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1
2009 Volkswagen Jetta
“Steering feel is excellent, and the Jetta stays neatly on course on straightaways.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
1
TIE
2009 MINI Clubman
“Responses to driver inputs are quick, and the Cooper sucks its driver into the experience, delivering lots of feedback through the steering wheel, driver seat and pedals.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
1
TIE
2009 MINI Hardtop
“The toggle switches and the stalk switches for the headlights and turn signals are pleasing to look at and offer a satisfying feel in use, clearly benefiting from the BMW touch. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
2009 Audi A3
“...fluid, elastic acceleration....Strikes a nice balance between performance and ride comfort.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.6 
3
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
“As a runabout that's not too big and not too small, (Impreza is) solid, safe, simple, and provides standard all-wheel drive so it's ready for any highway driving condition. It's good for the daily commute or for heading to the mountains in January.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.4 
4
2009 Dodge Caliber
3.3 
5
2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 Nissan Sentra
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 Scion tC
“On the move, the tC feels eager to run. The big reason (literally) for the tC's puppylike demeanor is its 2.4-liter inline four.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 Hyundai Elantra
“The Hyundai Elantra is often overlooked, but it's a roomy and well-built small sedan with surprisingly sophisticated road manners. It is a must-drive if you're in the market for an economy car.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 Mazda Mazda5
3.2 
5
TIE
2009 Pontiac G5
“...either G5 engine provides ample power for just about any situation.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
6
2009 Ford Focus
“The steering is light and linear and never feels artificial.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.1 
6
TIE
2009 Honda Civic
“It has a sleek new aerodynamic body with a sweeping roofline, rakish windshield angle and low, wide stance. Interiors are blessed with more style and function.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.1 
6
TIE
2009 Subaru Impreza
“As a runabout that's not too big and not too small, (Impreza is) solid, safe, simple, and provides standard all-wheel drive so it's ready for any highway driving condition. It's good for the daily commute or for heading to the mountains in January.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.1 
6
TIE
2009 Saturn Astra
3.1 
6
TIE
2009 Scion xB
“in the second row, there's now enough room for adults.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
3.1 
6
TIE
2009 Toyota Prius
“The new Prius' skin turns in a coefficient of drag of 0.26, about the lowest ever for a production car.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.1 
6
TIE
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
“Though no rocket, we found the Rabbit to be quick, responsive and fun to drive.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.1 
7
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
“Sweet gearbox, sweet seats, plenty of legroom in back. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.0 
7
TIE
2009 Scion xD
“The xD is comfortable, without wallowing in a way that makes the driver think the car is floating around underneath.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.0 
7
TIE
2009 Toyota Matrix
“Turn-in precision is impressive: Being a front-wheel-drive car, the Matrix tends to understeer during hard cornering, but I was surprised by how well it held the line. ” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
7
TIE
2009 Mazda Mazda3
3.0 
7
TIE
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
“Large doors and forward-flipping bucket seats make rear ingress/egress quite manageable.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
3.0 
8
2009 Pontiac Vibe
“On the road, we found the base model pleasant and comfortable with a hatchback's cargo-hauling versatility. The GT offers more driving excitement.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.9 
8
TIE
2009 Suzuki SX4
“ The nimble and utilitarian SX4 not only drives well compared to other cars like it, its interior is high-quality, the cabin is quiet and the seats are supportive.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
2.9 
8
TIE
2009 Pontiac G3
“Features such as air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, rear-window defroster, AM/FM/CD audio system with an aux input jack for an iPod or other device, fog lamps, intermittent windshield wipers, and OnStar are all standard.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2.9 
9
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
“While driving the Civic Hybrid, the battery meter and charge/assist gauge provided instant rewards in exchange for efficient driving.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
2.8 
9
TIE
2009 Nissan Cube
“Nissan's Cube offers a surprising amount of space and practicality in a small and highly styled packaged. People shopping small sport utility vehicles, and outgoing folk looking for something beyond the ordinary subcompact universe should give Nissan's personality infused little box a look.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2.8 
10
2009 Kia Spectra5
“The ride is quiet, and the interior is free of the usual booming and buzzing.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2.7 
10
TIE
2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
“As a runabout that's not too big and not too small, (Impreza is) solid, safe, simple, and provides standard all-wheel drive so it's ready for any highway driving condition. It's good for the daily commute or for heading to the mountains in January.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.7 
11
2009 Kia Rio
“The black-plastic trapezoidal mesh grille residing betwixt the angular headlamps looks serious. Directly below, the tall bumper with black plastic whiskers protruding on either side adds a sense of aggressiveness.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2.5 
11
TIE
2009 Kia Rio5
“Unlike the previous four-door Rio and Cinco wagon, the redesigned sedan and five-door Rio5 add a bit of styling flair to the compact car segment. The front end features a black mesh grille, black air dam insert, and more pronounced hood lines. The side flanks add sporty wheel flares, and the rear end has been reshaped for a cleaner appearance.” — AutoSite.com   See More Reviews
2.5 
11
TIE
2009 Nissan Versa
“Versa gets the nod if looking for high mileage without sacrificing room, comfort, looks and amenities.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
2.5 
11
TIE
2009 Toyota Yaris
“It is Fuel-efficient, has comfortable ride quality, crisp handling, available sliding and reclining rear seats.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.5 
12
2009 Hyundai Accent
“...cruise control is added to the Popular Equipment Package, and the SE Premium Package now includes a power sunroof. Those with an eye on pump prices and their wallet will be happy to know that fuel economy estimates are up...” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2.4 
12
TIE
2009 smart fortwo
“It is the smallest car curious Americans will likely ever get into, and the seeming vulnerability of its golf-cart dimensions, riding on little 15-inch donuts, may frighten off a lot of buyers. But it's very easy to get into and out of; it's not at all cramped inside-in fact, it has about the same legroom, and close to the headroom, of a Cadillac Escalade. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, the materials inside are first-rate, and the view out the windshield is panoramic. And the fortwo comes with an odd feeling when one notices that each of the doors runs almost the entire length of the car.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2.4 
13
2009 Toyota Corolla
“No matter the model, the Toyota Corolla is a hop-in-and-go kind of car. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.3 
13
TIE
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
“Handling is quite good for a car in this class, with reasonably good manners in corners and a compliant ride around town.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.3 
14
2009 Honda Fit
“In true Honda form, it's as if Honda has created a 100-point check list and targeted an improvement for every item.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2.2 
15
2009 Kia Spectra
“The suspension is impressive for this class of car. Lotus Engineering, creator of exotic, world-class sports cars, tuned the Spectra's suspension to optimize handling and ride quality.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.1 
16
2009 Chevrolet Aveo
“The Aveo interior is better than you might expect for such a low-cost car. The seats offer a solid fit and are quite comfortable, with high-density foam under the LS's deluxe cloth in a tweedy pattern.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
1.9 
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