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#1
2015 Volkswagen Golf

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The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf wows the automotive press with agile handling, exceptional cargo space and remarkable interior quality.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:9.3
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2015 Honda Fit

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Abundant cargo space, a roomy back seat and a comfortable ride make the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit a standout among small hatchbacks, reviewers say. It also has ... Read full review»

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Overall:9.2
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Subaru WRX

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Reviewers say the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is incredibly fun to drive thanks to its robust engine, nimble handling and standard all-wheel drive. Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mazda Mazda3

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With terrific handling, a high-quality interior and strong engine options, reviewers say the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 is a top choice among compact cars. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:9.3
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Honda Civic

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The 2015 Honda Civic stands out in a competitive segment with a classy and spacious cabin, a smooth transmission and good fuel economy for the class, reviewers ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Kia Soul

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The 2015 Kia Soul impresses reviewers with upscale cabin materials and an abundance of standard and optional features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: NA
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze

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The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze has a comfortable ride, balanced handling, a potent diesel engine option and a large trunk for the class, test drivers say. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: $17,170 - $24,370
  • MPG: 26 (Est) City / 36 (Est) Hwy

#7
2015 Ford Focus

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The refreshed 2015 Ford Focus wins reviewers over with nimble handling and a classy cabin that features premium materials. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Kia Forte

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Automotive journalists say the 2015 Kia Forte is a good value that offers comfortable seating, a roomy cabin and trunk as well as an abundance of tech ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: NA
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2015 Kia Rio

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While some dislike its stiff ride, auto writers praise the 2015 Kia Rio’s lively engine, long warranty and high-quality cabin in higher trims. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Buick Verano

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Reviewers praise the Buick Verano’s premium and near-silent cabin, but they say its base engine is underpowered and its handling isn’t as sporty as some rivals’. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2014 Subaru Impreza

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Automotive journalists love the 2014 Subaru Impreza’s roomy cabin and standard all-wheel drive, but also wish it had a bit more power on the highway. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.6
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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Test drivers say the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is quite nimble, and they like its spacious rear seat and generous list of available features. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Chevrolet Volt

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Auto writers like the 2015 Chevrolet Volt’s strong electric powertrain, but they’re disappointed with its small cargo area and tight rear seats. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:6.5
Safety:9.1
Reliability: NA
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2015 Ford Fiesta

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Though some are let down by its confusing tech features and small back seat, critics agree that the 2015 Ford Fiesta offers nimble driving dynamics and a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.5
Safety:7.0
Reliability: NA
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2015 Hyundai Accent

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Though it isn’t available with many tech features, the 2015 Hyundai Accent pleases critics with ample cargo space and a comfortable ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: NA
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2015 Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius is a dull performer, according to critics, with lethargic acceleration and bland handling, but they like its excellent fuel economy and spacious cabin. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV distinguishes itself with a competitive price, peppy acceleration and a smooth ride, reviewers say, but a long charge time may make it ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.5
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2015 Hyundai Elantra

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Though critics say the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers ample cargo space, good fuel economy and user-friendly tech features, some are let down by its sluggish base engine ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 MINI Cooper

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The 2015 Mini Cooper is extremely fun to drive, auto writers say, and now offers a four-door model with a larger back seat and more cargo space. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.7
Interior:7.5
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Nissan Leaf

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While some say it could use more highway passing power, the all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf pleases critics with a spacious cabin and controlled handling. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.0
Reliability: NA
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2014 Toyota Prius c

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The 2014 Toyota Prius c offers class-leading fuel economy and reviewers praise its roomy cabin and low base price, but say rival cars offer sportier handling and ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:6.3
Interior:7.0
Safety:8.3
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2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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While some say its tech features could be improved, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta pleases reviewers with a spacious cabin and a range of responsive engine choices.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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2015 Toyota Corolla

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The 2015 Toyota Corolla should satisfy if you’re looking for a commuter car with a spacious back seat, reviewers say, but many rivals are more fun to ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Dodge Dart

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Reviewers like the 2015 Dodge Dart’s agile handling and easy-to-use tech features, but some take issue with its uncomfortable front seats and underpowered base engine. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Volkswagen Eos

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The 2015 Volkswagen Eos’ small rear seat and trunk disappoint some critics, but they like its innovative convertible top and high-end interior materials. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 FIAT 500

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Test drivers write that the base Fiat 500 falls short with an underpowered engine and cheap interior materials, though they love the Fiat 500 Abarth’s thrilling performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid

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The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid gets great fuel economy and auto writers praise its spacious cabin, but say rivals simply stand out for their sporty performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.3
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2014 Scion xB

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The 2014 Scion xB has a roomy cabin, lots of cargo space and a tempting price, auto writers say, but its lackluster fuel economy makes rival cars ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.7
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2015 Chevrolet Spark

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While it isn’t the most powerful car in the class, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good option for city commuters seeking a modern interior and a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 MINI Cooper Paceman

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The 2015 Mini Paceman has nimble handling and strong engine options, according to reviewers, but they think the base engine isn’t very powerful, and that the Paceman ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:8.1
Interior:7.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Honda CR-Z

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The 2015 Honda CR-Z is more nimble than most hybrids, but limited seating means that its cabin could be more practical, according to auto writers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.1
Reliability: NA
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2014 Volkswagen Beetle

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Reviewers say the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle provides a distinctive blend of nostalgia and performance, though some rivals offer better fuel economy and a lower base price. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.8
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2015 Hyundai Veloster

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Reviewers like the 2015 Hyundai Veloster’s modern cabin design, but say its base engine is underpowered and that it has an uncomfortable ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Nissan Sentra

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Though test drivers say the 2014 Nissan Sentra has a roomy back seat and plenty of cargo space, it’s surpassed by rivals that offer more powerful engines ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:6.2
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
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2015 Scion tC

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Reviewers think the 2015 Scion tC is appealing as an affordable coupe with ample cabin space, but that rival coupes offer better performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Toyota Yaris

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The 2015 Toyota Yaris has a high-quality interior and good fuel economy, according to critics, but many rivals have better performance at a similar price. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.4
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Scion iQ

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Automotive writers say the 2014 Scion iQ sips gas and is a cinch to park, but rival cars are cheaper, more spacious and more refined. Read full review»

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Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.5
Interior:6.7
Safety:8.7
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2015 Nissan Versa

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Reviewers say the 2015 Nissan Versa offers a roomy cabin and good gas mileage at a rock-bottom price, but they dislike its no-frills interior and lackluster performance. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.9
Safety:7.1
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Test drivers agree that although the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has nimble handling, it stumbles with low-rent cabin materials and a noisy ride. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.7
Performance:7.0
Interior:6.0
Safety:8.0
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage may get superb fuel economy, but critics are disappointed by its dreary cabin, clumsy handling and noisy, underpowered engine. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.1
Critics' Rating:5.6
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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