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1997 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
5.0 
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1997 Nissan Sentra
5.0 
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1997 Subaru Impreza
5.0 
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1997 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
5.0 
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1997 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
5.0 
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1997 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
4.0 
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1997 Hyundai Accent
3.0 
3
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1997 Hyundai Elantra
3.0 
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier
“If there's anything great about the Cavalier, it's the powertrain.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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1997 Dodge Neon
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1997 Ford Aspire
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1997 Ford Escort
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1997 Honda Del Sol
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1997 Kia Sephia
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1997 Mazda MX-6
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1997 Mazda Protege
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1997 Mercury Tracer
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1997 Mitsubishi Mirage
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1997 Oldsmobile Achieva
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1997 Plymouth Neon
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1997 Pontiac Sunfire
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1997 Saturn Saturn
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1997 Suzuki Esteem
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1997 Suzuki Swift
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1997 Toyota Tercel
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1997 Volkswagen Golf
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