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Used Upscale Small Cars $20K and up

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2011 Lexus CT Hybrid

When it debuted, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h was designed to mesh sporty performance with a fuel-efficient powertrain. While reviewers didn’t find it especially fun to drive, ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.4
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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2012 Lexus CT Hybrid

The 2012 Lexus CT 200h has superb fuel economy, though some reviewers said it falls short with leisurely acceleration and cramped rear seats. Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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2014 Lexus CT Hybrid

Reviewers said the 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid has a luxurious cabin and good fuel economy, but isn’t the sportiest car in the class. Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.6
Cost to Own: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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2014 Volkswagen GTI

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI's sporty handling, comfortable ride and high-end, roomy cabin make it one of the ... Read full review »

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Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 9.1
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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2013 Lexus CT Hybrid

The 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid gets great fuel economy, but test drivers were critical of its underpowered engine and lackluster cabin materials. Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.5
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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2012 Acura TSX

The 2012 Acura TSX comes loaded with standard features, and it pleased critics with an eye-catching interior ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.2
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2014 Nissan Leaf

The 2014 all-electric Nissan Leaf has a quiet, composed ride and good cargo space, but takes a long time to charge the battery with the basic charger, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 8.3
Reliability: NA
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2013 Acura TSX

Automotive writers praised the 2013 Acura TSX for its powerful available V6 engine, responsive handling and well-constructed interior. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 8.7
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Audi A3

Reviewers said the 2012 Audi A3 offers well-rounded performance, a premium interior and a large, versatile cargo area. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2014 Acura TSX

The 2014 Acura TSX offers poised handling, a comfortable ride and lots of standard features, but it ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 8.7
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 4_0
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2014 BMW 2-Series

Reviewers liked that the 2014 BMW 2-Series' has a powerful engine and sporty handling, but said it has some low-rent cabin materials and its infotainment system is ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2013 Audi A3

Reviewers were pleased with the Audi A3’s classy interior, powerful engines and balanced ride, but they noted that its infotainment controls can be hard to master. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2013 Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI gets good fuel economy, and reviewers were impressed with its handsome, roomy cabin and fun driving dynamics. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.9
Cost to Own: 8.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_0
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2014 Acura ILX

The 2014 Acura ILX has a long list of standard features and good fuel economy, but rivals offer more luxurious cabins and better driving dynamics, critics reported. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid has worse gas mileage than most rival hybrids, and critics said its engine feels underpowered on the highway, but it has a ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2014 Ford Focus Electric

The 2014 Ford Focus Electric has a poised ride, a comfortable cabin and lots of standard features, but it has a shorter electric range than some rivals. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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2012 BMW 1-Series

While it doesn’t have the best fuel economy in the class, the 2012 BMW 1-Series pleased reviewers with athletic handling and swift acceleration. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 8.2
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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2014 BMW i3

Reviewers said the 2014 BMW i3 has comfortable seats, enjoyable driving dynamics and a great electric range, but its cabin materials aren’t as good as what competitors ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

Although the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid gets good fuel economy for the class, it has little trunk space and reviewers complained about its underpowered engine and sparse ... Read full review »

Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2013 BMW 1-Series

The BMW 1-Series’ strong engines and sharp handling make it very engaging to drive, reviewers said, though it has meager trunk space and gets low fuel economy. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.0
Cost to Own: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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