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Used Small Cars under $12K

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2010 Ford Focus

The 2010 Ford Focus impressed reviewers with its nimble handling and good fuel economy, and its good safety and reliability scores make it a strong choice among ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.6
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2009 Scion xD

The 2009 Scion xD separates itself from the pack with a good reliability score and plenty interior tech features, but competing hatchbacks have more utilitarian interiors. Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.5
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2012 Scion xD

Good safety and reliability scores make the 2012 Scion xD worthy of consideration, but reviewers said that some rivals deliver better performance and more comfortable cabins. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:10.0
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2011 Nissan Cube

The 2011 Nissan Cube is a good choice for shoppers who want standout styling and a unique interior. Its boxy style also means that the Cube offers ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.7
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2010 Scion tC

The sporty-looking 2010 Scion tC has pleasant performance, a lot of standard features and good cargo space, but when it comes to fuel economy and safety ratings, ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.2
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2009 Toyota Yaris

The 2009 Toyota Yaris is pleasant to drive and has an outstanding reliability score, but it may not be large enough for all shoppers. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.5
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta has good power, plenty of standard features and a well-made, spacious cabin. Other than a poor reliability score, reviewers said there’s little to ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.0
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2010 Hyundai Elantra

The 2010 Hyundai Elantra has some of the best passenger and cargo space in the class, as ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.2
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2010 Nissan Cube

The 2010 Nissan Cube makes a statement with its boxy styling, and it has one of the roomiest interiors in the class, good safety scores and a ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.0
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2011 Ford Focus

The 2011 Ford Focus sedan has strong safety scores, high-tech entertainment features and good cargo space, though reviewers weren’t as enamored with its interior quality and performance. Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.1
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2011 Suzuki SX4

The Suzuki SX4’s most appealing feature is available all-wheel drive. Shoppers who don’t need this option should research the competition. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.2
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2011 Toyota Corolla

With a good reliability score, good fuel economy ratings and a comfortable interior, the 2011 Toyota Corolla makes a good commuter car. However, the Corolla struggles to ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.5
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2010 Suzuki SX4

The 2010 Suzuki SX4 is one of few 2010 small cars that is available with all-wheel drive, but competitors have better fuel economy, safety scores and reliability. Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.7
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2010 Toyota Yaris

The 2010 Toyota Yaris has a good reliability rating, comes with a lot of safety features and doesn’t use a ton of gas, but a cramped rear ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.5
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2012 Toyota Yaris

While the 2012 Toyota Yaris has good safety and reliability ratings, reviewers said that some competing small cars are more fun to drive. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:6.6
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:9.3
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2011 Nissan Versa

The 2011 Nissan Versa is a good choice for budget-minded shoppers who want a spacious, basic small car that can get them from point A to point ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:7.4
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2011 Toyota Yaris

With excellent fuel economy ratings, lots of standard safety features and a good reliability score, the 2011 Toyota Yaris is a smart choice for shoppers who want ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:9.0
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2010 Honda Insight

The 2010 Honda Insight has decent performance and fuel economy for a hybrid, as well as above-average safety and reliability scores. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.8
Safety:9.1
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2010 Nissan Sentra

The 2010 Nissan Sentra’s comfortable cabin and impressive list of interior features make it a good daily driver, but lackluster performance means you shouldn’t expect much more. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.9
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.2
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2010 Nissan Versa

With above-average safety scores, good fuel economy and a spacious cabin, the 2010 Nissan Versa is a ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.7
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