dodge Caliber

The 2009 Dodge Caliber has lots of interior space and some innovative cargo features, but it ranks low in its class with an underpowered base engine and ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.6
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2009 Chevy Aveo

The 2009 Chevrolet Aveo has good fuel economy and respectable cargo space, but most 2009 small cars trump it with better performance, more standard interior features and ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:7.3
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Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.