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The Audi A3 offers the versatility of a compact hatchback with seating for five. Power comes from a choice of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Quattro all-wheel-drive is an option.
The Audi A7 is a sporty sedan with seating for four in a classy interior and a versatile hatchback layout. Power comes from a supercharged V6, as well as V8 turbo engines driving all wheels.
Available in sedan and hatchback bodystyles, the Chevy Cruze comes powered by 4-cylinder gas and Diesel engines and combines a spacious interior with relatively sporty handling.
Available with a choice of 4-cylinder engines, the Chevrolet HHR seats five in a spacious and versatile cabin. A two-seat panel version without rear seats is available.
The Chevy Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback bodystyles that offer seating for five and combine responsive handling with good gas mileage from 4-cylinder engines driving the front wheels.
The Chevrolet Volt is a dedicated hybrid that seats five and offers smooth and quiet operation, good acceleration, and competent dynamics.
The PT Cruiser combines the retro look of late-'30s American iron with modern performance, efficiency, and features. The PT Cruiser offers ample space for five passengers and their cargo.
Powered by a choice of 4-cyl. engines, the Caliber combines design elements of several classes, but trails the competition in build quality. SRT4 offers affordable performance.
The Ford Fiesta comes powered by a choice of 3- and 4-cylinder engines offering good power and fuel economy. With seating for 5, the Fiesta features comfortable seats and sporty handling.
The Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe introduces sleek styling and sporty handling to the hybrid segment. The two-passenger CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with hybrid assist.
The Honda Element is a utility vehicle that's designed to maximize space and hauling options in a fairly small package, with driving characteristics similar to a small sedan.
The Honda Fit is one of the most versatile vehicles in its class, thanks to its "magic" rear seats. It is powered by a willing 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and offers excellent handling.
The Hyundai Accent is a competent subcompact car that is big inside, sprightly underway and includes an impressive array of standard features.
The Kia Soul comes with bold styling, powered by two 4-cylinder engines, and provides space for five passengers in a spacious and versatile interior.
The Lexus CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with hybrid support and features handsome looks, excellent build-quality and a sporty ride.
Powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, the Mazda Mazda2 is practical and quite a bit of fun to drive. It's maneuverable for tight parking spaces, roomy for four and offers good cargo capacity.
Powered by a choice of 4-cylinder engines, the Mazda Mazda3 comes in sedan and hatchback bodystyles with handsome and sporty styling and excellent handling.
Powered by fuel-efficient 1.6l engines, the Mini Cooper comes in hatchback and convertible styles with, in hatchback form at least, decent space, and offers excellent handling.
The Nissan Cube is all-new for 2009. It features a uniquely styled exterior and versatile interior. It is powered by a 1.8l 4-cylinder mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual.
Powered by an electric motor producing 107 hp, the Leaf eschews a gas-engine, but remains useable everyday with seating for five and a driving range of 84 miles.
The Pontiac Vibe provides seating for five passengers and ample space for their luggage and comes powered by a choice of two 4-cylinder engines. All-wheel-drive is an option.
The Scion iQ is a focussed city car with four seats that works well in densely populated areas. Powered by a 1.3-liter engine, the Scion iQ provides decent acceleration but lacks sportiness.
The Scion brand targets Gen Y customers with uniquely styled, sporty, valuable, and extensively customizable vehicles. The sub-compact Scion xA comes with 103 hp, and five-doors.
With its boxy layout, the Scion xB offers ample space for five people and there luggage. Engine power, courtesy of a 2.4l 4-cyl., is adequate, the ride sporty, but wooden on the freeway.
Like its predecessor, the xA, the Scion xD comes well equipped, with air con, a Pioneer stereo, a full complement of power accessories, six airbags, anti-lock brakes, EBD, and brake-assist.
The smallest car available in the US, the Smart Fortwo comes powered by a 1.0l 3-cyl. engine and offers space for two passengers in hatchback and convertible bodystyles.
Available in sedan and hatchback styles, the Subaru Impreza comes powered by a choice of flat-4 engines. Standard all-wheel-drive provides ample traction in all wheather conditions.
Powered by a 2.0L 4-cyl., the Suzuki SX4 comes in sedan and hatchback bodystyles. The SX4 sedan offers responsive handling, while the hatchback offers cargo versatility and optional AWD.
Based on the Toyota Corolla, the Matrix offers seating for five, a large trunk, a choice of 4-cylinder engines, optional all-wheel-drive, and good handling.
The Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5l 4-cylinder, offering solid construction, good handling, and a relatively spacious interior for up to five passengers.