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1
2001 Honda Insight
“It drives like a normal small car, yet it is one of the most fuel-efficient and cleanest gasoline-powered cars in the world.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
57/56 
2
2001 Toyota Prius
52/45 
3
2001 Suzuki Swift
36/42 
4
2001 Toyota Echo
“Base price is appealing.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
34/41 
5
2001 Chevrolet Prizm
32/41 
5
TIE
2001 Toyota Corolla
“It may not attract much attention, but the Toyota Corolla is an excellent choice if you want reliable, durable, comfortable transportation.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
32/41 
6
2001 Honda Civic
“If you're looking for a practical and refined car with a little sporty flair, this one is very hard to beat.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
32/39 
7
2001 Saturn SL
29/40 
7
TIE
2001 Saturn SL1
29/40 
8
2001 Saturn SL2
27/38 
8
TIE
2001 Saturn SW2
27/38 
9
2001 Hyundai Accent
“Relatively quiet inside the cabin.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
28/36 
9
TIE
2001 Mitsubishi Mirage
28/36 
10
2001 Mazda Protege
29/34 
11
2001 Suzuki Esteem
28/35 
12
2001 Daewoo Lanos
26/36 
13
2001 Dodge Neon
“Upgrades to the Neon's interior give the [R/T package] the feel of a small luxury sedan.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
27/33 
13
TIE
2001 Plymouth Neon
27/33 
14
2001 Ford Escort
26/33 
14
TIE
2001 Nissan Sentra
“Environmentally conscious people will love the [California-only] Sentra CA...touted as the cleanest gasoline-powered vehicle in the world.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
26/33 
15
2001 Ford Focus
“Excellent head and legroom, even in back.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
25/33 
15
TIE
2001 Hyundai Elantra
“Ride and handling are quite good.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
25/33 
16
2001 Volkswagen Jetta
“The Volkswagen Jetta is beautifully wrought inside and out.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
25/31 
16
TIE
2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
“Large doors and forward-flipping bucket seats make rear ingress/egress quite manageable.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
25/31 
17
2001 Volkswagen Golf
“With its hatchback design, the Golf can carry an enormous amount of cargo.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
24/31 
18
2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
“If there's anything great about the Cavalier, it's the powertrain.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
22/32 
18
TIE
2001 Pontiac Sunfire
22/32 
19
2001 Kia Sephia
24/29 
19
TIE
2001 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
24/29 
20
2001 Kia Rio
“The chassis felt tight. Hit a bump and the expected rattles weren't there.” — USA Today   See More Reviews
22/30 
21
2001 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
23/29 
22
2001 Subaru Impreza
21/28 
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