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Used Cars: 2012 Affordable Small Cars

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2012 Honda Fit

The 2012 Honda Fit has strong fuel economy ratings, and reviewers praised its large and versatile cargo ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.9
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.0
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2012 Ford Focus

Test drivers said that the 2012 Ford Focus distinguishes itself from other compact cars with nimble handling and a premium interior. Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2012 Honda Civic

The 2012 Honda Civic has an excellent reliability score and reviewers praised its composed ride and impressive fuel economy ratings. Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.2
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.7
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2012 Mazda Mazda3

Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 Mazda3’s attractive interior, nimble handling and available Skyactiv engine. Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:9.0
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.2
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

With an upscale cabin, a sporty, yet comfortable, ride and excellent gas mileage in higher trims, reviewers ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.7
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Reviewers praised the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic for its nimble handling and smooth ride quality, saying it drives like a more expensive car. Read full review »

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.7
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2012 Ford Fiesta

Reviewers said the 2012 Ford Fiesta’s athletic handling and upscale interior put it a notch above many ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2012 Hyundai Elantra

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra gets terrific gas mileage and reviewers loved its smooth ride, attractive cabin and numerous available features. Read full review »

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2012 Mazda Mazda2

Sharp handling sets the 2012 Mazda2 apart, reviewers said, but some rival subcompacts offer more cargo space and better fuel economy. Read full review »

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2012 Toyota Prius c

Critics said the 2012 Toyota Prius c isn’t especially fast or thrilling to drive, but is a solid choice if you’re after an incredibly fuel-efficient small car. Read full review »

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:8.8
Safety:10.0
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2012 Volkswagen Golf

With reviewer-liked engines and sporty, composed handling, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a formidable choice among small cars. Read full review »

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.7
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2012 Kia Rio

The redesigned 2012 Kia Rio is thrifty with fuel, and reviewers praised its athletic handling and upscale cabin. Read full review »

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.4
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.9
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2012 Scion xB

While some 2012 small cars get better gas mileage, reviewers liked the 2012 Scion xB’s spacious cabin, ample cargo space and numerous standard features. Read full review »

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.7
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2012 Subaru Impreza

Though not the most sprightly car available, reviewers said the 2012 Subaru Impreza has a spacious cabin ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.4
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.3
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2012 Honda CR-Z

While some hybrids are more spacious and use less fuel, reviewers said the 2012 Honda CR-Z offers terrific handling and a smooth ride. Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.1
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2012 Hyundai Accent

Test drivers said the 2012 Hyundai Accent is a practical commuter car that offers a good-looking cabin and a comfortable ride. Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.7
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2012 Kia Forte

Reviewers said the 2012 Kia Forte offers a large trunk and a cabin that’s chock full of tech features, but some rivals are more fun to drive. Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.0
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2012 Kia Soul

While some rivals offer more cargo space, the 2012 Kia Soul impressed reviewers with its comfortable ride and roomy back seat. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.3
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2012 Nissan Cube

The 2012 Nissan Cube isn't the most fuel-efficient car in the class, but reviewers said it has a comfortable ride and a generous amount of cargo space. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.7
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2012 Fiat 500

While some rivals are more spacious, test drivers said the 2012 Fiat 500 has nimble handling in the city and a lot of style. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.4
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: NA
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