Best Small Cars

Small cars can be hatchbacks, sedans, coupes or convertibles. The common link: adult-sized seating for two in front, with additional spaces for up to three small passengers in back (or none, in the case of some pickups, convertibles, and other body styles).
1
2018 Audi A4
2018 Audi A4
MSRP From: $36,000
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8.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Audi A4 and Allroad are sophisticated luxury cars with few glaring faults—and lots of commendable features, particularly the high-tech Virtual Cockpit.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
2
2018 Audi A5
2018 Audi A5 Sportback
MSRP From: $42,800
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7.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Audi A5 gets a hatchback body style that adds a measure of utility to go with its sleek and sporty luxury cachet.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
2
2018 Chevrolet Volt
2018 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP From: $33,220
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7.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
2
2018 Honda Civic
2018 Honda Civic
MSRP From: $18,940
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7.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
5
2018 Jaguar XE
2018 Jaguar XE
MSRP From: $35,725
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7.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Jaguar XE is the other, other compact luxury sedan. It aims high, and mostly delivers.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
5
2018 Kia Soul EV
2018 Kia Soul EV
MSRP From: $32,250
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7.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Kia Soul EV is the kind of electric vehicle we like to see. It’s fun, capable, and inconspicuous. We just wish it were easier to find at dealers.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2018 Ford Mustang
2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2
MSRP From: $25,680
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7.3
Expert Rating
“Athletic performance, decent fuel economy, and surprising technology make the 2018 Ford Mustang even better.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
8
2018 Audi S3
2018 Audi S3
MSRP From: $43,650
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
9 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
8
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
MSRP From: $36,620
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
8
2018 INFINITI Q60
2018 Infiniti Q60
MSRP From: $39,950
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a luxury coupe with a knockout one-two: devastating shape and savage performance in top trims.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
8
2018 Subaru WRX
2018 Subaru WRX
MSRP From: $26,995
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7.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Subaru WRX looks tame compared to its newest rivals. Step on the gas and you’ll be convinced otherwise.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 BMW 2-Series
2018 BMW 2-Series
MSRP From: $34,950
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 BMW 2-Series is a competent coupe with plenty of power—even in base trim.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2018 Chevrolet Camaro
MSRP From: $25,905
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6.8
Expert Rating
“A true sports car in muscle car guise, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro will go toe-to-toe with any performance rival and usually come out on top.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
9 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Redline
MSRP From: $16,975
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevy Cruze offers lots of compelling reasons to select it, but we’d like to see more safety tech on its standard equipment roster.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
MSRP From: $16,200
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6.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Kia Soul puts style ahead of safety features and turbo power.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 BMW 3-Series
MSRP From: $34,900
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Lexus IS
2018 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
MSRP From: $38,210
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6.7
Expert Rating
“The Lexus IS needs more powertrain guts, and more styling glory, to tackle the cars it wants to take down.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 BMW i3
2018 BMW i3s
MSRP From: $44,450
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2018 FIAT 124 Spider
2018 Fiat 124 Spider
MSRP From: $24,995
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6.6
Expert Rating
“The Fiat 124 Spider takes the best from the Mazda MX-5 Miata, namely its agile handling and comfortable ride, while adding turbocharged power and Italian flavor. It’s truly a driver's car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
18
2017 Nissan 370Z
2017 Nissan 370Z
MSRP From: $29,990
6.6
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Nissan 370Z has a classic sports-car shape, excellent sports-car handling, and a tuned Nismo track weapon in its lineup.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
21
2018 Volkswagen Beetle
2018 Volkswagen Beetle
MSRP From: $20,220
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it?” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Volkswagen Golf
2018 Volkswagen Golf R
MSRP From: $20,910
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6.5
Expert Rating
“There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Volvo S60
2018 Volvo S60
MSRP From: $34,100
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6.5
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Volvo S60 is a pleasant car, but rivals and even the rest of Volvo’s lineup have left it in the dust.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
MSRP From: $25,295
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6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
MSRP From: $30,495
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6.4
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2018 Subaru BRZ
2018 Subaru BRZ tS
MSRP From: $25,595
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight prizefighter that punches out of its class in handling, but not power.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 Toyota 86
2018 Toyota 86
MSRP From: $26,455
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6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota 86 is a thrilling entry sports car at an affordable price. We wholeheartedly appreciate its enthusiasm.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
8 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2017 Hyundai Veloster
2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
MSRP From: $18,100
6.3
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a economy-car cake pop: it sounds like too much, but its hatchback sensibility really does taste better dipped in a layer of quirk.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
8 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
8 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2019 Toyota Corolla
2019 Toyota Corolla hatch
MSRP From: $18,700
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is really a European-market model with American license plates.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Ford Focus
2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition
MSRP From: $17,950
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 Lexus RC
2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
MSRP From: $40,640
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The Lexus RC coupes step gradually from luxury liners to engaging sport coupes.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
7 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
MSRP From: $32,700
