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1
1996 Volkswagen Golf
41/49 
2
1996 Suzuki Swift
39/43 
3
1996 Ford Aspire
34/42 
4
1996 Toyota Tercel
34/40 
5
1996 Honda Civic
“Civic interiors are well-designed, neatly executed and more functional than ostentatious. Interior materials seem to have been selected with durability rather than maximum eye appeal in mind.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
33/38 
5
TIE
1996 Honda Del Sol
33/38 
6
1996 Mazda Protege
32/39 
7
1996 Nissan Sentra
30/40 
8
1996 Mercury Tracer
31/38 
9
1996 Saturn SL
29/40 
9
TIE
1996 Saturn SL1
29/40 
10
1996 Suzuki Esteem
31/37 
11
1996 Dodge Neon
28/38 
11
TIE
1996 Plymouth Neon
28/38 
11
TIE
1996 Saturn SW1
28/38 
12
1996 Hyundai Accent
28/37 
13
1996 Toyota Corolla
“With comfortable bucket seats in front and a three-place bench seat in the rear, Corolla is a congenial car for families with young children.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
29/34 
14
1996 Chevrolet Beretta
25/37 
14
TIE
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
“If there's anything great about the Cavalier, it's the powertrain.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
25/37 
14
TIE
1996 Pontiac Sunfire
25/37 
15
1996 Mitsubishi Mirage
28/32 
16
1996 Saturn SL2
25/35 
16
TIE
1996 Saturn SW2
25/35 
17
1996 Ford Escort
25/31 
18
1996 Hyundai Elantra
24/32 
19
1996 Oldsmobile Achieva
23/33 
20
1996 Kia Sephia
25/30 
21
1996 Subaru Impreza
22/29 
21
TIE
1996 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
22/29 
22
1996 Volkswagen Jetta
“Sharp steering response, a taut chassis and a superb driving position combine to make you forget about the wimpy 2.0-liter, 115-horsepower engine under the hood.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
19/26 
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