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Used Small Cars under $12K

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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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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.3
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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:8.3
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:6.5
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.1
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2012 Suzuki SX4

Although it’s one of the few small cars available with all-wheel drive, the 2012 Suzuki SX4 falls short with poor safety and reliability scores, as well as ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:7.8
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2010 Kia Rio

The 2010 Kia Rio has high fuel economy ratings, but with few standard features, a cramped interior and low safety and reliability scores, other 2010 small cars ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:7.3
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#64
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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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.3
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:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:7.8
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2011 Hyundai Accent

The 2011 Hyundai Accent lacks the interior space and standard features you’ll find on higher-ranking 2011 small cars and comes with dismal safety ratings. Read full review »

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:6.3
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2010 Dodge Caliber

The 2010 Dodge Caliber has a comfortable interior, plenty of space for cargo and good safety scores, but its low fuel economy and sluggish performance won’t please ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.4
Performance:6.4
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.8
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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:7.9
Safety:7.7
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2012 Smart Fortwo

The 2012 Smart Fortwo’s compact size makes it easy to maneuver in tight areas, but critics said its sluggish engine, crude transmission and limited seating and cargo ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.0
Performance:5.8
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is perfect for shoppers who want retro styling more than they want interior space or good fuel economy. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.6
Operating Cost:8.0
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:8.0
Safety:8.6
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2010 Chevrolet Aveo

The 2010 Chevrolet Aveo's high points are a low sticker price and good fuel economy, but its competitors are better in nearly every other way. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:7.5
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2011 Dodge Caliber

Reviewers said the 2011 Dodge Caliber drives like a truck, is underpowered, gets poor fuel economy and can’t match the cargo space of competing hatchbacks. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.7
Critics' Rating:6.2
Performance:6.0
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:7.8
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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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Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:7.3
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2011 Chevrolet Aveo

The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo’s performance, interior and safety ratings are easily beat by competing small used cars. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:6.3
Critics' Rating:6.5
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.7
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:6.0
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