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6.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a gorgeous shape in an impressive package. Equally impressive? Its ability to get expensive, even despite being the most affordable sedan in Mercedes' stable.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
7 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
MSRP From: $15,295
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 Toyota Yaris
2018 Toyota Yaris
MSRP From: $15,635
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6.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota Yaris is two cars: a fun-to-drive sedan called the "iA," and a hatchback relic that's hard to recommend. Four doors=four thumbs up.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2019 Honda Fit
2019 Honda Fit
MSRP From: $16,190
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Honda Fit is the spiritual successor to what put Honda on the map: it's small, versatile, and fuel efficient.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP From: $18,545
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a mild-mannered, well-equipped compact sedan.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Acura ILX
2018 Acura ILX
MSRP From: $28,100
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Acura ILX is an acceptable entry-level luxury car, but a loaded-up mainstream model like the Honda Civic delivers more features and refinements for less money.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
8 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 FIAT 500e
2018 Fiat 500e
MSRP From: $32,995
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5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500e is a fashionable way to drive an all-electric vehicle, but its comparatively short battery range and limited availability undermines its broader appeal.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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2017 Buick Verano
2016 Buick Verano Turbo
MSRP From: $21,065
5.8
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn't return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
6 / 10
Safety
6 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2017 Lexus CT
2017 Lexus CT 200h
MSRP From: $31,250
5.7
Expert Rating
“The unexpectedly sporty character of the 2017 Lexus CT 200h may attract new buyers in the growing segment of luxury compacts, meaning its high fuel economy isn't its only allure.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
7 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2017 Volkswagen CC
2017 Volkswagen CC
MSRP From: $34,475
5.6
Expert Rating
“The sleek lines of the 2017 Volkswagen CC compromise its four-door sedan usability, making it a specialty choice in the segment.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Hyundai Accent
2018 Hyundai Accent
MSRP From: $14,995
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5.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Hyundai Accent clouds the new-or-used question, but only in well-equipped Limited trim.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio
MSRP From: $13,900
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5.4
Expert Rating
“New-car buyers seeking the comforts of a factory warranty can be limited in budget picks. The 2018 Kia Rio does many little things right for not a lot of cash.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2018 Toyota Prius C
2018 Toyota Prius C
MSRP From: $20,630
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5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Toyota Prius C is showing its age; it lacks refinement and is no longer top of the pack on fuel economy, while cheap gas makes the $20K price a heavy lift.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2017 smart fortwo
2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]
MSRP From: $14,650
5.2
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Smart ForTwo is the easiest car to park that you can buy, but if you have other needs, four-seat cars can offer more cabin space, equal fuel economy, and more flexibility.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
46
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
MSRP From: $33,070
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4.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Buick Cascada convertible means retirement like a gold watch. It’s stylish, small, and reasonably priced, but not very spacious.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
5 / 10
Features
7 / 10
Fuel Economy
4 / 10
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2018 FIAT 500
2018 Fiat 500
MSRP From: $16,245
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4.8
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500 packs more punch this year, but it’s still a statement of style over some substance.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
6 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
6 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 FIAT 500L
2018 Fiat 500L
MSRP From: $20,995
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4.4
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Fiat 500L has received a handful of interior and infotainment upgrades, but it's subpar in several aspects and remains among our lowest-rated cars.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
4 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
5 / 10
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2018 Ford Fiesta
2018 Ford Fiesta
MSRP From: $14,205
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4.3
Expert Rating
“The teensy 2018 Ford Fiesta lives its best life as a scintillating turbo-4 ST.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
5 / 10
Performance
5 / 10
Safety
3 / 10
Features
3 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
MSRP From: $17,795
4.3
Expert Rating
“The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has a cheap-looking interior, it's noisy on the road, and the gas mileage isn't remotely up to par; it's showing its 11 years of age and will likely appeal only to value-for-money shoppers.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
4 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
5 / 10
Fuel Economy
7 / 10
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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
MSRP From: $13,395
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4.0
Expert Rating
“The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most minimal four-seat car you can buy; with small cars lagging in sales, you can do better for little more money.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
1 / 10
Safety
4 / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
9 / 10
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2019 Chevrolet Spark
2019 Chevrolet Spark
MSRP From: $13,220
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3.8
Expert Rating
“The 2019 Chevrolet Spark makes a great urban minicar, but its appeal is limited.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
3 / 10
Performance
2 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
4 / 10
Fuel Economy
6 / 10
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2018 Nissan Versa
2018 Nissan Versa
MSRP From: $12,110
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3.8
Expert Rating
“The Nissan Versa is affordable transportation that has an appealing price—especially for students. It’s not quick but it is spacious, especially in hatchback form.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
2 / 10
Performance
3 / 10
Safety
2 / 10
Features
3 / 10
Fuel Economy
8 / 10
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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
MSRP From: $22,995
3.8
Expert Rating
“While the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is okay around town and holds four adults, its low price tag doesn't make up for inadequate range, marginal acceleration, and a dated interior.” Read Full Expert Review »
Styling
1 / 10
Performance
2 / 10
Safety
N/A / 10
Features
2 / 10
Fuel Economy
10 / 10
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