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Used Small Cars under $12K

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2009 Honda Fit

When it was new, reviewers recommended the 2009 Honda Fit for its fun driving dynamics, good fuel ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.8
Performance:8.2
Interior:9.1
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2010 Honda Fit

With good fuel economy, innovative storage options, great safety ratings and a high reliability score, the 2010 ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.4
Interior:9.1
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:9.3
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2010 Scion xB

The 2010 Scion xB is a boxy small car that has good safety and reliability ratings and one of the most spacious cabins in the class. Read full review »

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.0
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2009 Scion tC

Those who want a hip small car with lots of standard features, fantastic reliability and impressive cargo space should like the 2009 Scion tC. Read full review »

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.2
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2009 Scion xB

As a used car, the 2009 Scion xB ranks near the top of the class and stands out with one of the highest reliability scores. Reviewers liked ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.0
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2010 Scion xD

The 2010 Scion xD comes with a lot of standard features and has an above-average reliability rating, but if you need a lot of interior space, take ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.5
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2010 Mazda MAZDA3

The 2010 Mazda3 has a winning combination of sporty performance and a practical, well-made interior. Its reliability score could be better, however. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.3
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2009 Honda Civic

The 2009 Honda Civic is one of the safest and best-performing used 2009 small cars. Read full review »

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.3
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2009 Hyundai Elantra

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra won our Best Compact Car for the Money award for its good performance, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.4
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2011 Ford Fiesta

The 2011 Ford Fiesta surpasses much of the competition with good interior quality, excellent fuel economy ratings, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.8
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
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2010 Kia Forte

The 2010 Kia Forte is a worthy contender for 2010 small cars when it comes to fuel economy, available features and safety scores. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.2
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2011 Kia Forte

The 2011 Kia Forte sedan, hatchback and coupe have good cargo space, class-competitive tech features and good safety scores, but some competitors have better performance and higher ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.0
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2011 Kia Soul

The boxy 2011 Kia Soul is a smart choice if you’re looking for a 2011 small used car with excellent safety scores, comfortable seats and good cargo ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2009 Pontiac Vibe

The 2009 Pontiac Vibe surpasses many 2009 small cars thanks to its versatile interior, great gas mileage and excellent reliability score. However, uninspiring performance lowers the Vibe’s ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.2
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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a hatchback that offers a great combination of practicality and spirited performance. It also has a well-made and comfortable cabin, though other ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.0
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2011 Mazda Mazda2

The 2011 Mazda2 has good safety scores, comfortable seats and nimble handling. However, shoppers who want a lot of cargo space or more standard features may want ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
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2010 Kia Soul

When the Kia Soul hit the market for the 2010 model year, it stood out with its love-it-or-hate-it styling, roomy interior and good safety scores, but others ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.3
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2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

Much like the gas-only Honda Civic, the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks well for its outstanding safety ratings and quality interior. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.7
Safety:9.3
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2009 Toyota Corolla

The 2009 Toyota Corolla ranks near the top of its class as a reliable small car with a solidly-built cabin and good performance for commuting. However, some ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.9
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2011 Scion xD

The 2011 Scion xD’s hip exterior, long list of standard features and good handling make it a smart choice for shoppers who need a used small car. ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.0
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