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1
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 5
“Despite its small exterior dimensions, the Aveo's cabin has an open feel to it. A high seating position and broad windshield make for a good view out front, while the large rear window and short backseat headrests maximize rear visibility.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
$9,445 
2
2007 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
$11,349 
3
2007 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
$12,045 
4
2007 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
$12,450 
5
2007 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
$12,346 
6
2007 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
$12,345 
7
2007 Saturn ION
“Another fixture on Saturn's new small coupe is abbreviated rear doors. Like those on the S-Series coupe, they work like a clamshell and make it so much easier to reach items stored in the back seat.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
$12,435 
8
2007 Toyota Yaris
“It is Fuel-efficient, has comfortable ride quality, crisp handling, available sliding and reclining rear seats.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
$12,713 
9
2007 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
$13,042 
10
2007 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
$13,045 
11
2007 Ford Focus
“Excellent head and legroom, even in back.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
$14,014 
12
2007 Nissan Versa
“Versa gets the nod if looking for high mileage without sacrificing room, comfort, looks and amenities.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
$14,039 
13
2007 Pontiac G5
“...either G5 engine provides ample power for just about any situation.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
$13,962 
14
2007 Toyota Corolla
“There was nothing flashy about the cabin's design, but materials quality was very high for this class of car. There was ample room in the backseat, but the driving position was awkward.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
$14,040 
15
2007 Suzuki Forenza
“Standard on all Forenzas are air conditioning, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, tilt steering wheel, CD/cassette stereo with steering-wheel controls, and 15-inch wheels.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
$14,350 
16
2007 Toyota Matrix
“Steering is precise and even if the center of gravity is relatively high there is little body roll.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
$14,254 
17
2007 Suzuki Reno
“...the Reno has no difficulty keeping up in traffic, and if you equip it with the manual gearbox, you'll rarely wish for more power.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
$14,446 
18
2007 Honda Fit
“Superb flexibility, key features included standard, nimble handling.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
$14,623 
19
2007 Kia Spectra5
“The ride is quiet, and the interior is free of the usual booming and buzzing.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
$14,955 
20
2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
“Large doors and forward-flipping bucket seats make rear ingress/egress quite manageable.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
$15,466 
21
2007 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
$15,580 
22
2007 Suzuki Aerio
“The Aerio is a swift, gutsy, exceptionally agile little wagon -- an urban street fighter if ever there was one.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
$15,646 
23
2007 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
$15,790 
24
2007 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
$15,838 
25
2007 Mazda Mazda5
$16,606 
26
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
“Though no rocket, we found the Rabbit to be quick, responsive and fun to drive.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
$16,555 
27
2007 Dodge Caliber
$16,740 
28
2007 Mazda Mazda3
$17,246 
29
2007 Subaru Impreza
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
$17,173 
30
2007 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
$18,267 
31
2007 Volkswagen Jetta
“Steering feel is excellent, and the Jetta stays neatly on course on straightaways.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
$18,334 
32
2007 Nissan Sentra
$18,558 
33
2007 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
$19,162 
34
2007 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
$19,403 
35
2007 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
$20,788 
36
2007 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
$21,171 
37
2007 Audi A3
“The rear seats are also comfortable, and there's a lot more head and leg room available than the tapered exterior would suggest. A six-foot-tall driver and a like-sized rear-seat passenger had room to spare.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
$23,404 
38
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
$25,427 
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