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Used Upscale Small Cars under $20K

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2011 Acura TSX

With a long list of standard features and excellent safety and reliability scores, the 2011 Acura TSX ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:10.0
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2012 Buick Verano

While some reviewers said it could use more power, the 2012 Buick Verano excels with a comfortable ride and luxurious interior. Read full review »

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:10.0
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2011 Nissan Leaf

Choosing the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf means you’ll never need to visit a gas station again. If you only need to travel on short trips, the Leaf, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:9.2
Safety:9.3
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2011 Audi A3

The 2011 Audi A3 has a lot to offer: a TDI diesel trim with impressive fuel economy, outstanding safety ratings, fun driving dynamics and a well-crafted interior. ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:10.0
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2011 Volkswagen GTI

With delightful driving dynamics, a well-constructed interior and excellent safety scores, the 2011 Volkswagen GTI zooms past ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:9.0
Interior:9.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.7
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2010 Audi A3

The 2010 Audi A3 combines top-notch performance with a quality interior and plenty of cargo space. While its reliability rating trails much of the competition, the A3 ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.9
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:10.0
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2012 Volkswagen GTI

Though the 2012 Volkswagen GTI has a low reliability score, critics liked its controlled handling, spacious rear ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.5
Interior:9.1
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.7
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2010 Volvo C30

The 2010 Volvo C30 is more than just a stylish, retro-inspired hatchback. The C30’s outstanding safety ratings, strong reliability and well-equipped cabin make it a smart buy ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:N/A
Safety:10.0
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2012 Nissan Leaf

The 2012 Nissan Leaf is environmentally friendly, but a lot of car buyers may find its limited range and cramped interior hard to live with. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:9.1
Safety:9.3
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2010 Volkswagen GTI

The 2010 Volkswagen GTI offers refined performance, a well-made, spacious cabin and good gas mileage. While the ... Read full review »

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.9
Interior:9.0
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.0
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2010 Acura TSX

When it was new, the 2010 Acura TSX impressed reviewers with its high-quality interior and long list of standard features. As a used car, the TSX also ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:10.0
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2009 Audi A3

The 2009 Audi A3 is a sleek-looking hatchback with a well-made cabin and sports car-like performance. It also has an outstanding safety score, though its poor reliability ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:10.0
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2009 Volkswagen GTI

Reviewers found few flaws with the 2009 Volkswagen GTI. They said that performance is outstanding and that the interior is high-quality. However, rival small cars offer better ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.9
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:8.5
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2012 Volvo C30

Critics agreed that the 2012 Volvo C30 has composed handling and an attractive interior design, though it has a small cargo area for a hatchback. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:10.0
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2011 Saab 9-3

The 2011 Saab 9-3 has good safety ratings, available all-wheel drive and a decent reliability score. However, reviewers thought that some competitors surpassed it with better performance ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:7.7
Safety:9.3
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2009 Saab 9-3

Impressive cargo space and available all-wheel drive help the 2009 Saab 9-3 stand out from the pack. However, rival cars offer nicer interiors.   Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:7.4
Safety:8.9
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2009 Volvo C30

The four-seat 2009 Volvo C30 is a solid upscale small car with a well-liked turbocharged engine and a stylish exterior design, though some rival hatchbacks offer more ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:N/A
Safety:10.0
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2009 Volvo S40

The 2009 Volvo S40 offers the highest reliability score in the class, along with a feature-packed interior, but the base model’s performance comes up a little short ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:N/A
Safety:8.9
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2011 Volvo C30

The 2011 Volvo C30 offers classic styling, great safety scores and an attractive, well-equipped interior. However, if you need a lot of passenger space or you’re looking ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:10.0
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2011 Volvo S40

The 2011 Volvo S40 stands out with good gas mileage and a lot of standard interior features, but some rivals offer more interior space and better performance. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:8.7
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