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2008 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
5.0 
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2008 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
5.0 
1
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2008 Honda Fit
“Superb flexibility, key features included standard, nimble handling.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2008 Mazda Mazda3
5.0 
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2008 Nissan Sentra
5.0 
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2008 Scion xB
“in the second row, there's now enough room for adults.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2008 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
5.0 
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2008 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
5.0 
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2008 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
5.0 
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2008 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
5.0 
1
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2008 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
5.0 
1
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2008 Toyota Yaris
“It is Fuel-efficient, has comfortable ride quality, crisp handling, available sliding and reclining rear seats.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
“Though no rocket, we found the Rabbit to be quick, responsive and fun to drive.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
5.0 
2
2008 Ford Focus
“The steering is light and linear and never feels artificial.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
“Sweet gearbox, sweet seats, plenty of legroom in back. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2008 Nissan Versa
“Versa gets the nod if looking for high mileage without sacrificing room, comfort, looks and amenities.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2008 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
4.0 
2
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2008 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
4.0 
2
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2008 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
4.0 
2
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2008 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
4.0 
2
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2008 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
4.0 
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta
“Steering feel is excellent, and the Jetta stays neatly on course on straightaways.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
“Large doors and forward-flipping bucket seats make rear ingress/egress quite manageable.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
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2008 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
4.0 
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2008 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
3.0 
3
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2008 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
3.0 
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2008 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
3.0 
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2008 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
3.0 
3
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2008 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
3.0 
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2008 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
2.0 
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2008 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
2.0 
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2008 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
2.0 
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2008 Kia Spectra5
“The ride is quiet, and the interior is free of the usual booming and buzzing.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2.0 
5
2008 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
1.0 
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2008 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
1.0 
2008 Dodge Caliber
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2008 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
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2008 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
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2008 Mazda Mazda5
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2008 Pontiac G5
“...either G5 engine provides ample power for just about any situation.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2008 Saturn Astra
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