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J.D. Power 2013 initial quality top subcompact car

MSRP: $14,720
MPG: 29 City / 35 Hwy

This sporty subcompact is a fun one and similar to the Ford Fiesta--as part of Mazda's Dearborn heritage (before the Mulally sell-off). Because it's already lilliputian, the 1.5L inline four-cylinnder and 100 hp complete with 90 lb-ft of torque makes this little devil feel spunky even if the specs don't let on as much.

8 hottest cars under $15,000

It's clear that Gen Y-ers, saddled by student loan debt and facing high unemployment, are buying fewer cars--with Americans between ages 21 and 34 purchasing just 27% of new cars in 2010, a drop from 38% in 1985.

But no one needs to buy a Mercedes-Benz S-Class to hit the road; here is a list of eight stylish rides that won't break the bank.

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