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Used Upscale Small Cars $20K and up

View the best used upscale small cars priced from $20,000 and up. 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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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:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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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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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.9
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_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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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_5
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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:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.0
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Lexus CT Hybrid

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

Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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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:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:9.0
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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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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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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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:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:7.5
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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2013 Lexus CT Hybrid

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

Used Car Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 5_0
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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:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2011 BMW 1-Series

The 2011 BMW 1-Series leads the class with top-notch performance, but its low reliability score and meager passenger and cargo space make it less practical than some ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:9.1
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.5
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:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.0
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2013 Volvo C30

While reviewers liked the Volvo C30’s first-class cabin, it doesn’t offer much cargo space for a hatchback and test drivers said it isn’t as sporty as rivals. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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2013 Ford Focus Electric

Reviewers liked the 2013 Ford Focus Electric’s strong acceleration and nimble handling, but said it has sensitive brakes, and its limited battery range may curb its appeal ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:6.5
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:9.1
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 MINI Cooper Countryman

While many upscale small cars earn a better reliability score, critics agreed that the 2012 Mini Countryman has nimble handling and a lively turbocharged engine. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_0
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2013 Acura ILX

The Acura ILX gets good fuel economy and a balanced ride, but reviewers disliked its underpowered base engine and small back seat. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:6.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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