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Used Small Cars under $12K

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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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2010 Toyota Corolla

The 2010 Toyota Corolla isn’t as fancy or stylish as some of its competitors, but its good fuel economy ratings and high reliability and safety scores make ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.9
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2009 Ford Focus

When it was new, car reviewers liked the tech features and performance of the 2009 Ford Focus. As a used car, the 2009 Focus offers all that ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.6
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2009 Mazda MAZDA3

The 2009 Mazda3 has class-leading performance, but a poor reliability score puts it in the middle of the class as a used car. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:N/A
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2009 Suzuki SX4

With a model line that includes a crossover with all-wheel drive, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 has a model to suit almost everyone. However, this sporty small car ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.7
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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt has good performance, cargo space and safety scores for the class, but its uncomfortable rear seating and low reliability score could make shoppers ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.9
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.6
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2010 Hyundai Accent

While the 2010 Hyundai Accent has good fuel economy and a roomy cabin, most 2010 small cars have better performance and safety scores.   Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:7.5
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2010 Pontiac Vibe

With lots of cargo space and good safety and reliability scores, car reviewers said that the 2010 Pontiac Vibe is a practical choice for small car shoppers. Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.2
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2009 Nissan Versa

The 2009 Nissan Versa has decent power, good safety scores and a very roomy interior, but competitors have better reliability scores and more standard features. Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.7
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2009 Subaru Impreza

The 2009 Subaru Impreza’s class-leading safety scores, standard all-wheel drive and good performance should appeal to shoppers who want a safe small car that’s a little fun ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:9.3
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2012 Scion iQ

The 2012 Scion iQ’s small size makes it a great urban runabout, according to reviewers, but most rivals offer a more enjoyable driving experience and a more ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:7.5
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2011 Kia Rio

Good fuel economy ratings and a low price positioned the 2011 Kia Rio as a good commuter car, however, with poor safety ratings and performance, it’s easy ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:6.3
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2009 Hyundai Accent

The 2009 Hyundai Accent is a basic commuter car with good fuel economy, but its performance and crash test ratings can’t keep up with the competition. You ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:7.3
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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:6.7
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.2
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2012 Nissan Versa

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is an adequate performer and has a spacious cabin, but many rival small cars are just as roomy and have ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.6
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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer has a sporty exterior, but its interior quality, reliability and standard interior features are lacking. Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.1
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2010 Smart ForTwo

The 2010 Smart Fortwo’s fuel economy ratings and maneuverability make it a good choice if you need to navigate the city, but its small size means shoppers ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.4
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:8.1
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.1
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.1
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.9
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2011 Smart Fortwo

Shoppers looking for a small city car should consider the 2011 Smart Fortwo, but you’ll have to compromise on cargo space, performance and reliability. Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.5
Performance:6.1
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:N/A
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