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Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2012 compact cars (excluding luxury cars). Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Compact Cars.

1. Scion xB

Base MSRP: $16,300; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Scion xB

 

2. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Base MSRP: $19,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Jetta SportWagen

 

3. Volkswagen Golf

Base MSRP: $17,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

2012 Volkswagen Golf

 

4. Ford Focus

Base MSRP: $16,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Ford Focus

 

4. Nissan Leaf

Base MSRP: $35,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Nissan Leaf

6. Mazda 3    Base MSRP: $15,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 66

6. Subaru Impreza    Base MSRP: $17,495; Consumer Guide Rating: 66

8. Chevrolet Volt    Base MSRP: $39,145; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

8. Hyundai Elantra    Base MSRP: $15,345; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

8. Hyundai Elantra Touring    Base MSRP: $15,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

8. Volkswagen Jetta    Base MSRP: $16,495; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

12. Chevrolet Cruze    Base MSRP: $16,720; Consumer Guide Rating: 64

12. Nissan Versa    Base MSRP: $10,990; Consumer Guide Rating: 64

14. Honda Insight    Base MSRP: $18,350; Consumer Guide Rating: 63

14. Kia Forte    Base MSRP: $15,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 63

16. Honda Civic Sedan    Base MSRP: $15,805; Consumer Guide Rating: 62

17. Buick Verano    Base MSRP: $22,585; Consumer Guide Rating: 61

17. Honda Civic Hybrid    Base MSRP: $24,050; Consumer Guide Rating: 61

19. Honda Civic Coupe    Base MSRP: $15,605; Consumer Guide Rating: 59

20. Toyota Corolla    Base MSRP: $16,130; Consumer Guide Rating: 56

21. Nissan Sentra    Base MSRP: $16,060; Consumer Guide Rating: 55

21. Toyota Matrix    Base MSRP: $18,545; Consumer Guide Rating: 55

23. Mitsubishi Lancer    Base MSRP: $15,695; Consumer Guide Rating: 53

24. Dodge Caliber    Base MSRP: $17,380; Consumer Guide Rating: 52


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