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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
2015 Kia Rio
“The light weight of the car and the healthy output of its engine in conjunction with the rigid feel of the Rio's chassis, and a suspension tuned slightly to the firm end of the spectrum, give the Rio a sporty feel.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Hyundai Accent
“...this doesn't feel like an economy car on the inside. Its interior is typical of Hyundai's current cars, with ritzy materials throughout.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Nissan Versa Note
“Nissan has hollowed out the Note's interior to provide surprising space. Various Nissan charts show the Note as being best in class in a number of interior measurements, but the one that impresses most is rear-seat space.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Scion iQ
“Sensitive to American drivers' worries about safety in small cars, Scion squeezes 11 airbags into the tiny cabin, including the first-ever rear-window airbag. ” — Popular Mechanics   See More Reviews
2015 Kia Forte
“There's an exceptionally roomy trunk by compact-sedan standards - and the rear seatbacks can flop forward to expand that capacity.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Chevrolet Spark
“It is, however, fairly roomy inside, thanks to its upright profile. Our six-foot-seven driver fit comfortably up front, with enough space left over for a real human in the seat behind him. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Nissan Sentra
“Those are real LEDs you're seeing dressing up the headlights and taillights; they're standard equipment.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Toyota Yaris
“The dashboard is pleasing, and Toyota has moved the speedometer to in front of the driver where it belongs.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 FIAT 500
“It's fuel-efficient, easy to toss around and can be parked without aid of cameras or warnings.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Nissan Versa
“The cabin is comfortable and offers a good number of conveniences. In short, the Nissan Versa is a roomy, practical small car. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 Chevrolet Sonic
“Placement of buttons and controls in the Sonic's interior is logical, and they're easy to reach.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Scion xB
“Boxy, like-no-other design” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2015 Chevrolet Cruze
“The Cruze takes to the curves ably, with a competent suspension and good body control. ” —   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Hyundai Veloster
“It's a rare occurrence when bold design is married to a car that is accessible to shoppers on a budget. The Hyundai Veloster is that rarity among hatchbacks, with evocative styling, a unique asymmetrical three-door layout and respectable performance.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Honda Civic
“...the new Civic sedan isolates its driver and occupants from the outside world in a way its predecessors did not. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Kia Forte Koup
“UVO is Kia's integrated telematics and infotainment system, offering a host of cool capabilities, many of them voice-activated.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2015 Hyundai Elantra GT
“...the GT represents yet another snappy interpretation of Hyundai's latest design language.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Ford Focus
“The engineers and designers felt able to make the Focus sportier (by lowering its seating position and overall height) due to the upcoming C-Max'a tall-roof, five- or seven-seat derivative off this platform--that fulfills the family-car mission.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Mazda Mazda3
“the latest Mazda 3 reasserts its place as a premier choice for a small sedan or hatchback.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Honda Fit
“...allowed Honda to move the rear seat an incredible 4.8 inches farther back from the front.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 FIAT 500c
“The NVH gurus have done their job to keep the noise down - the cabin remains quiet even on the highway with heavy rain pelting the fabric top.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Kia Soul
“Soul handles much better than before, thanks to a better chassis and a retuned suspension.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2015 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. ” —   See More Reviews
2015 Hyundai Elantra
“The Hyundai Elantra combines a roomy cabin, lots of equipment, impressive fuel economy, and a low price. ” — Consumer Reports   See More Reviews
2015 Mazda Mazda5
“All the controls and responses are in harmony, making it easy (and fun) to wring the most out of the Mazda 5. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Subaru Impreza
“With good fuel economy to match its all-weather traction, you can get a lot of car for a reasonable price...” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2015 Toyota Corolla
“...the fresh interior is a big step forward, bringing a newfound sense of style along with widely available niceties like a user-friendly touchscreen and automatic climate control.” —   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Dodge Dart
“A little road noise finds its way through the suspension, depending on pavement composition, but wind noise is nil, thanks to the aero refinements. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid
“The 5-passenger cabin is filled with attractive, soft-touch surfaces that combine to produce a remarkably upscale feel, particularly for this class of vehicle. Ergonomics are excellent, with controls that are user-friendly and easily accessible. Headroom is overly abundant in all seating positions, and rear legroom is suitable for six-footers.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2015 Ford Focus ST
“The precision of the steering and the crisp action of the six-speed manual transmission make you feel as if you're in touch with this car's mechanical soul..... In the end the Ford Focus ST delivers just the sort of European refinement that it projects at first glance.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Toyota Prius c
“Doing our eco best on a 15-mile loop, we managed an indicated 55 mpg. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 FIAT 500L
“The high roof and the huge front quarter-windows lend the interior a capacious feeling, and the cabin's fun "squircle"-shaped design theme and its quality materials make it feel Euro-stylish. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Honda Civic Hybrid
“While the standard, ninth-generation Honda Civic goes down the road with almost no fervor, the iconic small car has become more comfortable, more advanced, and easier to live with as it matures.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Buick Verano
“Our test-driver called the Buick's steering "crystal clear" thanks to its ample response and precision.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Volkswagen Beetle
“The...Beetle's exterior styling remains its most distinguishable feature, with a retro styling that's more masculine and aggressive than the bubbly previous generation.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV
“With a punchy motor, decent range, and are-you-serious pricing, the Chevy Spark EV would be a compelling car for city-dwellers across the country.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Volkswagen Golf
“The body feels stiff, the chassis firm, and the steering is as responsive as ever.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Volkswagen Jetta
“The interior is clean, stylish and comfortable, while being smart, accommodating, and functional.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 smart fortwo electric drive
“....power and torque come on instantly at each throttle jab, another reason why the Smart ED's package is so compelling.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Ford Focus Electric
“Its electric motor and direct-drive transmission result in a smooth power delivery. Acceleration is impressive at low speeds.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
“The VW is comfortable, looks good, hauls a ton of stuff, is reasonably priced, is one of the best highway cruisers available anywhere, and can more than hold its own if you decide to assault a local back road.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 MINI Hardtop
“The cabin is quieter than those of Minis past (when it doesn't sound like a cocktail shaker), and the interior is much easier to use, thanks in part to the excellent infotainment suite, which is essentially BMW's iDrive reskinned with brighter colors. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
“One of the rare hybrids that can be fun to drive.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 FIAT 500e
“Factor in the electric's limited range and low-end grunt, and the 500E is best used as a dedicated city commuter.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Ford C-Max Energi
“The 5-passenger cabin is filled with attractive, soft-touch surfaces that combine to produce a remarkably upscale feel, particularly for this class of vehicle. Ergonomics are excellent, with controls that are user-friendly and easily accessible. Headroom is overly abundant in all seating positions, and rear legroom is suitable for six-footers.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2015 Kia Soul EV
“enough range for daily errands.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Chevrolet Volt
“Acceleration is one continuous ooze of thrust - sort-of CVT-like, only without the engine drone.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
“Despite its all-electric power, the e-Golf retains much of the driving charm of its gas and diesel VW Golf cohorts, thanks to a firm suspension and taut handling.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Audi A3
“Inside, the A3 sedan's cabin lives up to every expectation you might have, based on prior experience in modern Audis.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
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