All Small Cars Are Not Created Equal

Compacts and subcompacts are up 40% in 2008. But in the long run, more than size will matter

American car buyers are quickly shifting to much smaller, more fuel-efficient models. But according to studies of initial quality done by J.D. Power & Associates, buyers aren't targeting just high fuel economy. Close behind gas mileage is a desire for reliability, followed narrowly by workmanship. If you don't believe the studies, the proof is in the high-mileage cars that are the hottest, and those that are laggards.

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