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Used Cars: 2012 Affordable Small Cars

View the best 2012 Affordable Small Cars based on our rankings. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find 2012 Affordable Small Cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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#1
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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.9
Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.9
Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.9
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Scion xD

Although they liked how easy it is to maneuver in tight spaces, reviewers said that most rivals deliver better performance and have a more comfortable cabin than ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.8
Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.7
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.7
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.7
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.5
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

Test drivers said the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid offers a spacious cabin and a comfortable ride, but plenty of competitors have classier cabins. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_5
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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#7
2012 Mazda Mazda3

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

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Toyota Corolla

The 2012 Toyota Corolla has good safety scores and a comfortable ride, but reviewers said a bland driving experience and dull interior design make it less desirable ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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2012 Toyota Yaris

While the 2012 Toyota Yaris has comfortable front seats, reviewers said that some competing small cars are more fun to drive. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 9.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.6
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.3
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.6
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_0
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2012 Scion tC

Reviewers said the 2012 Scion tC provides a pleasant driving experience, but many felt that other coupes are more fun to drive. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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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.