2002-07 Subaru Impreza

With the 2002 redesign, Impreza sticker prices moved above the Honda Civic to Volkswagen Jetta level. But workmanship and refinement belie Subaru's "premium small car" billing. Still, all-wheel [...]

2004-06 Scion xA

It may be badged a Scion, but the xA is pure Toyota. That implies solid workmanship and long-lived reliability, plus strong resale values, though it's too early to tell how Scions fare on that [...]

1991-95 Saturn Sedan/Wagon

Saturn sedans aren't the best choice in a subcompact, but overall they rank only slightly below the class-leading Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla...

1996-02 Saturn Sedan/Wagon

Despite some real improvements, these sedans and wagons still lag behind such rivals as the Civic and Corolla...

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 [...]

1995-99 Nissan Sentra

Solid and refined, Sentra looks like a good value in the small-car hunt. We'd even place it on a par with the Toyota Corolla--today's standard of comparison in the subcompact league...

1997-02 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mirage is definitely worth a test drive if you're shopping in the Civic/Corolla neighborhood and wouldn't mind saving a few dollars...

1990-94 Mitsubishi Precis

In performance and overall quality, Precis and the similar Excel lag behind the class-leading Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Price is its foremost attraction...

2002-06 Mitsubishi Lancer

Tepid acceleration with the base engine is the Lancer's only big fault, but mainstream models offer little to lure buyers away from higher-profile rivals like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. [...]

1999-03 Mazda Protege

Proteges often are overlooked by subcompact buyers. Too bad, because their roominess and driving pleasure equal--and even exceed--a Civic, Corolla, or Chevrolet Prizm. DX sedans, in particular, [...]

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