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2011 Nissan LEAF
“Trips to lunch and nearby errands are easy and even occasionally pleasant, given the serenity of the low-noise propulsion system and the no-shift, always-on power delivery. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
106/92 
2
2011 Chevrolet Volt
“Acceleration is one continuous ooze of thrust - sort-of CVT-like, only without the engine drone.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
95/90 
3
2011 smart fortwo electric drive
“The convertible version is a no-charge option.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
94/79 
4
2011 Toyota Prius
“The 2010 Toyota Prius is almost all-new in almost every department. It does just about everything the previous Prius did better.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
51/48 
5
2011 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
40/43 
5
TIE
2011 Honda Insight
“The Insight is the car your accountant would recommend-and maybe demand after reading that disastrous 401K statement of yours. Imagine paying $24 for a fill-up that gives you a 435-mile driving range.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
40/43 
6
2011 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
33/41 
7
2011 Volkswagen Golf
“On long journeys it will eat up the Interstates with ease, driver and occupants barely noticing the distance traveled.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
30/42 
7
TIE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta
“The interior is clean, stylish and comfortable, while being smart, accommodating, and functional.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
30/42 
7
TIE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
“Impressive, solid, soft-touch materials abound, worthy of cars costing thousands more.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
30/42 
8
2011 Honda CR-Z
“On the plus side, the CR-Z is packed with technology and standard equipment for a very competitive price.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
31/37 
9
2011 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
28/38 
10
2011 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
29/37 
11
2011 Ford Fiesta
“While appearing not unlike a shrunken three-door Focus, the Fiesta has reasonably engaging lines, making for a fun, youthful image.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
28/37 
12
2011 Mazda Mazda2
“The low-inertia motor and tuning of the electric power steering made it just about the best unit we've experienced in a front-wheel-drive car in terms of feel and precision.” — Popular Mechanics   See More Reviews
29/35 
13
2011 Toyota Yaris
“It is Fuel-efficient, has comfortable ride quality, crisp handling, available sliding and reclining rear seats.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
29/36 
14
2011 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
27/36 
14
TIE
2011 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
27/36 
15
2011 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
28/35 
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2011 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
27/35 
17
2011 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
25/36 
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2011 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
28/34 
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2011 Nissan Sentra
“With its 140-hp four-banger and CVT, the Sentra 2.0SL is quite quiet and subdued... ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
27/34 
20
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
“The Cruze takes to the curves ably, with a competent suspension and good body control. ” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
24/36 
21
2011 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
27/33 
21
TIE
2011 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
27/33 
22
2011 Ford Focus
“The steering is light and linear and never feels artificial.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
25/34 
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TIE
2011 Kia Forte
“With the smaller engine and the automatic gearbox, the Forte didn't invite aggressive driving, but that's all the better to enjoy the spacious and well-appointed interior and airy greenhouse. The ride is relatively supple, and the car welcomes simply sliding it into drive and cruising.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
25/34 
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2011 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
25/33 
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2011 Kia Soul
“There's ambition aplenty in here, including a vivid red over black trim combo, a gearknob that looks like a lottery Thunderball, and the option of pulsing door-mounted speakers, whose intensity is controlled by a switch near the steering column.” — TopGear   See More Reviews
26/31 
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2011 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
25/30 
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2011 Nissan Versa
“Versa gets the nod if looking for high mileage without sacrificing room, comfort, looks and amenities.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
24/32 
27
2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring
23/31 
28
2011 Kia Forte Koup
“In transforming the handsome new Forte sedan into a positively stylish coupe the company's first two-door Kia seems to be now fully realizing the benefits of wooing away Audi designer Peter Schreyer...” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
22/32 
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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
“With an overall length slightly longer than the sedan's, the Sportback offers up to 52.7 cubic feet of load space when the 60/40 split folding second row is laid flat.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
22/31 
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2011 Scion tC
“The tC cuts a tight, concise path through corners and resists your palm motions with more manly weighting than in your typical Toyota.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
23/31 
31
2011 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
23/29 
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2011 Dodge Caliber
23/27 
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2011 Scion xB
“Scion xB is unabashedly boxy, and while to some that's what makes it such a stylish, fashionable urban device it's what makes it, to others, look a little too much like a delivery truck - or a refrigerator.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
22/28 
34
2011 Mazda Mazda3
“Much to our relief, the sequel to the original 3 maintains what we liked and even manages to improve on the original.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
20/28 
35
2011 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
20/27 
35
TIE
2011 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
20/27 
36
2011 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
20/26 
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2011 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
19/25 
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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
“Whether you just want a car that looks and handles sharper than the average econobox or you need something speedy enough to embarrass genuine sports cars, the Lancer lineup likely has something with your name on it. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
17/25 
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