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Used Small Cars $12K to $14K

View the best used small cars priced between $12,000 and $14,000. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find used small cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta trumps most 2010 small cars with a powerful engine, a well-equipped interior and comfortable seating, but an unimpressive reliability rating keeps the Jetta from ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.0
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2012 Kia Soul

While some rivals offer more cargo space, the 2012 Kia Soul impressed reviewers with its comfortable ride and roomy back seat. Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.3
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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 »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.7
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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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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 Honda CR-Z

The 2011 Honda CR-Z stands out thanks to its good performance, but with fuel economy ratings that aren’t great for a hybrid and seating for two, some ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:8.0
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2012 Fiat 500

While some rivals are more spacious, test drivers said the 2012 Fiat 500 has nimble handling in the city and a lot of style. Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.4
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: NA
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2011 Honda Insight

Though it’s a small hybrid, the 2011 Honda Insight has good cargo space and performance, along with class-leading fuel economy ratings and high reliability and safety scores. Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.8
Safety:9.3
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta stands out among 2011 small cars with ample passenger space, a huge trunk and good fuel economy ratings. However, the Jetta’s reliability rating ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.3
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2009 MINI Cooper

The 2009 Mini Cooper is fun to drive and fuel-efficient, but a cramped cabin makes it less practical than other small cars. Read full review »

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.4
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:7.7
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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2011 Toyota Matrix

The 2011 Toyota Matrix is fuel-efficient and utilitarian, but reviewers said it can’t top its competitors because its performance is underwhelming, and it doesn’t offer nearly as ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.3
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2012 Toyota Corolla

The 2012 Toyota Corolla has a strong reliability score, but reviewers said a bland driving experience and dull interior design make it less desirable than many rivals. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2012 Honda Insight

While test drivers were impressed with the 2012 Honda Insight’s confident handling, they said that rival hybrids get better fuel economy, have roomier interiors and more standard ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:6.6
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:8.7
Safety:9.7
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2011 Scion tC

Packed with many standard interior and safety features, the 2011 Scion tC is a good choice for shoppers who want a sporty small car that is both ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.3
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2010 Subaru Impreza

The 2010 Subaru Impreza is one of the only cars in the class with standard all-wheel drive, but with lower fuel economy and reliability ratings than its ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.3
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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

Available as a sedan, hatchback or sporty Ralliart model, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer offers an array of trims. But with a low reliability score, some of the ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.7
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2010 Toyota Matrix

In addition to its good reliability and safety scores, the 2010 Toyota Matrix has a lot of cargo space and available all-wheel drive, making it a good ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.3
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2011 Nissan Sentra

The 2011 Nissan Sentra provides adequate transportation, but its safety and performance fall short of most other cars in the class. Read full review »

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:7.6
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#39
2013 Suzuki SX4

The 2013 Suzuki SX4 has ample cargo space and reviewers said it’s easy to park, but they disliked its noisy powertrain and cheap-looking cabin. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.3
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#39
2012 Nissan Sentra

With a poorer ride quality than rivals and a noisy CVT, critics said there are better small cars than the 2012 Nissan Sentra. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:7.6
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