View the best upscale small cars, generally priced over $20,000. Then read reviews and compare small luxury cars to find one that’s right for you. Learn more about our rankings.

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Audi A4 Image
  • MSRP: $34,900 - $42,350
  • MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy

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2017 Audi A4

The 2017 Audi A4's cabin is one of the best in the class, offering an abundance of high-tech standard features, first-class materials, and outstanding ... Read full review»

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U.S. News Scores
Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.4
Interior:9.0
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 3_5
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BMW 4-Series Image
  • MSRP: $41,950 - $74,700
  • MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy

#2
2017 BMW 4-Series

The 2017 BMW 4 Series lays the blueprint for the ideal luxury small car. It’s fun to drive, big on power, heavy on refinement, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:9.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Image
  • MSRP: $37,995 - $72,000
  • MPG: 24 City / 33 Hwy

#3
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia has the performance chops to keep you grinning behind the wheel, with its quick reflexes and ample power. However, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:9.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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BMW 2-Series Image
  • MSRP: $33,150 - $52,500
  • MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy

#4
2017 BMW 2-Series

Starting at $33,150, the 2017 BMW 2 Series is not only the lowest-priced sedan produced by the German automaker, it's also one of the ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0
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BMW 3-Series Image
  • MSRP: $33,450 - $64,000
  • MPG: 23 City / 35 Hwy

#4
2017 BMW 3-Series

More than any other model, the 3 Series is the car that BMW has long built its brand and reputation on. With a combination ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.6
Reliability: 4_0
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Image
  • MSRP: $39,500 - $80,850
  • MPG: 24 City / 34 Hwy

#4
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class swaddles its occupants in elegant comfort. It’s full of high-tech features and luxurious cabin materials, and it smooths out bumps ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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Lexus RC Image
  • MSRP: $40,155 - $64,165
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

#7
2017 Lexus RC

The 2017 Lexus RC offers an array of potent engine options and a luxurious cabin. Although it tackles corners with decent agility, others in ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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Cadillac ATS Image
  • MSRP: $34,595 - $62,895
  • MPG: 22 (2016) City / 31 (2016) Hwy

#8
2017 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS was born to tackle the best of Germany, but over the years this sport-tuned Caddy has slipped to the middle of ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.3
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Audi A5 Image
  • MSRP: $41,200 - $61,100
  • MPG: 23 City / 32 Hwy

#9
2017 Audi A5

The 2017 Audi A5 offers a luxe interior and deft handling, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. However, fuel economy doesn't impress, and rivals ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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BMW i3 Image
  • MSRP: $42,400 - $48,300
  • MPG: N/A

#9
2017 BMW i3

Though it's more expensive than many rivals, the 2017 BMW i3 is a worthy contender among electric vehicles for its high-end interior, quick acceleration, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.9
Reliability: 3_5
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Jaguar XE Image
  • MSRP: $34,900 - $51,700
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy

#9
2017 Jaguar XE

Drivers seeking top-tier performance in a luxury small car should take the 2017 Jaguar XE for a test drive to experience its sharp handling. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.6
Interior:6.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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Lexus IS Image
  • MSRP: $37,825 - $43,535
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

#9
2017 Lexus IS

The Lexus IS is a compact sports sedan than comes up a little short in the sport department. It does provide some fun behind ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Audi A3 Image
  • MSRP: $31,200 - $42,900
  • MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy

#13
2017 Audi A3

With a low price, sporty performance, and a tech-filled cabin, the 2017 Audi A3 is worth consideration. Still, it's not the most spacious model ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Volvo S60 Image
  • MSRP: $33,950 - $60,000
  • MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy

#14
2017 Volvo S60

The 2017 Volvo S60 is a reasonably priced luxury small car offering some innovative safety features, but no standard rearview camera. It has comfortable ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.7
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Infiniti Q50 Image
  • MSRP: $33,950 - $50,700
  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy

#15
2017 Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 has powerful available engines, an excellent safety rating, and above-average predicted reliability. But it also has unsupportive seats, an infotainment ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.5
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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Lexus CT Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $31,250 - $31,250
  • MPG: 43 City / 40 Hwy

#16
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid stands out among luxury small cars simply because it’s a hybrid. In most other important considerations, though, like performance ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.7
Interior:6.9
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_5
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Image
  • MSRP: $32,400 - $49,950
  • MPG: 24 City / 36 Hwy

#16
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

It’s been a few years since the Mercedes-Benz CLA debuted in the luxury small car segment. While it's not the top car in the ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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Acura ILX Image
  • MSRP: $27,990 - $34,980
  • MPG: 25 City / 35 Hwy

#18
2017 Acura ILX

The 2017 Acura ILX has one of the lowest base prices in the class and gets better fuel economy than many rivals, but it ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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Buick Cascada Image
  • MSRP: $33,065 - $37,065
  • MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy

#18
2017 Buick Cascada

The 2017 Buick Cascada is a comfortable cruiser, but little else elevates it to compete with class leaders. Drab styling, poor fuel economy, and ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 4_0
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Infiniti Q60 Image
  • MSRP: $38,950 - $53,300
  • MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy

#18
2017 Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 may look like a high-performance luxury coupe, but its steering lets down its performance, and its cumbersome infotainment system detracts ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_0
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