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Used Upscale Small Cars under $20K

View the best used upscale small cars priced under $20,000. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find used upscale small cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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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 cramped rear ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 9.2
Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 5_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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 9.0
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 9.2
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_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: 8.9
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 5_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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.8
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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2013 Buick Verano

Reviewers praised the Buick Verano’s quiet, well-built cabin and peppy available turbocharged engine, though some said the ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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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: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.2
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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2014 Buick Verano

The 2014 Buick Verano bests most competitors with its composed handling, elegant cabin and impressive passenger and ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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2013 Nissan Leaf

Automotive writers liked that the 2013 Nissan Leaf has strong acceleration and drives much like a gas-only car, but its limited battery range maybe be a deterrent ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 4_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 9.0
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_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: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 9.8
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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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 »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 4_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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 9.1
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_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: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2009 Acura TSX

The 2009 Acura TSX has a well-equipped, high-quality interior and top safety score. However, it has a poor reliability rating, and some test drivers thought rivals offered ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 8.5
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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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: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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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: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_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: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.6
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

The 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman has good fuel economy, plenty of passenger space and does well in crash tests. However, it ranks low in its class due ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.