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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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2011 Honda Civic

The highly-ranked 2011 Honda Civic is a well-rounded small car that offers a strong reliability rating and ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:8.5
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2011 Honda Fit

Even though it’s a small hatchback, the highly-ranked 2011 Honda Fit can haul five people comfortably and ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:9.1
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
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2012 Honda Fit

The 2012 Honda Fit has strong fuel economy ratings, and reviewers praised its large and versatile cargo ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:9.0
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.0
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2011 Mazda Mazda3

The 2011 Mazda3 is one of the best-performing 2011 used small cars, and it has a quality interior, class-competitive list of interior features and good safety scores. Read full review »

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.0
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2012 Ford Focus

Test drivers said that the 2012 Ford Focus distinguishes itself from other compact cars with nimble handling and a premium interior. Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2010 Honda Civic

When it was new, reviewers agreed that the 2010 Honda Civic offered a winning combination of substance and style. Today, the Civic still stands out as one ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

With an upscale cabin, a sporty, yet comfortable, ride and excellent gas mileage in higher trims, reviewers ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.7
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2012 Hyundai Elantra

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra gets terrific gas mileage and reviewers loved its smooth ride, attractive cabin and numerous available features. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has impressive fuel economy, great safety scores and a spacious cabin that can be equipped to near-luxury levels. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.7
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2011 Hyundai Elantra

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra ranks toward the top of its class for its excellent fuel economy ratings, ample cargo and passenger space and outstanding safety scores. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.8
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:10.0
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2011 Scion xB

The highly-ranked 2011 Scion xB has flashy styling, ample passenger and cargo space and impressive tech features that make it a solid used small car. It also ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:10.0
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2013 Ford Fiesta

The 2013 Ford Fiesta gets excellent gas mileage and reviewers liked its stylish cabin and said that sharp steering makes it a lot of fun behind the ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
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2012 Scion xB

While some 2012 small cars get better gas mileage, reviewers liked the 2012 Scion xB’s spacious cabin, ample cargo space and numerous standard features. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.7
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2011 Honda Civic Hybrid

The 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid’s high fuel economy ratings, good reliability scores and strong list of standard features make it a smart choice for shoppers looking for ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.8
Safety:7.0
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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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2011 Volkswagen Golf

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf stands out among used small cars with enjoyable driving dynamics, ample interior space and a quality cabin, though its reliability rating is below-average ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.7
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2012 Kia Rio

The redesigned 2012 Kia Rio is thrifty with fuel, and reviewers praised its athletic handling and upscale cabin. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.4
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.9
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2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks highly among 2010 small cars for its many standard features, excellent fuel economy and high safety ratings. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.7
Safety:9.1
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2010 Volkswagen Golf

The 2010 Volkswagen Golf’s available diesel engine, engaging performance and quality, spacious interior put it a notch above many competitors. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.0
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2012 Kia Forte

Reviewers said the 2012 Kia Forte offers a large trunk and a cabin that’s chock full of tech features, but some rivals are more fun to drive. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.4
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.0
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