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2006 Volkswagen Jetta
“Steering feel is excellent, and the Jetta stays neatly on course on straightaways.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
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2006 Volkswagen Rabbit
“Though no rocket, we found the Rabbit to be quick, responsive and fun to drive.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.5 
2
2006 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
3.2 
3
2006 Volkswagen Golf
“The interior has excellent fit, finish, and interior space that will likely be the leader of the class. ” — WashingtonPost.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
3
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2006 Volkswagen New Beetle
“Large doors and forward-flipping bucket seats make rear ingress/egress quite manageable.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
3.0 
4
2006 MINI Hardtop
2.7 
5
2006 Ford Focus
“Excellent head and legroom, even in back.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2.5 
5
TIE
2006 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
2.5 
6
2006 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
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 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
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 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
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 Hyundai Elantra
“Ride and handling are quite good.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 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
2.2 
6
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2006 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
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 Kia Spectra5
“The ride is quiet, and the interior is free of the usual booming and buzzing.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 Mazda Mazda3
“With its distinctive snout, smooth flanks and shapely rear end, it looks more like a downsized European-bred machine than a Japanese car that starts well under $20,000.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.2 
6
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2006 Mazda Mazda5
2.2 
6
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2006 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
2.2 
6
TIE
2006 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
2.2 
6
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2006 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
2.2 
7
2006 Scion xA
“The driving position is comfortable; the seats are competent, although anything more than a long commute might uncover some of the unavoidable consequences of the xA's affordability.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.0 
7
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2006 Subaru Impreza
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
2.0 
7
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2006 Subaru Impreza WRX
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
2.0 
8
2006 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
1.7 
8
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2006 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
1.7 
8
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2006 Saturn ION
“Another fixture on Saturn's new small coupe is abbreviated rear doors. Like those on the S-Series coupe, they work like a clamshell and make it so much easier to reach items stored in the back seat.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
1.7 
8
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2006 Suzuki Aerio
“The Aerio is a swift, gutsy, exceptionally agile little wagon -- an urban street fighter if ever there was one.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
1.7 
8
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2006 Suzuki Aerio SX
“The Aerio is a swift, gutsy, exceptionally agile little wagon -- an urban street fighter if ever there was one.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
1.7 
8
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2006 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
1.7 
9
2006 Scion xB
“Standard equipment includes ABS, antiskid/traction control, air conditioning, CD stereo, power windows/locks/mirrors, and split folding rear seat.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
1.5 
10
2006 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
1.2 
10
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2006 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
1.2 
11
2006 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
“The seats are very comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustment for the driver.” — Woman Motorist   See More Reviews
0.7 
12
2006 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
0.5 
13
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer
“Lancer Ralliart is a solid little performer. Though not as quick as the Lancer Evolution, Ralliart provides a satisfying sports-sedan experience for real-world driving chores as well as back-road jaunts.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
0.2 
2006 Nissan Sentra
“[The SE-R] is just plain fun to drive...a sporty car you can deal with every day.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
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