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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:8.1
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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Used Car Scores
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:8.1
Interior:7.8
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:7.9
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:8.0
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:8.0
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:9.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.7
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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:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.9
Interior:9.0
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.0
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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:8.1
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:9.1
Safety:9.3
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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:7.4
Interior:8.3
Operating Cost:8.1
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:7.6
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:7.8
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:7.8
Interior:7.9
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:7.9
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:7.5
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 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 »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:10.0
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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 »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:10.0
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