Best Small Car: Honda Fit and Audi A3
The Fit’s configurable cabin, numerous standard amenities and peppy performance secure its place as one of the top affordable small cars and hatchbacks. 30 to 40 real-world miles per gallon, modest price, fun to drive, and distinctive-looking.
The Audi A3 performs like a sports car in the body of a stylish compact hatchback. The 2008 Audi A3 is a good combination of stellar performance and safety, coupled with the utility of a small hatchback. We also praise the A3′s respectable gas mileage for its class.
Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna
The Honda Odyssey receives an excellent ranking because it delivers one of the best combinations of power, road-handling, and cargo/passenger versatility in its class. Moreover, a long list of standard convenience and safety features, combined with Honda’s reputation for manufacturing quality vehicles, makes it deserving of attention. The Odyssey has good interior flexibility and impressive fit and finish. The third row folds flat. Handling is agile and precise, and the ride is steady. The V6 is smooth and quiet, but road noise is pronounced. Crash test results for the Odyssey are outstanding.
The Toyota Sienna ranks highly because it delivers the best combination of power, comfort, and interior space in its class. Reviewers find that the 2008 Sienna is a comfortable, safe and reliable minivan with a surprising amount of power off the line, a touch of exterior flair, and plenty of space for a family and their stuff. Edmunds reports “the Sienna’s spacious cabin is handsomely fitted.” All Sienna minivans feature a 3.5 liter V6 engine and front wheel drive (FWD) as standard, while the LE, XLE and Limited can also be equipped with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The ride is super smooth and virtually silent. Even at highway speeds, all is calm and quiet onboard.