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2016 Chevrolet Spark
“Like the last Spark, the majority of this new model?s design and engineering work took place at GM's technical center in South Korea. This is a good thing, because cars of this size are far more common there than here in the U.S.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Hyundai Accent
“Its strengths are value and interior space.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2016 Scion iA
“..compelling packaging, high level of equipment, and outstanding dynamics.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 Toyota Corolla
“The front seats are comfortable and Toyota has lengthened their cushions; despite that, the Corolla will seat four six-footers without front-seat occupants having to slide their seats far forward” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Scion iM
“It's both a pleasure to drive, and - in-context - exciting.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2016 Ford Focus
“When it comes to that elusive fun-to-drive factor, for example, you'll find the Focus to be one of the more engaging cars in its class, with nimble handling that doesn't come at the expense of ride comfort.” —   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT
“...the GT represents yet another snappy interpretation of Hyundai's latest design language.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 Volkswagen Jetta
“The interior is clean, stylish and comfortable, while being smart, accommodating, and functional.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 Toyota Prius c
“Doing our eco best on a 15-mile loop, we managed an indicated 55 mpg. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer
“ represents good value for money and offers relatively sporty driving manners...” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2016 Chevrolet Cruze
“The Cruze takes to the curves ably, with a competent suspension and good body control. ” —   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Kia Soul
“...Kia Soul remains one of the most space-efficient, fashionable vehicles on the market...” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2016 Volkswagen Beetle
“Comfortable and spacious up front, .. VW Beetle's cabin is well-laid out and handsome” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2016 Hyundai Elantra
“The Hyundai Elantra combines a roomy cabin, lots of equipment, impressive fuel economy, and a low price. ” — Consumer Reports   See More Reviews
2016 Hyundai Veloster
“Hyundai's brilliant design team has integrated this 3-door design into the car's sleek styling so unless you look close, you'd be none the wiser.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 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
2016 FIAT 500
“It's fuel-efficient, easy to toss around and can be parked without aid of cameras or warnings.” —   See More Reviews
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
“As with most electric powertrains, acceleration is very good as peak torque is available on command from a dead stop. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 Toyota Prius
“What's not to like about 50 mpg?” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited
“...a competent member of the economy sedan class, with decent fuel efficiency, sharp if aging styling and a solid roster of features for the money.” —   See More Reviews
2016 Ford Focus ST
“The only transmission is a short-throw six-speed manual, further emphasizing the Focus ST's high-performance purpose. Handling, meanwhile, is honed by sport-tuned underpinnings that can even facilitate a touch of oversteer for accomplished drivers at a track day.” —   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Volkswagen Golf
“The body feels stiff, the chassis firm, and the steering is as responsive as ever.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 Mazda Mazda3
“the latest Mazda 3 reasserts its place as a premier choice for a small sedan or hatchback.” —   See More Reviews
2016 Buick Verano
“Our test-driver called the Buick's steering "crystal clear" thanks to its ample response and precision.” —   See More Reviews
2016 Honda Civic
“Like other Civics, the base model turns in quickly and rotates with heroically little front-end push, although all of the models we drove would benefit from more tire grip.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 MINI Clubman
“Built on the bones of the recently redesigned Mini Hardtop, the new Clubman cuts an attractive profile thanks to a low, wide stance that works with the curvaceous bodywork.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 Ford Focus Electric
“As for the Focus Electric, its battery-powered motor delivers immediate acceleration from a standing start, but that snappy sensation diminishes at higher speeds. Handling isn't quite as sharp either [as the Focus], but it's still one of the better-driving EVs in this price range.” —   See More Reviews
2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
“One of the rare hybrids that can be fun to drive.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Kia Soul EV
“...Soul EV retains the boxy profile and different look of the basic model, which offers more space for people and cargo than most small cars with the same footprint” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2016 Chevrolet Volt
“Acceleration is one continuous ooze of thrust - sort-of CVT-like, only without the engine drone.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2016 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
2016 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
2016 Ford Focus RS
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