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Consumer Reports tests Small cars to find the best based on the following criteria

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The Highs, Lows, and Overall Rating refer to the model and trim line that we tested. A model earns the "CR Recommended" label by Consumer Reports when it has performed well in our tests, our subscriber -survey data indicate that it should be at least average in reliability, and has performed at least adequately in any government and/or insurance-industry crash tests or government rollover test, if tested. There are several reasons why a model would have no designation: It wasn't tested recently; it didn't test well; it did poorly in a crash test or tip-up in the rollover test; it has a below-average reliability record; it's too new to have reliability data; or we have insufficient reliability data.


This Small car comes as a sedan, wagon body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 2.5-liter 4 turbo (265 hp) and 2.5-liter 4 turbo (305 hp) . It's available in AWD wheel drive and in a 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual transmissions.

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Predicted reliability is our forecast of how well a model is likely to hold up derived from our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey. We averaged a model's Used Car Verdict for the newest three years, provided the model did not change significantly during that time. Refer to Reliability History for more detailed explanation.


This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 1.8-liter 4 electric (134 hp) and 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (134 hp) . It's available in Front wheel drive and in a CVT transmissions.

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Indicates percentage of owners surveyed who would definitely purchase the same vehicle again.


This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 1.4-liter 4 electric (150 hp) . It's available in Front wheel drive and in a 1-speed direct transmissions.

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A composite score of CR's test results for braking performance, emergency handling, acceleration, driving position, visibility, and seat comfort. Braking and emergency handling carry the most weight.


This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback, sedan body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 1.0-liter 3 turbo (123 hp), 1.6-liter 4 (120 hp) and 1.6-liter 4 turbo (197 hp). It's available in Front wheel drive and in a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions.

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Overall MPG (overall mileage) is CR's measurement based on a realistic mix of highway, country-road, and city driving.


This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback, coupe, sedan body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp), 1.8-liter 4 (148 hp) and 2.0-liter 4 (173 hp). It's available in Front wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions.

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This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (140 hp) and 2.5-liter 5 (170 hp). It's available in Front or AWD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions.

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This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 1.5-liter 4 (117 hp) and 1.5-liter 4 electric (123 hp). It's available in Front wheel drive and in a 1-speed direct, 5-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions.

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This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 1.5-liter 4 (117 hp) and 1.5-liter 4 electric (123 hp). It's available in Front wheel drive and in a 1-speed direct, 5-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions.

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The small sedan category is home to basic economy cars and compact premium cars. Typical characteristics include good fuel economy, elevated levels of noise in many cases, and limited space for passengers, especially in the rear and for cargo. Many small sedans come in hatchback versions, with two or four doors. Though technically not sedans, hatchbacks can add considerable utility to these models without costing much more or sacrificing gas mileage. The engines are nearly always four-cylinders, typically with 1.4- to 2.0-liter displacement. High-performance and special fuel-economy models may be turbocharged. Prices normally range from $15,000 to $20,000, and fuel economy averages from the mid-20s mpg to low-30s overall for traditional gasoline-powered cars.


This Small car comes as a sedan, wagon body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 2.0-liter 4 (148 hp). It's available in AWD wheel drive and in a 5-speed manual and CVT transmissions.

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This Small car comes as a 4-door hatchback body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (140 hp) and 2.5-liter 5 (170 hp). It's available in Front or AWD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions.

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This category includes sporty hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen GTI, Mazdaspeed3, and Mini Cooper S, sporty coupes such as the Scion tC, and true sports cars such as the Mazda Miata and Scion FR-S. Engines are usually four cylinders and often turbocharged. The emphasis is on crisp handling, and the ride typically suffers as a result of stiff suspension and low-profile tires. The cabins are often noisy, too. Fuel economy varies from about mid-20s to low-30s overall, with the higher-horsepower models delivering worse fuel economy than non-sporty small cars. Hatchbacks usually have better rear seat room than coupes.


This Small car comes as a convertible, coupe body style. The powertrain on this Small car is a 3.0-liter 6 (230 hp), 3.0-liter 6 turbo (300 hp) and 3.0-liter 6 turbo (320 hp). It's available in Rear wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 7-speed sequential transmissions.