2014-15 Toyota Corolla

Corolla retains a conservative, practical character that appeals to a broad range of compact-car shoppers who just wanted reliable transportation. There were plenty of compact cars that are more [...]

2011-15 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet's latest compact sedan represents itself very well in a crowded and highly competitive market segment. Engines are smooth and offer good power for most everyday driving situations. The [...]

2010-14 Volkswagen Golf

Jetta's hatchback sibling--the Golf--injects a fun-to-drive, refined, and fairly roomy dose of sportiness into the compact-car class. The TDI's spunky diesel engine, along with a sport [...]

2011-14 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen's redesigned compact took some notable steps forward in the realms of passenger and cargo room, as well as powertrain refinement that exceeds the class norm. Unfortunately, Jetta also [...]

2009-13 Toyota Corolla

Toyota's take-no-chances approach has served legions of Corolla buyers who want a quiet, soft ride, and value good fuel economy over lively performance. The current model doesn't stray from that [...]

2008-14 Mitsubishi Lancer

Regular Lancers ride and handle well enough, but cost cutting is evident in too many places (especially inside the cabin) for this to rank as a strong value. These small sedans haven't raised the [...]

2012-14 Nissan Versa

Versa is priced like a subcompact, but its blend of room, comfort, and overall refinement are an easy match for any number of more-expensive compact cars. Modest acceleration and some obvious [...]

2014 Kia Forte

When I was growing up, no self-respecting car guy would ever be caught dead driving a 4-door. That general attitude has changed now, and so has mine; Forte’s 4-door hatchback version would now be [...]

2013-14 Dodge Dart

Dart's uplevel Limited has some options that you don't often find in this class, such as rear cross-traffic alert and a heated steering wheel. Further, these extras don't add a tremendous amount [...]

2003-07 Saturn Ion

Despite disappointing interior decor, Ion matches most like-priced competitors for comfort and performance, though Saturn trails in mechanical refinement. The Quad Coupe has more storage [...]

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